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Podcasting’s Comic-Con: Marc Maron, Jon Lovett, Alison Rosen Join L.A. Festival

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Podcasting’s Comic-Con: Marc Maron, Jon Lovett, Alison Rosen Join L.A. Festival
Podcasting’s top 1 percent — the professional community of advertising networks and distribution platforms — and the fans that fuel the industry will converge at Los Angeles Podcast Festival Oct. 6-8 at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel. Some of the elite voices behind the mic (and those that rule Apple’s charts) include comedy champ Marc Maron, Jon Lovett (one of the breakouts from the Obama alums “Pod Save America”), T.J. Miller, Bert Kreischer and Alison Rosen, who has built her own lane after leaving “The Adam Carolla Show.” It’s a lineup tilted towards comedy. Also Read: 20 Podcasts to Make Your Run or.
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Obama staffer Jon Lovett wants to help you get through Trump's political hellscape

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Jon Lovett is best known for working as a speechwriter for Hillary Clinton in the Senate and for Barack Obama in his first term as president. Earlier this year, he launched a weekly podcast, Lovett Or Leave It, where he’s joined by comedians, actors, and journalists to discuss the week’s top news. At the Now Hear This

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The 15 Greatest TV Presidents of All Time, Ranked

The 15 Greatest TV Presidents of All Time, Ranked
On-screen presidents are an unusual collection because they don’t always reflect what we want from a leader. (Though these days, it seems that consensus is fracturing more than ever.)

Some are abrasive, some are diabolical. Others are worse at their job than you would expect. So when picking the “best” TV versions of U.S. presidents, it’s just as important to consider what these individuals brought to the position that previous inhabitants did not, for good or ill.

Despite the occasional missteps of these fictional Commanders-in-Chief, many of them do represent the theoretical ideals that a national leader should uphold: a clear grasp of the office’s privilege, an understanding of the ramifications of key policy decisions, and the power that words can have to send a message to the entire nation.

We kept this particular roundup to fictional Presidents of the United States. You could make a
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The 15 Greatest TV Presidents of All Time, Ranked

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The 15 Greatest TV Presidents of All Time, Ranked
On-screen presidents are an unusual collection because they don’t always reflect what we want from a leader. (Though these days, it seems that consensus is fracturing more than ever.)

Some are abrasive, some are diabolical. Others are worse at their job than you would expect. So when picking the “best” TV versions of U.S. presidents, it’s just as important to consider what these individuals brought to the position that previous inhabitants did not, for good or ill.

Despite the occasional missteps of these fictional Commanders-in-Chief, many of them do represent the theoretical ideals that a national leader should uphold: a clear grasp of the office’s privilege, an understanding of the ramifications of key policy decisions, and the power that words can have to send a message to the entire nation.

We kept this particular roundup to fictional Presidents of the United States. You could make a
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New York Comedy Festival Lineup Includes 2 Dope Queens, Conan + More

The New York Comedy Festival has announced the first round of its lineup, featuring a number of big-name comedians and podcasts, including Chris Hardwick, Kevin Smith, Nick Offerman, and Iliza Shlesinger. 2 Dope Queens, the podcast created by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, will headline the event with a live show at The Bell House. Produced by Carolines on Broadway and TBS, the six-day festival brings more than 200 comedians together for over 60 shows across New York City. Acts range from TruTV’s “The Impractical Jokers” to former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett performing his “Lovett or Leave It” podcast to Ron White at the Beacon Theater. The 14th annual event will also feature a comedy hub at the Public Hotel. Here, festival goers will be able to see curated programming and appearances such as a taping of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” As an extension of the TBS hub, Conan O’Brien
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New York Comedy Festival 2017: Jessica Williams, Chris Hardwick, Kevin Smith Join Lineup

New York Comedy Festival 2017: Jessica Williams, Chris Hardwick, Kevin Smith Join Lineup
The New York Comedy Festival has set the initial batch of performers for its 14th annual edition, with Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s “2 Dope Queens,” Chris Hardwick, Kevin Smith, Nick Offerman, Bill Maher and Vir Das among the names on the lineup.

The six-day festival, produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with TBS, will encompass some 200 comedians spread across more than 60 shows at venues across New York City. Among the 2017 offerings are a week of Conan O’Brien’s TBS series “Conan,” recorded at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, as well as an episode of “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” performed before an Nycf audience.

The festival will also include acts like TruTV’s “The Impractical Jokers” starring The Tenderloins at Madison Square Garden; Brian Regan at Carnegie Hall; Jon Lovett’s “Lovett or Leave It” podcast as well as Nick Offerman and Ron White at the Beacon Theater; and Jim Norton, Tom Segura
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"Resistance Media" Makes a Big Splash at Politicon

The so-called "resistance media," an ascendant segment of the industry in Donald Trump's America, just had another coming-out moment.

