|Bristol Palin with Tripp|
Ever since reality TV burst onto the scene 12 years ago, people have wondered if shows like Survivor are staged, scripted or real. And, years before that, MTV's original Real World seemed sorta real - you know, as real as shoving seven strangers into an apartment and filming it can be.
If nothing else, Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp (Lifetime, 10pm) underscores why reality producers on shows like, I'm guessing, E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians hand their cast scripts before cameras start rolling.
Everyday life, just like sifting through a pile of a friend's family photos, isn't all that interesting.
Such is the case with Bristol Palin, daughter of one-time vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Bristol seems like a nice young mom who shouldn't be subjected to the pressure of making a TV show compelling.
You can't help but watch Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp and hope she leaves the spotlight behind and makes the most of her life, and her son's life, without creating the type of real-or-faked drama that reality TV shows need in order to be worth watching.
On Life's a Tripp - Tripp is her son's name - Bristol leaves Alaska (and mom Sarah) for Los Angeles, where she is going to volunteer with a charity. Her sister Willow tags along, mostly to babysit Tripp.
On tonight's premiere, Bristol and Willow experience life in the big city. Which, in this case, means shopping for clothes that are skimpy by Alaska standards and visiting nightclubs where some jerk shouts that her "mom is evil."
That's not nice, no matter what you think of Sarah Palin or her political views. But it's also not that much fun to watch.