Who needs the History Channel? I've got Showtime. (For a month, at least. Yes, I subscribed for The Reagans. But secretly? It's because I want to watch that Penn & Teller show.)
Before we get to see The Reagans, the president of the network appears in talking head-style to defend the film. He's wearing a suit with a blue and white striped tie, and he's sitting against a red background. Got it. Patriotic. Let's all allow a small lump in our throat for A'murica: Land of the Shuttled TV Mini-Series. Talking Head President says "we" believe the film is an honest portrayal of a controversial presidency. He says that the film tries to portray that controversy along with Ronald Reagan's "incomparable statesmanship, charisma, and galvanizing political leadership." Psst, Mr. Showtime President: Skip the flattery. Ron's totally not gonna hear you. Mr. Showtime President gets a little snippy about people who haven't seen the film, yet denounced it. Hey, the script was posted in its entirety on Salon. It's not our fault it got leaked. Mr. Showtime President says "we" (he and the mouse in his pocket) believe the film is an honest portrayal of the turning points in Ronald Reagan's life and in his political career. He says that the filmmakers tried to have a factual basis for every scene in the film. Some dialogue is embellished, and some characters are composites. But he says that the historical facts have been carefully researched. He says that Showtime is in a unique position to take risks and show the kind of daring, mind-blowing, ass-shattering, kneecap-popping programming that can spark such debate. Like that other show, what's it called? Queer As Folk? Nobody ever debates anything about that show, do they? And by the way, Showtime says: Fuck you, HBO. Showtime President says that "we" are glad to be in a country where such debate is allowed. How many countries are left where you can't show a mini-series about Ronald Reagan? I'll bet Cuba would show it. God, this guy talks a lot. He goes on about responsibility and scrutiny and takes credit for making people more interested in history. All it made me want to do was go to IMDb.com. Those who do not bookmark the Internet Movie Database are condemned to reload it.
And the movie's ready to start. I thought that guy would never leave. On repeat showings, I might add, Showtime President Guy's little spiel wasn't broadcast.