(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Palin's latest endeavor is less John and Sarah, and more “Jon and Kate.” The former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate is following in the footsteps of the Kardashians, and her oldest daughter, Bristol, who this season appears on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Proving once again she's a maverick, Palin is turning a new leaf – starring in her own eight-part series, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which premieres Sunday on TLC.
"I think that she believes that as long as her fame is increasing, that can be translated and poured into a political campaign,” said Stephen Mansfield, author of "The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin." He thinks the show is inconsistent with the image Palin wants to project.
“I think that it's actually going to give her more to overcome than it is going to help her,” he said. “Of what I've seen of the show, she's not looking very presidential. She's running around in shorts, she's chopping up fish."
"I'd rather being doing this than in some dumpy old political office," Palin says in a promotional clip.
“She's gone in a different direction than I had expected,” Mansfield told ABC News, “and I'm not sure it's going to work for her."
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