CBS finds controversial 'Reagan' miniseries too hot to handle

MUMBAI: A true story about former president Ronald Reagan and his family generated a storm of criticism from the conservative majority in the US.

Such was the ferocious velocity that CBS was forced to drop plans to air the same. Instead the US broadcaster has decided to air reruns of shows.

The miniseries was supposed to air on 16 and 18 November. The conservatives argued that the show distorted Regan's character and achievements. Reports indicate that CBS will have reruns of CSI: Miami and Without a Trace.

Making matters worse is the fact that one of the reruns will face off against the American Music Awards. The Reagans has been moved to pay cable channel Showtime. It has about a fifth of CBS' audience. An air date is yet to be announced.

One can argue that the news is not good. The film was not yet in public domain and this could start an unhealthy trend where a network cancels a show which could bring in the ratings because those that control the ad dollars are unhappy.

However it is not just CBS that was the target of a skillfully crafted hate campaign. has regularly been receiving hate mails directed at Hallmark. In August we had run a story about Hallmark's plans to bring four new miniseries to Mipcom 2003. One of them was The Reagans. One comment from the US read, "You should be ashamed distributing First Family: The Reagans. Why smear and distort a great living American icon when they can't defend themselves? We will boycott Hallmark stores."

Another comment went like this. "Hallmark Entertainment has produced a portrait of president and his wife that is totally fallacious and a Left Wing hatchet job to discredit one of our greatest presidents... one who is near death and cannot defend himself. I strongly urge any overseas purchaser of this distribution to turn your back on it. Joel Denton should be ashamed of his pandering in distributing this outrageous piece of slander."

Of course now that CBS has dropped the miniseries the mails have stopped.

Latest Reads
Viacom18 confirms the departure of Raj Nayak

In an official statement released to the media, Viacom18 confirmed the departure of Raj Nayak, the media network’s Chief Operating Officer.

Television TV Channels GECs
Sony Pictures Networks India gears up for the India tour of Australia with engaging programming initiatives

For the year ending high-octane cricket series between India and Australia, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), will be undertaking several initiatives to enhance the viewing experience and increase engagement with cricket enthusiasts across the nation.

Television TV Channels Sports
Sony Entertainment Television appoints Sagnik Mukherjee as AVP marketing

Sagnik Mukherjee is set to join Sony Entertainment Television as associate vice president marketing, a source close to the development confirmed to

Television TV Channels People
Viacom18 COO Raj Nayak quits

Colors' Big Boss has quit, according to media reports. We are talking about Viacom18 COO Raj Nayak, who is the brain behind the most popular reality show Big Boss.

Television TV Channels GECs
Monuments Turn Red, As National Geographic Raises an Alarm for Planet Conservation

Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, pollution in various parts of the world is at its peak, and tonnes of plastic waste is in the oceans.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
Network 18's Joy Chakraborthy steps down

Forbes CEO and Network 18 President(Revenue) Joy Chakraborthy has stepped down from his role, according to media reports.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Sony BBC Earth hosts the extraordinary Natural History Producer and Global Storyteller, Jonny Keeling, in India

Sony BBC Earth, India’s No. 1 factual entertainment channel and home to the most iconic and premium content, continues to deliver to its promise of making the viewers ‘feel alive’.

Television TV Channels Factual @ Discovery
‘Ab Jungle meinhoga Dangal’ with the Hindi Television Premiere of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungleon November 24th at 8pm only on &pictures

Ever wonder how it feels to be inside a game and play the character you choose? In the brand-new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji.

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
Broadcasters see regional adex space growing

Now that the Hindi fervour has died down, broadcasters and advertisers have latched on to the regional segment. It's no wonder that the adex in the space is expected to grow as well. According to the global ad growth forecast of GroupM, India’s adex is expected to grow at 14.2 per cent compared to...

Television TV Channels Regional

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories