Could 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Lead to Sarah Palin's White House?

New reality show doesn't necessarily count out a WH bid, expert says.

ByABC News
November 12, 2010, 11:36 AM

Nov. 15, 2010— -- You've probably seen former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin campaigning or commentating, but have you ever seen her fish, hike or hit the dirt road on an ATV?

That's what you'll get if you tune in to the new reality show "Sarah Palin's Alaska," which premiered on TLC Sunday night.

But while the new show gives viewers an inside if somewhat scripted look at the life of America's highest-profile Alaskan, it left many questioning whether starring in a reality show would hurt or help a potential 2012 presidential bid.

"She has to decide: Is she going to make her life as a celebrity and take that path, or is she going to get serious about politics and government?" ABC News political correspondent Cokie Roberts told "Good Morning America." "I think at this point she hasn't decided. ... And this program is a way to keep her options open."

In the show, Palin is shown fishing on Alaska's scenic Big River Lake with a pair of brown bears playing in the background.

But it also takes a look inside Palin and husband Todd's Wasilla, Alaska, home. In one scene, Palin has to stop a boy from heading upstairs to teenage daughter Willow's room.

"See this gate?" she says, referring to a small gate designed to keep toddlers corralled. "It's not just for [2-year-old son] Trig. It's for noooo boys go upstairs."