New Cable Series Wants to Make Audiences Cheer for the KGB

Oddly we never do seem to get around to that cable series which will make us cheer for the SS. But getting audiences to cheer for the KGB is fine. Because an organization that killed countless numbers of people, terrorized entire countries and engaged in every atrocity you can think of are the good guys… so long as they’re fellow progressives.

  Briefly sidelined by Sandy, FX’s The Americans started production in New York in December and gets a speedy launch on the network later this month.

The thriller, which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as embedded Soviet spies in 1981 Washington, DC, made an appearance during Wednesday’s Television Critics Association winter press tour — and producers were quick to emphasize who viewers should be rooting for.

“It might be a little different to believe and get used to, but we want you to root for the KGB,” said EP Joel Fields. “They’re going to try to get the Soviets to win the Cold War.”

History knows they’re fighting a losing battle, but the creative team behind the high-profile launch expressed a confidence that more than enough time has passed for American audiences to not hold a grudge.

“If you tried to tell a story like this about al-Qaeda now, it would be impossible; no one would want to hear it,” Fields continued. “I feel even the same could have been said up to 10 years after the cold war ended.”

A grudge? Really. This isn’t like the Yankees and the Red Sox.

There are plenty of Americans still living today whose family members were murdered by the KGB. Others spent decades in prison camps. And if the USSR had won the Cold War, all this would have come here.

Then again considering the existence of this series and this administration, sometimes it’s not clear who really won the Cold War.

And Joel Fields implies that he would like to tell a story in which you’re supposed to root for Al Qaeda, but not even the most liberal cable network will air that… until ten years from now.

Now you may never tune in to this series, but if you watch Rizzoli & Isles, another show that Fields works on, you’re still putting money in his pocket. And even if you don’t, the current structure of cable is such that you’re paying for the KGB Hour and Al Jazeera in America.

That’s why cord cutting is the answer. One of the most promising such proposals comes from Intel which plans to offer per channel and per series subscriptions. If it wins big, then Al Jazeera will have wasted 500 million dollars and the nature of the entertainment industry will change because your cable subscription will no longer be funding the leftist rantings of this country’s enemies.

  • Mary Sue

    Cheer for the KGB? What a bunch of idiots.

  • imperitus

    When did the KGB murder Americans?

    • UCSPanther

      Read some Cold War history, dummy.

    • Rifleman

      Let me guess, bill ayers helped write your history books in government school?

  • Daniel Greenfield

    For much of its existence. Juliet Stuart Poyntz is just one example.

  • truebearing

    The moral turpitude in this country is overflowing, like some kind of toxic, evil tar. It is incredible that people would lionize evil like the KGB. It is even more amazing that there are enough fools in this country who are stupid enough to cheer for the bad guys…but I have no doubt there will be plenty.

    BTW Daniel, were these spies Obama's mentors, Hillary's, or perhaps the KGB handlers for Frank Marshal Davis?

  • Larry

    Given that "Dexter" has a "hero" who is a serial killer, and "Weeds" is lauding a drug dealer, why would people not expect them to double down?

    As long as idiots watch shows that laud the scum then the low lives in TV and movie production la la land are going to continue to push the envelope as far as scum goes.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "A grudge? Really. This isn’t like the Yankees and the Red Sox."

    Evidently to many if not most Americans, it was less important than baseball team rivalries.

  • thatsitivehadenough

    The only way to fight them is with knowledge sharing:
    "Blacklisted By History – The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy"
    "You Can Still Trust The Communists to Be Communists"
    "Witness" by Whittaker Chambers:

  • Jakareh

    I don't think gulags were all bad. I'd send Joel Fields to one. Al Gore too.

  • arkansawyer

    Liberals cheer for anything evil and anti-American.

  • Ghostwriter

    Cheer for the KGB? No way on Earth. Even the most dense person on the planet know that the KGB were a bunch of monsters. I won't watch that stupid series,not even if someone PAID me to do it.

  • cognitionemission

    How ironic that this article is about a pro-Communism TV show, while 'a la carte' television broadcasting is actually not legal right now in the United States…perhaps the USSR was never crushed – it just immigrated to America.

    Intel will have some serious political and legal hoops to jump through – I hope they are successful, but I won't hold my breath.