Flop Premiering this Fall
July 24, 2006 02:58 PM
Editor & Publisher is out with a story about a new show premiering this fall. Brothers and Sisters will air in the choice time slot that falls right after Desperate Housewives. It will star Calista Flockhart as a "conservative newspaper pundit." We're using the scare quotes on "conservative newspaper pundit" to emphasize that the show's producers likely do not know what the hell such an animal might look like. We should all be on notice: gross misunderstanding of conservatives will be showcased in the near future.
The show's producer describes Calista's character thusly:
She's ideologically, in some respects, very much in mind with the older parts of the party, the sort of Eisenhower Republican, the William Buckley conservative.
So before the first episode even airs, we can see that they are starting out by getting it wrong. Eisenhower Republicans are NOT Buckley conservatives, Hollywood. WFB founded National Review in large part because of frustration with the liberal policies of the Eisenhower administration. Yes, Hollywood. Conservatives think Eisenhower was a LIBERAL. We don't think much of Nixon, either, but you have never figured that one out, and it's probably a lost cause trying to convince you.
But in any event... Hollywood: If you think Calista Flockhart is going to do a good job portraying a conservative newspaper pundit--and on a show that speaks of conservatives like they are an exhibit from the zoo--think again. Perhaps also consider hiring a conservative--Cathy Seipp, maybe--to consult for the show. Girl's local. Funny too. And she'd actually know what it is like to be a conservative newspaper pundit.