As of late everyone wants to pass commentary on the political state of affairs in the USA. HBO has does it share on more than one occasion (RECOUNT, GAME CHANGE, THE BRINK) but it seems the likes of Bill Maher, John Oliver and VEEP are not quite enough. So now, in the works comes WAG THE DOG.
It might sound familiar because it was a 1997 movie starring Robert De Niro under the direction of Barry Levinson. It is now being considered as a half-hour comedy and will still be under the watchful eye of Levinson, as director/executive producer alongside producer Tom Fontana. HBO states that the series is “an ode to the classic film, but moving the weapons of mass distraction beyond politics and into business, entertainment, and yes, non-profits. In the 21st Century with the tools of social media at their hands, nothing is off limits to a small group of operators when it comes to manufacturing reality. Fake news is so yesterday.”
The movie starts with a scandal at the White House where the unseen and nameless POTUS is accused of fondling a young girl scout visiting the Oval Office just a few weeks before Election Day. Conrad Brean (Robert DeNiro), a notorious political “spin doctor” is called to a secret midnight meeting at the White by Winifred Ames (Anne Heche), one of the President’s many advisers, where she asks for his help to engineer a way and a means to divert the news of the scandal when it breaks in the newspapers the next day. Brean suggests creating an artificial war for television only to distract the American public and let the President get on with the job at hand.
If it is anything like the movie then this series will be a whip-crack smart addition to the political commentary HBO likes to feature. Have you seen Wag The Dog? Do you think this political satire is worth exploring? We do and we will keep you posted on future developments.