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    Picture of the Day: A New Tea Party 'TV Show'

    By Chris Good Jun 27 2011, 3:46 PM ET Comment
    Courage, New Hampshire: The Travail of Sarah Pine (trailer above) premiered last night at a theater in Monrovia, Calif., and, while it won't air on actual TV any time soon, it is a TV-style series that aims for a less-liberal retelling of colonial America.
    Two tea-partiers, a Hollywood development executive and a Patrick Henry impersonator, formed a new production company called Colony Bay and are self-financing the endeavor. They say they're making the series as an alternative to liberal-influenced entertainment media; it'll go straight to DVD, and they're looking for conservative media partners to run it online, The Hollywood Reporter wrote last week:
    Colony Bay was founded by James Patrick Riley and Jonathan Wilson, who started in Hollywood as an assistant in ICM's motion picture literary department and became director of development for Peter Hyams, working on films like End of Days with Arnold Schwarzenegger. They met when Wilson was forming the Pasadena chapter of Tea Partiers and he recruited Riley, an experienced Patrick Henry impersonator, to perform at an event. ... In fact, Riley said he didn't even bother pitching the show to traditional TV outlets.
    "They wouldn't get it, or trust us. We know we're new, and we'd like to prove ourselves on our own, without focus groups or leftist-orthodoxies telling us which stories to tell," Riley said.
    The plot centers on a colonial woman who accuses a British sergeant of seducing and impregnating her, then refusing to help her care for the child.
    Entertainment media seems to be a popular new model for tea partiers. In the fall of 2009, former House majority leader Dick Armey's group FreedomWorks promoted a tea-party documentary. More recently, that group and other tea partiers promoted the feature film Atlas Shrugged: Part 1.
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    Tea Party TV Show Opens in Monrovia, Draws Attention from National Magazine

    The show debuted at Krikorian on Sunday.
    By Nathan McIntire | Email the author | June 27, 2011
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    A television show created by the Tea Party that premiered in Monrovia this week drew attention Monday from The Atlantic magazine, a national publication that covers politics.
    No major television stations plan to run the show, but it has attracted attention because of its goal of retelling the story of colonial America with a "less-liberal" slant, according to The Atlantic's website. The show debuted at the Krikorian theater on Sunday.
    "Two tea-partiers, a Hollywood development executive and a Patrick Henry impersonator, formed a new production company called Colony Bay and are self-financing the endeavor," The Atlantic reports. "They say they're making the series as an alternative to liberal-influenced entertainment media..."
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    Kelsey Grammer Launching Tea Party TV


    By Tim Murphy
    | Tue Apr. 20, 2010 11:54 AM PDT


    Jon Voight may be more outspoken, but for years Kelsey Grammer has been one of Hollywood's most prominent conservatives. The Frasier star endorsed John McCain in 2008, and has told reporters he may someday run for office himself (he did, after all, play a Republican presidential candidate in the 2008 movie Swing Vote). Now, Grammer has taken his activism to its logical conclusion: This summer, he's backing the launch of The RightNetwork, an on-demand television channel catering to, in his words, "Americans who are looking for content that reflects and reinforces their perspective and world-view." Think of it as Fox News without the news.
    The RightNetwork's rollout hasn't been without controversy. A press release from RightNetwork, which suggested that Comcast was a partner in the project, has since been taken down, and the broadcast giant has sternly denied any involvement (although it may still decide to carry the channel).

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    In addition to churning out and retracting press releases, the network is plugging three original shows: Right To Laugh, which features conservative stand-up comedians (sample joke: "I think it's wrong to kill a fetus. Teenagers I'm not so sure about."); Politics & Poker, which is exactly what it sounds like; and Running, a documentary-style program that shadows a handful of first-time conservative congressional candidates (like Ari David, a comedian from Malibu who tells us he's running to take the seat "currently infested by Henry Waxman"). Judging by the trailer, Running may be the network's most compelling offering; it's a lot like the Real World, except most of the show's cast will never actually make it to the House.
    Considering his screen life as a snobby coastal elite, it's a little surprising to actually see Kelsey Grammer launching it, but RightNetwork isn't all that radical of an idea. Say what you will about the movement, but Tea Partiers are nothing if not entrepreneurial. As Big Government's Andrew Breitbart tells us in the Politics & Poker trailer, "My entire business model is built around what a horrible president President Obama is." And that's kind of the point of RightNetwork. Conservatives are riled up about the midterm election, and they'll be darned if they don't find a way to make some money off of it.
    Unrelatedly, here's an episode of Frasier (pdf) in which he and Niles throw a tea party. You're welcome.
    Tim Murphy is a reporter at Mother Jones. Email him with tips and insights at tmurphy@motherjones.com.
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