At the two-day Politicon conference last weekend in Pasadena, MSNBC personalities were treated like rock stars, discussions featuring the left-leaning The Young Turks network were standing-room-only, and the guys from the Crooked Media podcast Pod Save America nearly filled an auditorium.

On Saturday, three former Obama staffers behind the podcast and company — Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor — played to an extremely enthusiastic audience that hung on their every word and Trump administration criticism.

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Obama Aides Say ‘Veep’ More Accurate Than ‘West Wing,’ ‘House of Cards’

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Obama Aides Say ‘Veep’ More Accurate Than ‘West Wing,’ ‘House of Cards’
A group of Obama Administration veterans say HBO’s cynically comedic “Veep” comes closer to capturing life in the White House than high-minded shows like “The West Wing” or the very dark “House of Cards.” On an installment of their “Pod Save America” podcast this week, former Obama insiders Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor interviewed “Veep” commander-in-chief David Mandel, who took over the show from creator Armando Iannucci in the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy’s fifth season. It returns for its sixth season Sunday. “The funny thing about ‘Veep’ is, we as people who worked in the White House always get asked,
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Obama Speechwriters Tear Into Fox News: ‘Garbage Organization That Protects Sexual Harassers’

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The Obama Administration alums behind the “Pod Save America” podcast called Fox News a “garbage organization that protects sexual harassers” following a New York Times report that the network and Bill O’Reilly have paid $13 million to five women who accused the longtime host of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior. In the latest edition of their podcast — one of the most popular on iTunes — former Obama speechwriters Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett took turns teeing off on Fox News. At one point Lovett called it “a disgusting organization with giant old-man heads attacking pretty young women and putting them on television if they’ll.
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Obama Speechwriter Calls Out CNN for Picking ‘Bulls–t Factory’ Panelists

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Obama Speechwriter Calls Out CNN for Picking ‘Bulls–t Factory’ Panelists
While Ted Koppel was making headlines Sunday for telling Sean Hannity to his face that he’s “bad for America,” CNN was getting a second round of criticism from podcaster and former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett, who called the network’s choice of conservative voices “terrible.” Lovett, who co-founded the progressive media company, Crooked Media, and started a podcast called “Pod Save America” in hopes of inspiring activism, was invited on Stelter’s show “Reliable Sources” to discuss the surge in political podcast popularity since Donald Trump was elected president. But the conversation quickly turned to cable news, and Lovett wasn’t afraid to air.
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CNN Hires “Silly, Craven” Conservatives, Podcaster Jon Lovett Says…On CNN

Podcaster and former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett was having a perfectly pleasant conversation with CNN’s Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources this morning – even after saying cable news speaks in a “dead language” – until the subject turned to the network’s political panels. Without naming CNN’s resident Trump supporters Jeffrey Lord or Kayleigh McEnany – but, no worries, Stelter did – Lovett said CNN recruits “campaign rejects” and “silly, craven people” to represent…
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Ex-Obama Speechwriter Jon Favreau Wants to Put Anxious Hillary "Bedwetters" at Ease

Ex-Obama Speechwriter Jon Favreau Wants to Put Anxious Hillary
Hillary can't lose this thing, can she? Not a chance, insists Jon Favreau. No, not that Jon Favreau. This one's the wunderkind President Obama speechwriter who since May has reinvented himself with the season's hottest political podcast, Keepin' It 1600, which he tapes twice a week with fellow ex-Obama staffers Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor. "If Election Day were today, there's no way [Donald Trump] wins," says Favreau over lunch Oct. 25 at South Beverly Grill in Beverly Hills. Of course, that was before the FBI revisited Clinton's emails, but he follows up a few days later to say he firmly stands by his prediction: "Trump is

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10 Must-Listen Podcast Episodes from 2016 So Far

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10 Must-Listen Podcast Episodes from 2016 So Far
Maybe you’re a podcast obsessive, filling every spare moment of your commute to catch up on your favorites. Or a single-subject listener, only keeping up with a subject or issue that means most to you. The beauty of podcasts is that they can cater to completists and dabblers alike.

Regardless of your preferred way to enjoy these stories and conversations, it can be daunting to track the latest from every show. To highlight some of the year’s best, here are 10 quality episodes we suggest adding to your listening queue.

Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People – 1. Ron Paul’s Baby

Airdate: March 15th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: In all its various broadcast homes, “The Chris Gethard Show” has been one of the most thrilling weekly experiments on TV. So it makes sense that a Gethard-hosted podcast would have the same comedic blend of empathy and honesty. The show is built on conversations between Gethard and anonymous callers, governed only by two rules: the phone line closes after an hour, but Gethard can’t hang up before then. The host has a keen sense for the unspoken questions, the topics that each caller wants to discuss but can’t quite figure out how to broach. Not afraid to let callers turn the questions onto him, these talks have a way of culminating in a common understanding between strangers, which can be as therapeutic for a listener as it is for the two parties involved. And there’s no better place to start than the premiere, which ends with a moment so cathartic, it’ll make you an instant fan of both the individuals involved.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “2. Passport, Exodus,” “4. The Most Amazing Destruction”

Embedded – The House

Airdate: March 30th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: As an NPR production, Kelly McEvers and the staff of “Embedded” demonstrate one of the essential values of great journalism: the power to use specific stories to generate empathy for groups of people often discussed in the abstract. “Embedded” is a ground-up approach to documenting various cross-sections of communities, highlighting the individuals to present an alternative to the group characterization that often befalls them. The premiere episode finds McEvers profiling the residents of a shared home in Austin, Indiana, where opioids have become an inescapable addiction for its residence. The details are stark, unsettling and unadorned. Perhaps the best proof of the value of a show like “Embedded” is that the people at the center of these stories don’t end after a half hour: an Austin resident was the subject of their first follow-up story.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “The League”

Extra Hot Great – 114: Blindly Watching Game of Thrones

Airdate: April 26th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Extra Hot Great has been offering its special brand of TV observations over multiple podcast feed and co-host roster iterations. Now well past 100 episodes into its resurrection, the television discussion show has refined its dependable format, complete with a weekly consideration of a TV episode for induction in their Canon (spoiler alert: they don’t always make it, as is the case with the “30 Rock” episode discussed here). But what sets #114 apart is the episode’s installment of the weekly Game Time feature. The gang plays an round of a listener-submitted game called TV Typos (basically, the round-robin game show version of #ChangeALetterRuinATVShow). What follows is 25 minutes of brilliant, dumb wordplay with enough built-in momentum to have each co-host sobbing by the end. It’s a testament to the co-host’s deep bench of TV minutiae that they’re able to anticipate some of these before they come. The seconds between when you can tell they have the answers and the moment they give them are some of the simplest joys you’ll find anywhere.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “75: Ew Detective,” “103: The People Vs. The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “105: Ringing in a New Season of Better Call Saul

I Was There Too – Raiders of the Lost Ark with Martin Casella

Airdate: February 16th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Matt Gourley’s interview show takes a biweekly look at the actors on the periphery of some of most beloved films of the past few decades. While the actor interviews give some choice fly-on-the-wall observations from set, the show’s most compelling episode this year is the talk with Martin Casella, who served as Steven Spielberg’s assistant during the production of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” From impromptu costume decisions to the director’s TV viewing and nutritional regimens, this firsthand account adds a new angle to an established classic. (And for anyone who’s ever obsessed over an Indiana Jones costume, Jeremy Carter’s post-interview discussion of the search for the perfect Indy leather jacket might do the same.)

Listen to These Episodes Next: “Field of Dreams with Dwier Brown,” “Aladdin with Gilbert Gottfried

Keepin’ It 1600 – Ep. 7: Cruz-Kasich Alliance and Special Guest Jon Lovett

Airdate: May 6th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Amidst an election season that’s alternated between chaotic and soul-crushing in equal measure, it’s been fascinating to filter each week’s craziness through the perspective of two individuals who’ve been buried deep within the past two major presidential cycles. Former speechwriter Jon Favreau and Strategy and Communications Advisor Dan Pfeiffer (both of whom worked on President Obama’s national campaigns and in the White House) are each invested insiders and passionate outside observers of 2016’s descent into madness. A weekly look at the current state of political media, it’s also a dependable repository for great White House anecdotes. Alongside fellow former speechwriter Jon Lovett, the show’s seventh episode featured the trio recounting the choicest lines from the President’s various Correspondents Dinner appearances (particularly those delivered in the immediate wake of ordering the Bin Laden compound strike).

