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  • Showtime's 'The Reagans' a Ratings Dud

    12/04/2003 7:12:58 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 11 replies · 200+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/4/03 | Limbacher
    Despite the media uproar of "The Reagans," its premiere on Showtime didn't exactly set the cable world ablaze, according to Zap2it.com. According to news reports, a little over 1 million viewers watched the three-hour movie, which did bring a larger-than-average audience to the pay-cable network Sunday, but not one big enough to rank in the Top 40 cable programs for last week. Eschewing the Showtime offering, about 3.5 million people watched the season finale of HBO's "Carnivale" Sunday. However, HBO is available in about three times as many homes as Showtime, which reaches between 12 million and 13 million subscribers....
  • Live Thread: Showtime's Reagan Movie Panel Discussion Simulcast on C-SPAN

    12/01/2003 6:03:11 PM PST · by kristinn · 153 replies · 220+ views
    C-SPAN/ Showtime ^ | Monday, December 1, 2003 | Kristinn
    Live now at 9 p.m. EST. Hosted by Frank Sesno.
  • Showtime's The Reagans as Belittling and Derogatory as Feared

    12/01/2003 10:36:19 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 48 replies · 224+ views
    MediaResearch ^ | 7:10am EST, Monday December 1, 2003 | BrentBaker
    I spent three hours -- two hours and 53 minutes to be exact -- on Sunday night watching The Reagans on Showtime so I could spare you the pain: The movie, originally produced as a two- part mini-series for CBS, was every bit as awful as conservatives feared with a belittling portrayal of Ronald Reagan. The movie delivered a cartoonish Ronald Reagan, played by James Brolin, who read words fed to him by others, seemed capable only of uttering short quips about "commies" and "big government" and followed the orders of others -- mainly an all-controlling Nancy Reagan, played by...
  • DID YOU WATCH THE REAGANS ON SHOWTIME? POLL ON SHOWTIME

    12/01/2003 11:43:35 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 27 replies · 487+ views
    SHOWTIME.COM ^ | Dec. 01, 2003 | SHOWTIME
    POLLDid you watch The Reagans on Showtime? Did the movie change your opinion about the Reagan Presidency? How do you think the movie will influence other people's opinions of the Reagan years? How would you characterize the point of view of the movie? How warranted was the controversy over the movie "The Reagans?" How much do you agree with CBS's decision not to run the movie? Did you vote for Ronald Reagan in either 1980 or 1984? To delve into the polarizing issues surrounding the hotly debated movie, SHOWTIME will present a special round-table forum, CONTROVERSY: "THE REAGANS." The forum...
  • Beyond 'Reagans' Hoopla, a critical, typical biopic

    12/01/2003 11:21:37 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 6 replies · 170+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 12/1/03 | Matthew Gilbert
    <p>The oldest rule of Hollywood must be that nothing calls attention to a product quite like controversy. So it's surprising that Reagan loyalists leaned so heavily on CBS to reject "The Reagans" last month, thereby creating much anticipatory ado about an average docudrama that certainly accentuates the negative about the former president and his wife.</p>
  • The Reagans Movie Live Thread

    11/30/2003 4:56:36 PM PST · by WinOne4TheGipper · 7 replies · 126+ views
    11/30/03 | will1776
    Please post your thoughts/observations on the Reagan movie on this thread.
  • Hatchet Job? Reagan Movie Is Run of the Mill (The Official New York Times Review!)

    11/30/2003 2:16:26 AM PST · by Timesink · 26 replies · 328+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 30, 2003 | Alessandra Stanley
    November 30, 2003TELEVISION REVIEWHatchet Job? Reagan Movie Is Run of the MillBy ALESSANDRA STANLEY here is no reason Showtime's version of "The Reagans" could not have been broadcast on CBS earlier this month. Tonight's made-for-television movie incited conservatives to threaten a boycott, which led the network to cancel it. Consigned to Showtime, a premium cable channel owned by CBS's parent company, Viacom, "The Reagans" turns out to be neither a liberal screed on Reaganomics nor a character attack on former President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy. It is a movie. More precisely, it is a made-for-television movie that squeezes...
  • Actor James Brolin Breaks His Silence on "The Reagans" Movie

