Speaking of PBS, I keeping thinking of something I would love to see. It might happen one day and I can't wait to see it. I'm sure it will be a HUGE hit! Huge!
What I want to see is a weekly series, like Saturday Night Live, or an HBO series like the Bill Maher show, where dems and liberals are made fun of exclusively! I'm talking about a show that appeals to conservatives where fun is poked at all the major players and major issues concerning the dems and the libs.
Can you imagine it? The dems and the libs would be furious, but the ratings would go through the roof. There is so much material to work with!
First, we need a crack team of comedy writers to come up with sketches and spots that only make fun of dems and libs. Second, we need a comedian who is as gifted with ad libs as Maher. This will be the MC, point man, and will be in some of the sketches. Next we need an ensemble of comedians and character actors who can be the major players, but we always want to keep the door open for new talent. Of course, we have to assemble this troop from Hollywood, where you can't even "breath" a conservative word or you'll never get hired. But there is a load of starving talent out there: money talks, politics walk.
Every week the nation would be waiting on the edge of their seat for the program to begin. Howard Dean has a gaffe, baam, we got a sketch. Hillary says something caustic, baam, we got a sketch. Some liberal nutcake group does something nutty, baam, we got a sketch. Moore comes out with a new documentary, baam, we got a season's worth of bit parts.
Even if it has been all quiet during the week on the front lines of the culture war, we still have a wealth of stuff to use for comedy. I mean, we can show the editors of NYT sitting around fabricating stories on the Bush administration. We can show reporters from the Boston Globe telling an informant how to shade a story. We can show a Hollywood celeb at a party complaining that the Beverly Hills Doggie Hotel was booked and the poor dog was stuck with that tiny 1000 square foot room doggie room, with no satellite TV! We can show a student vexing his professor at UCLA with truth, while the professor starts sweating and shrieking that Evolution is fact. We can show clandestine attempts by liberals in all black attire trying to sneak into voting offices at midnight to poke holes in voter’s punch cards to thwart the machines.
Hey, it would all be in fun, nothing harmful or slanderous. It would have to be clean and funny (something that is very achievable but has rarely been attempted in Hollywood since the early 90's). And it would be ahead of its time. People would watch at first just for the novelty of it.
Well, I hope somebody is listening out there. You got a hungry group of 150-200 million conservatives who would watch anyway just for spite (how else are they going to show their rage, we only vote for congress every two years and the presidency every four). This group made zillionaires of the makers of The Pirates of the Caribbean, Passion of the Christ, and other clean entertainment. How is Hollywood not connecting the dots here? I thought they loved money?