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'Sarah Palin's Alaska': No second season. (Dang?)

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sarah-palin-caribouImage Credit: Gilles Mingasson/DiscoveryIt’s easily one of the most buzzed-about (or should we say slammed?) shows in the history of TLC, so it’s natural to assume that Sarah Palin’s Alaska could have a future on the cable network, right? Unfortunately for you caribou-hunting fans, there’s only bummer news to report (for now). EW did its due diligence and discovered there are no plans to send uber-producer Mark Burnett back to Wasilla with Palin, who’s lured an averaged 3.2 million viewers to TLC with her show. So this Sunday’s two-hour finale of Sarah Palin’s Alaska appears to be its last.

Insiders admit that Palin seemed to enjoy doing the show more than she expected, in spite of the bad press that it generated. But it makes sense why Palin wouldn’t want to commit to another season: If she and her family chose to shoot more episodes, it would surely be interpreted as a sign that she had no plans to run for office. By not doing a second round, Palin would spare TLC the trouble of having to provide her fellow candidates with equal-access time of their own in the event she did decide to run. So, so long, show about hunting, Eskimo bingo, and vacation spots that are so not for Kate Gosselin!

Were you hoping for a second season?

For more on Sarah Palin’s Alaska:
Aaron Sorkin: ‘Sarah Palin is deranged’
PETA fires at Sarah Palin for caribou hunting
‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’: Palin shoots the caribou

Originally posted January 7 2011 — 7:49 PM EST

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