    11/27/2003 3:38:29 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 27 replies · 370+ views
    MetroSource Newswire | 11/27/03 | Ilyssa Panitz
    Actor James Brolin Breaks His Silence on "The Reagans" Movie. (New YOrk, NY) - Actor James Brolin has broken his silence about the controversial movie "The Reagans." The film, which has not yet aired, began to generate heavy publicity after Brolin's famous wife, Barbra Streisand, issued some harsh words against CBS for pulling the plug on the movie. During an interview, Brolin defended his wife by addressing the rumor that Streisand's Hollywood weight played a role in the tone of the script. Brolin said, "She was only on the set a short time and had not read the script. They're...
  • 'Reagans' filmmakers: CBS ruined movie

    11/25/2003 8:29:55 AM PST · by presidio9 · 18 replies · 183+ views
    AP ^ | Tuesday, November 25, 2003
    <p>The director of "The Reagans" complained Monday that CBS butchered his made-for-TV movie, ultimately making it too incoherent for the network to air.</p> <p>"We were, in a sense, banished" from the editing process before CBS ditched it, director Robert Ackerman said.</p>
  • SHOWTIME BOSS RAPS MOONVES ON 'REAGANS'

    11/25/2003 12:45:51 AM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 214+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/25/03 | ADAM BUCKMAN
    <p>November 25, 2003 -- THE president of Show time had some strong words yesterday for the chairman of CBS about the ill-fated miniseries about Ronald and Nancy Reagan that was cancelled by CBS, then dumped on Showtime by their parent company, Viacom. "If [CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves] didn't know what movie he was getting, that's not the fault of the producers, the director or anyone associated with the film," said Robert Greenblatt, president of entertainment for Showtime Networks, in a telephone news conference yesterday with TV critics.</p>
  • GIVING THANKS FOR FREE SPEECH

    11/24/2003 6:09:13 PM PST · by Impeach98 · 9 replies · 156+ views
    The Defend Reagan Committee - www.DefendReagan.org ^ | November 24, 2003 | Howard Kaloogian
    GIVING THANKS FOR FREE SPEECHBy The Honorable Howard Kaloogian, Chairman, Defend Reagan Committee Hundreds of thousands of Americans recently exercised their right of free speech and persuaded CBS Television not to run a mean-spirited and false miniseries about President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan. Yet to listen to the howls emanating from the liberal left, one would think that such citizen action was crass censorship – dangerous and hostile to our civil liberties. The fury began after an October 21st New York Times article revealed that the CBS miniseries, “The Reagans,” would be a hatchet job on President Reagan, his...
  • Defend Reagan Committee Fights Showtime Smear of Reagan

    11/20/2003 5:16:33 PM PST · by Impeach98 · 9 replies · 327+ views
    Defend Reagan Committee - www.DefendReagan.org ^ | 11/20/2003 | Howard Kaloogian - Defend Reagan Committee
    Viacom & Showtime Shut Down E-Mail Systems !! TO: Supporters of the Defend Reagan Committee FROM: Howard Kaloogian Chairman, Defend Reagan Committeewww.DefendReagan.org November 20, 2003 &#8211; 5:35 P.M. PSTThank you very much to the thousands of you who joined in our latest efforts to protest Viacom-Showtime&#8217;s attack on President Reagan with their upcoming broadcast of the hitpiece, &#8220;The Reagans.&#8221;So many of you wrote to Viacom and Showtime to complain that they shut down their email systems. Apparently Viacom and Showtime want everyone to hear what they have to say about President Reagan (even though much of it is totally...
  • Showtime Announces 'Reagans' to Run in Ten Days, Not Next Year

    11/19/2003 9:25:26 PM PST · by GulliverSwift · 3 replies · 168+ views
    Associated Press Showtime will air "The Reagans," the made-for-TV movie that CBS scuttled, on Nov. 30. The cable channel's announcement Monday was unexpected, since it had originally planned to air the movie next year. "We just thought it didn't make sense to prolong this and bring it on next year," said Robert Greenblatt, Showtime entertainment president. "I'm just tired of people making judgments on this when they haven't seen it. Let them see it." Fans of the former president, accusing CBS of distorting Ronald Reagan's legacy while he's sick with Alzheimer's disease, had mounted a furious protest. CBS denied it...
  • 'The Reagans' To Air Nov. 30

