Levi Johnston to Look for Love, Political Legitimacy in New Reality Show

Levi Johnston to run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, just like Sarah Palin.

Aug. 10, 2010 — -- He couldn't make it work with Bristol Palin, but maybe he can do good by the people of Wasilla, Alaska.

Maybe. Levi Johnston is planning to run for city office in the town where ex-Alaska governor and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin got her start in politics. Cameras will chronicle his campaign as part of "Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office," a reality show about the 20-year-old single dad's search for love and political legitimacy.

"The docu-soap will follow the ever controversial, headline making, matinee idol, handsome father of one as he embarks on a run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska," executive producer Canaan Rubin said in a statement, adding that the series "will chronicle a 'no-holds-barred' period in Levi's tumultuous life; co-raising his son Tripp, looking for love, and taking care of business for his fellow Wasillians. He will give us a real inside look into who he is as a father, a skilled hunter, an avid dirt biker, and of course his journey down the road of small town politics -- right after he gets his high school diploma."

Yes, Johnston plans to beef up his resume (current highlights: posing for Playgirl, guesting on Kathy Griffin's "My Life on the D-List") by getting a GED. His announcement comes on the heels of an appearance at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards, a guest-starring role in a music video with aspiring pop singer Brittani Senser, and last week's news that he and Bristol Palin broke up, again.

But according to Johnston, despite all America's seen and heard about him already, there's more to discover.

"Obviously running for mayor is the big part of the show," he said in an interview with Variety published on Monday. "A little bit of that I'm going to have my boys, I'll have my life in Hollywood, I'll be back in Alaska. It's hard to figure me out. You've got to follow me around. I'm very different. I live a crazy life. Basically it will be both worlds. My life in Hollywood and back home, the real country boy that I am."

Levi Johnston Eyes Wasilla Town Hall, all for a Reality Show

Johnston won't be alone in his quest. Tank Jones, the man who negotiated his spread for Playgirl, will play the role of campaign manager. There's the small issue that Wasilla's mayoral chair isn't actually up for election until 2012, but according to Jones, that won't hold Johnston back: he may mull a run for city council.

If Johnston clinches the mayorship, it's onwards and upwards. But Jones said that Johnston's not trying to copy anyone else's political career, certainly not that of a certain glasses-wearing ex-Alaska governor who all but said that she could see Russia from her house.

"We're going to go for governor after mayor," Jones told Variety. "If we successfully do the mayor thing, we're going to do the governorship. We're not trying to copy anybody, but we feel he can better serve these two positions that have been so light for so long. He's going to come in and try to help the people."