Bristol Palin‘s new reality TV show Life’s a Tripp premieres Tuesday, and early reviews are polarized with one reviewer admitting one’s reaction to the show will probably be based mostly on what the viewer thinks of Bristol’s mother.
Life’s a Tripp airs Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. on Lifetime and starts Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaskan governor and controversial right-wing lightning rod Sarah Palin. With 14 episodes ordered, the show shies away from politics and focuses on the day-to-day of Bristol Palin’s life with her son, Tripp. In it, Bristol tries to make ends meet as a single mom in Los Angeles, though her experience would be hard to relate to. She lives in a mansion belonging to friends while searching for her own apartment and works for a charity. The premiere also contains her now infamous confrontation with an incredibly rude heckler.
“I can’t wait for everyone’s reaction to it,” said Bristol of the show.
There aren’t many who share that sentiment.
David Hinckley of the NYDailyNews called the show “dull” and “depressing,” arguing that “unless the show can arrange for her to run into a jerk every week, there isn’t a lot else here that is apt to make the viewer glance at the TV screen while this innocuous show rolls past.”
David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle says that Bristol’s biggest challenge is that she’s just too normal for the most part. “The challenge is that she’s just not that interesting. She’s not especially glamorous, and, at the other end of the spectrum, is no Alaskan Snooki either. She’s relatively levelheaded, although she pitches a weeping hissy fit when Willow wants to leave Los Angeles, saying ‘she has no idea the pressure I’m under,’ and breaks down in tears after confronting the Palin-hating moron at the bar.”
“I would never call myself a celebrity,” Bristol says, “and I would never really want to be one. I never seek out stuff like this. I never sought out Dancing With the Stars. Things have been handed to me, and I’ve taken opportunities.”
So what do you need the show for?