AP is now reporting …
AP is now reporting that CBS is, in fact, pulling the miniseries:

CBS insisted it was not bowing to pressure about portions of the script, but that the decision was made after seeing the finished film.

“Although the miniseries features impressive production values and acting performances, and although the producers have sources to verify each scene in the script, we believe it does not present a balanced portrayal of the Reagans for CBS and its audience,” the network said in a statement.

Two words: Yeah. Right. Moonves himself was taking control of the project, and they still aren’t airing it on the broadcast network. Is he saying that even he couldn’t make it a fair portrayal? Apparently not, and yet…

The network said it was licensing the completed film to Showtime, a pay cable network that, like CBS, is owned by Viacom.


As a broadcast network, CBS has different standards than a pay cable network, CBS said.

Ah, so Showtime can show movies that are presented as “fair” while the network president won’t air it on broadcast television. If it’s unfair, why is it being made? Why is it not being sold as “loosely based on events that may or may not have happened”, which is apparently what it is?

Air it, but be honest about it, even if it is on cable.

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