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New Cable Series Wants to Make Audiences Cheer for the KGB
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 15, 2013 @ 7:49 pm In The Point | 13 Comments
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.
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