Sarah Palin joins pilot for ‘Judge Judy’-style reality show

Former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin plans to deliberate cases as TV reality-show judge.

Howard Bragman, a spokesman for the Montana-based production company Warm Springs, confirmed to USA Today on Tuesday that Palin, 52, signed on last month to star in a pilot for a projected syndicated daytime show that would debut next year. People magazine had first reported the news, citing an anonymous source.

The publicist expressed confidence that despite Palin’s not being a lawyer, the pilot would sell. “She’s sold millions of books,” he told the paper, “one of which sold over two million copies, she’s a proven ratings draw, she has close to six million followers on social media, she has a huge audience, and you can say that audience corresponds well with a daytime audience.”

The executive producer is Larry Lyttle, whose credits encompass the similar shows “Judge Judy” and “Judge Joe Brown,” said The Hollywood Reporter. No studio was announced for the still-unnamed pilot.

Palin’s on-air experience includes a role as a Fox News contributor through last year, and as star of the TLC reality show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” from 2010-11. She also was a regular on the 2012 Lifetime reality show “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.”