    11/18/2003 3:59:24 PM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 104+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 11/18/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    Showtime plans to air the controversial movie "The Reagans" without commercials on Nov. 30, rather than in 2004. "We just thought it didn't make sense to prolong this and bring it on next year," said Robert Greenblatt, Showtime's entertainment president. "I'm just tired of people making judgments on this when they haven't seen it. Let them see it." Michael Paranzino, who set up the Web site boycottcbs.com to fight the TV movie, originally scheduled to air on CBS, told the Associated Press, "I think that Showtime realized they have a turkey on their hands, and turkeys don't last much beyond...
  • The Reagans on Showtime

    11/18/2003 5:26:03 AM PST · by BooksForTheRight.com · 7 replies · 124+ views
    The cable network Showtime, eager to capitalize on the controversy surrounding the movie "The Reagans," announced yesterday it plans to premiere the show much sooner than expected. ADVERTISEMENT "The Reagans" will now air Nov. 30 at 8 p.m., just four days after it was originally scheduled to be broadcast on CBS.
  • Showtime to Air 'The Reagans' on Nov. 30

    11/17/2003 2:13:04 PM PST · by steppenwolffe · 14 replies · 145+ views
    AP ^ | 11-17-03
    NEW YORK - Showtime will air "The Reagans," the made-for-TV movie that CBS scuttled, on Nov. 30. The cable channel's announcement Monday was unexpected, since it had originally planned to air the movie next year. "We just thought it didn't make sense to prolong this and bring it on next year," said Robert Greenblatt, Showtime entertainment president. "I'm just tired of people making judgments on this when they haven't seen it. Let them see it." Fans of the former president, accusing CBS of distorting Ronald Reagan's legacy while he's sick with Alzheimer's disease, had mounted a furious protest. CBS denied...
  • CBS chief denies pressure led to 'Reagans' cancellation

    11/10/2003 2:35:38 PM PST · by Onelifetogive · 12 replies · 127+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 11/10/2003 | Worldnetdaily
    Did CBS chairman Leslie Moonves cave in to political and economic pressure when he canceled 'The Reagans' miniseries? The network honcho vehemently rejects the suggestion, calling it an "absolute lie." "It was a moral decision, not an economic or a political one," Moonves stressed in an interview with Daily Variety. "And I don't know how more plainly I can state that." A network statement issued last week following the cancellation of the controversial miniseries similarly insisted the decision had nothing to do with the backlash from Reagan supporters. "This decision is based solely on our reaction to seeing the final...
  • CBS dancing to Republican tune

    11/10/2003 11:11:34 AM PST · by holymoly · 59 replies · 232+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Nov. 9, 2003 | ANTONIA ZERBISIAS
    CBS dancing to Republican tune ANTONIA ZERBISIAS I'm thinking of having the above photo retaken in order to show the drywall embedded in my forehead. It's a wonder I stopped bashing my head long enough to eke out this column. It's been that kind of week. First, there was CBS's dumping of its sweeps period biopic The Reagans after a right wing-organized backlash, and then, at Thursday's Canadian Journalists For Free Expression awards dinner, I got into a surreal argument with a TV network foreign affairs producer who made the outrageous claim that the U.S. never lied about its motives...
  • The Culture Wars Reach the Culture

    11/09/2003 9:09:29 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 8 replies · 623+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 11/10/03 | ROBERT L. BARTLEY
    <p>We hit a milestone with CBS's canceling of "The Reagans."</p> <p>CBS blinked.</p> <p>We hit a milestone in the culture wars last week with the internment of the threatened Ronald Reagan hit job. For once, perhaps for the first time, one of our pre-eminent cultural institutions conceded that the great unwashed had it right. Instead of wrapping itself in the First Amendment right to be irresponsible, the network looked for the least graceless way out.</p>
  • Why must we pretend the 40th president was alert and engaged?

    11/07/2003 6:23:36 AM PST · by CC Bonnocco · 136 replies · 250+ views
    Slate ^ | Timothy Noah
    Thunderous protest has persuaded CBS to cancel The Reagans, its miniseries about America's 40th president and his second wife. (The series will air instead on Showtime, which shares a corporate parent with CBS.) It isn't especially troubling that CBS would bow to angry protesters in canceling The Reagans, given that the miniseries itself, if at all typical of the genre, is likely a piece of hackwork. (Those who live by popular tastes, die by popular tastes.) But it is troubling that the public, or at least a highly influential segment of it, has apparently ruled any criticism of President Reagan...