Tea Party TV

Boston Tea PartyCan’t get enough of the Tea Party? No problem, they’re making a TV series. Paul Bond reports for the Hollywood Reporter:

Those who belong to the conservative movement known as the Tea Party are acutely aware of the power of popular culture, so they have been cautiously delving into the creation of entertainment that promotes their values. It usually manifests itself in snippets of online political parody. Coming Sunday, though, is perhaps the most ambitious effort yet: A “TV show” created by a couple of Tea Partiers who have formed their own production company.

The one-hour drama is called Courage, New Hampshire, and it premiers Sunday at a movie theater in Monrovia, Calif. Co-hosting the red carpet activities are Saturday Night Live alumna Victoria Jackson and radio personality Tony Katz, both of whom regularly speak at Tea Party rallies.

Courage has the pacing and feel of a soap opera, though its set in Colonial America. While its creators are making it as a TV show, there’s no distribution partner, so it’s going straight to DVD after the premiere. The company, Colony Bay, is also trying to strike deals with conservative online TV outlets, like Glenn Beck’s GBTV and Kelsey Grammer’s Right Network, and are seeking a television VOD partner…

[continues in the Hollywood Reporter]

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20 Comments on "Tea Party TV"

  1. Anonymous | Jun 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm |

    Wow.  How are they gonna fill a whole programming day with their vacuum of historical knowledge?  It’s like the old song goes:  “Nothin’ from nothing leaves nothin'”
     
    Gotta have somethin’, if ya wanna be with me . . .

    Went out to a local ‘teach tabhairne’ last night, and engaged in an amusing discussion of “economics” with some of the area geniuses who professed affiliation with the Tea Party.  Apparently working as a junior clerk with a regional bank and holding a degree in education qualified them to pontificate on economics.  I also learned that China’s policy of executing business leaders for poisoning baby food qualified them as a Free Market economy.

    Yeah, the Tea Party is a skid stain on the intellectual and moral history of the United States.  But at least they’re good for a laugh.

  2. Liam_McGonagle | Jun 24, 2011 at 11:12 am |

    Wow.  How are they gonna fill a whole programming day with their vacuum of historical knowledge?  It’s like the old song goes:  “Nothin’ from nothing leaves nothin'”
     
    Gotta have somethin’, if ya wanna be with me . . .

    Went out to a local ‘teach tabhairne’ last night, and engaged in an amusing discussion of “economics” with some of the area geniuses who professed affiliation with the Tea Party.  Apparently working as a junior clerk with a regional bank and holding a degree in education qualified them to pontificate on economics.  I also learned that China’s policy of executing business leaders for poisoning baby food qualified them as a Free Market economy.

    Yeah, the Tea Party is a skid stain on the intellectual and moral history of the United States.  But at least they’re good for a laugh.

    • your friend | Jun 24, 2011 at 11:37 am |

      I don’t like their extremist feel but in their defense you don’t need a degree to understand anything thats being conservative as well. It helps sometimes to have one but does not guarantee any understanding. 

      • Liam_McGonagle | Jun 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm |

        Fair play.  But if a person is going to engage in a reputational arms race, per the rote Tea Party tactic, they shouldn’t show up brandishing a squirt gun.

        Their level of argument is so impoverished that they immediately invoke their expertise in footing a column of numbers instead of achieving even the most basic understanding of terms like “economic multiplier” and “money supply”.

    • They don’t need no stinkin’ historical knowledge–they have paranoid delusions!

    • Hadrian999 | Jun 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm |

      well when the vast majority of a nation’s historical knowledge comes from cartoons and talk radio hosts you don’t need to be brilliant to totally con them, I’m sure it’ll be big on linking the teaparty to big name founding fathers that the their target demographic have no actual knowledge of.

    • You wanna argue I’ll argue piss brain whats the topic comrade.

  3. your friend | Jun 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm |

    I don’t like their extremist feel but in their defense you don’t need a degree to understand anything thats being conservative as well. It helps sometimes to have one but does not guarantee any understanding. 

  4. ArgosyJones | Jun 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm |

    This needs to be a nasty exploitative reality TV show.  With Charles Koch as the disembodied voice that instructs them in their next challenge.  “I have hidden a series of small items at the Institute for humane studies, lets see how well you jackals can scavenge…”

  5. ArgosyJones | Jun 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm |

    This needs to be a nasty exploitative reality TV show.  With Charles Koch as the disembodied voice that instructs them in their next challenge.  “I have hidden a series of small items at the Institute for humane studies, lets see how well you jackals can scavenge…”

  6. They don’t need no stinkin’ historical knowledge–they have paranoid delusions!

  7. Anonymous | Jun 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm |

    Fair play.  But if a person is going to engage in a reputational arms race, per the rote Tea Party tactic, they shouldn’t show up brandishing a squirt gun.

    Their level of argument is so impoverished that they immediately invoke their expertise in footing a column of numbers instead of achieving even the most basic understanding of terms like “economic multiplier” and “money supply”.

  8. Anonymous | Jun 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm |

    Fair play.  But if a person is going to engage in a reputational arms race, per the rote Tea Party tactic, they shouldn’t show up brandishing a squirt gun.

    Their level of argument is so impoverished that they immediately invoke their expertise in footing a column of numbers instead of achieving even the most basic understanding of terms like “economic multiplier” and “money supply”.

  9. DeepCough | Jun 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm |

    The question arises: should we put this on Comedy Central or the Fox Network?

  10. DeepCough | Jun 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm |

    The question arises: should we put this on Comedy Central or the Fox Network?

  11. Hadrian999 | Jun 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm |

    well when the vast majority of a nation’s historical knowledge comes from cartoons and talk radio hosts you don’t need to be brilliant to totally con them, I’m sure it’ll be big on linking the teaparty to big name founding fathers that the their target demographic have no actual knowledge of.

  12. Anonymous | Jun 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm |

    Boil the water, 
    Break out the honey,
    Show your courage,
    And give us your money

  13. Anonymous | Jun 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm |

    Boil the water, 
    Break out the honey,
    Show your courage,
    And give us your money

  14. GoodDoktorBad | Jun 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm |

    Boil the water, 
    Break out the honey,
    Show your courage,
    And give us your money

  15. You wanna argue I’ll argue piss brain whats the topic comrade.

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