Mark Your Calendars: Showtime to air 'Reagans' Nov. 30

DealMonkey

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Frankly I'm tired of people making judgements on this when they haven't seen it too. :)

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Showtime to air 'Reagans' Nov. 30
'We just thought it didn't make sense to prolong this'

NEW YORK (AP) -- Showtime will air "The Reagans," the made-for-TV movie that CBS scuttled, on November 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 was bowing to pressure in handing off the project to Showtime, but said producers made a film that crossed the line into advocacy.

Greenblatt said the movie, which was to air over two prime-time nights on CBS, would be shown commercial-free in one sitting -- at 8 p.m. EST the Sunday after Thanksgiving -- and would last about three hours. Showtime will air a panel discussion about the movie with people familiar with Reagan's presidency the following night.

Michael Paranzino, who set up the Web site boycottcbs.com to fight the TV movie on CBS, said it might be harder to persuade Showtime to change its mind because it is smaller. Showtime is seen in just under 15 million homes; CBS is in 108 million.

"I think that Showtime realized they have a turkey on their hands and turkeys don't last much beyond Thanksgiving," said Paranzino, a government affairs consultant from Maryland. "I'm disappointed that they reversed their promise to take a fresh look and not air it until 2004."

He said he'll try to make people who were upset about the movie aware of Showtime's plans -- but he won't be watching.

"I've never had Showtime because I never had a strong interest in watching 'Porky's Revenge' at 3:30 in the morning," Paranzino said.

Greenblatt said the movie will appear pretty much the way the filmmakers made it.

Left out, however, will be a scene about AIDS that was the focus of controversy when a version of the screenplay was leaked. Reagan had been depicted as uncaring and judgmental toward people with AIDS.

"I think this is as balanced and honest a movie as can be made out of this movie," Greenblatt said. "We're never going to please the people who are on the extreme right side of the argument and there are people who are the left side of the argument who will think we didn't go far enough."

CBS had believed that producers were making a love story about Ronald and Nancy Reagan, with politics as a backdrop. But CBS was angered about a tone that appeared too strident.

The movie's producers, Crag Zadan and Neil Meron, said they are "pleased that our final version of the movie will be presented. We are proud to live in a country where everyone, including artists and writers, has the right of free speech."
 

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Originally posted by: DealMonkey
Frankly I'm tired of people making judgements on this when they haven't seen it too. :
I think the reason is that a lot of historians said it was historically innacurate, and since most people who watch tv take everything they see as true(or so liberals claim w/ violence on tv etc) , was the reason this was pulled off networks. aside from that since no one takes showtime seriously i dont have a problem with them showing it.
 

DealMonkey

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So, let me get this straight for the record. Conservative Reagan-worshippers DON'T care so much that the movie is shown, just that it wasn't shown on network TV? Do I have that correct?
 

JoeBaD

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Shame they can't show a distorted movie about JFK immediately thereafter. Of course, you wouldn't have to distort it much to pop the liberal Kennedy love-fest balloon.

Back atcha libs!
 

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Originally posted by: JoeBaD
Shame they can't show a distorted movie about JFK immediately thereafter. Of course, you wouldn't have to distort it much to pop the liberal Kennedy love-fest balloon.

Back atcha libs!

It wouldnt have to be distorted at all.

The only reason Kennedy is so revered is because he was assasinated.
 

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Originally posted by: nutxo
Originally posted by: JoeBaD
Shame they can't show a distorted movie about JFK immediately thereafter. Of course, you wouldn't have to distort it much to pop the liberal Kennedy love-fest balloon.

Back atcha libs!

It wouldnt have to be distorted at all.

The only reason Kennedy is so revered is because he was assasinated.
BS

I am extremely conservative and know why JFK was loved by all.
It's really simple. He was tough with foreign relations--a trait that conservatives love. JFK forced the Soviet Union to back down during the Cuban Missle Crissis. Sure our missles were removed in turkey in exchange for the removal of the cuban silos, but JFK proved he would hold his ground and stand strong against communist aggression. That's why i feel he was a great president and why so many conservatives do.
 

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