'Sarah Palin's Alaska" isn't a "political" show, per se -- but the fact that it's built around a possible 2012 presidential contender makes it more than just your average nature series.
But, for the most part, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," produced by "Survivor" guru Mark Burnett, sticks to giving viewers a tour of Alaska's sights -- and a glimpse into Palin's private world.
Palin's entire family -- husband Todd, sons Track and Trigg and daughters Bristol, Willow and Piper -- are all featured in the show, the first episode which Burnett personally screened for The Post.
"This is the kind of TV no one's ever done before -- an epic travelogue, but with the family component," Burnett says. "It's a fun take . . . on an outdoorsy family, and there's the curiosity factor as well in seeing Sarah at home with her kids and her husband.
"You'll get to see a pioneer family in a pioneer state."
The bulk of the first episode, which premieres Nov. 14, takes place at the Palin home on Lake Lucille in Wasilla, where the opening scene features Sarah and her daughters in the kitchen. Each member of the family is then introduced. (Their names are superimposed over their freeze-framed image.)
The rest of the episode follows the family as they go fishing in Big River Lake -- where they're menaced by a bear -- and then take an RV trip to Denali National Park (joined by Sarah's parents, Chuck and Sally).
Later in the episode, Sarah and Todd return to Denali to climb a sliver of the Ruth Glacier, located near the base of Mt. McKinley. Throughout the episode, Sarah ticks off a variety of facts about Alaska (which she says has "Ninety-eight percent of the nation's grizzly population"; the state itself, she says, is "600,000 square miles").
There's also another (pixillated) person featured in the first episode -- the Palins' "new neighbor," author Joe McGinniss, who's moved next door while he researches and writes a book about Sarah. (Continues here)