Listen to These Episodes Next: “Ep. 1: Drumpf and the Media and Rubio’s Missteps,” “Ep. 5: Bill Clinton’s Finger-Wagging and Special Guest Kal Penn,” “Ep. 9: ‘Meet the Press’ Host Chuck Todd, Drumpf’s ‘Pivot,’ Polling Mayhem, and More”

Modern Love – 3: Not So Simple Math

Airdate: January 28th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Sarah Paulson’s central role as Marcia Clark was one of the main reasons the “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson” grabbed the public’s attention in the year’s early months. But Paulson also gave another 2016-best performance in a venue where no one could see her face. Wbur’s Modern Love enlists notable performers like Paulson to perform entries from the regular New York Times column that highlights love in all its forms. Paulson reads Amy Seek’s story of navigating an open adoption with a gentleness that conveys the underlying heartbreak without being manipulative. While other episodes usually succeed on the strength of the performance, this one features a conversation with Seek herself, whose recollection of the events she details in her piece and the six years since is a powerful addendum to a story beautifully told.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “7: In Darkness and In Light,” “9: Seesawing Libidos”

More Perfect – Cruel and Unusual

Airdate: June 1st

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Some of the best new podcasts of the year have focused on institutions, whether they’re more abstract (American Public Media’s The Uncertain Hour focuses on policies and practice within America’s welfare system) or more defined, as with More Perfect’s close examination of the Supreme Court. In its pilot episode, this Radiolab presentation trains its microphones on the pivotal individuals at the center of multiple states’ capital punishment programs. Layered with the trademark attention to atmospheric sound design that makes its parent podcast such a reliable listen, More Perfect should provide a healthy perspective amidst a judicial branch currently in flux.

Listen to These Episodes Next: Once you’ve listened to this and Episode 2, “The Political Thicket,” go back and listen to the Podcast Hall-of-Fame-worthy Radiolab episode “Stochasticity.”

Reply All – #64-67: On the Inside

Airdate: May 11th-June 9th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: This Gimlet show has been the best podcast in existence for the better part of a year now, so to pick just one standout episode is particularly difficult. But the edge goes to the four-episode arc centered on Paul Modrowski, whose blog written from inside prison (where he’s currently serving a life sentence) first attracted the attention of producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni last year. What begins as an investigation of the logistics behind the posting of Modrowski’s expansive online diary eventually uncovers questions surrounding his incarceration. Like the best true crime stories, it balances the details of the central murder cases with a careful consideration of the individuals who allegedly inhabited its timeline. Most popular true crime podcasts keep the perspective of a single narrator, but Pinnamaneni sprinkles in just enough input from regular hosts Alex Goldman and Pj Vogt to add a conversational, illustrative layer to Modrowski’s story. Pinnamaneni’s reporting is extensive and forthright, the kind that will make you want to do your own outside research as soon as the last chapter ends.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “#3 We Know What You Did,” “#44 Shine on You Crazy Goldman,” “#56 Zardulu”

Skillset – #3: This is Bringing Up Weird Feelings for Me

Airdate: May 12th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Amy Nicholson’s first-person podcast for MTV News is an intriguing blend of below-the-line education and critical insight. Between her forgotten film history written intros and the specificity of her interview subjects, Nicholson helps Skillset feel more like a series of audio profiles than regular taped conversations. These episodes highlight movies not just as a vital art form, but a gateway to the rest of what the world has to offer. (How many other film podcasts would have jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire as their inaugural guest?) This particular episode features a window into the practical, unenhanced feline training that let the cats of “Keanu” steal the spotlight against some comedic heavyweights. And if you’re wondering what a real punk band thought of Jeremy Saulnier’s latest genre triumph “Green Room,” Nicholson enlists The Muffs for some authentic opinions. It’s this kind of extra-layer digging that has this fresh batch of MTV shows (“The Stakes” takes a similarly fascinating route to addressing the unspoken side of politics) already off and running at full speed.

Listen to These Episodes Next: All six episodes so far all have quality hooks, but the Sharlto Copley episode from the pilot is particularly worth a listen.

Start Up – Season 3, Episode 4: Dear Music Fans…

Airdate: May 12th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Season 1 of Start Up was a rare glimpse inside the creation of its podcasting parent company Gimlet Media, right as the medium was becoming mainstream. Season 2 stayed nested inside a company’s origin story, this time as an outside observer of a dating site’s early months. For their most recent set of episodes, Start Up managed to compress the roller coaster of entrepreneurship in a more compact form. Profiling the unexpected rise and publicly unceremonious end of Grooveshark, Eric Mennel reports on the music streaming site’s early troubles, serendipitous success and eventual replacement in the entrepreneurial space. It’s a familiar arc for the biographies of these kinds of businesses, but through the Start Up lens, these triumphs and tragedies reach further toward each pole than you might expect.

Listen to These Episodes Next: Season 1 launched the entire company, but Season 2’s 10-episode arc on Dating Ring is still great.

Honorable Listens also highly worthy of your time: the aforementioned The Uncertain Hour and The Stakes; 99% Invisible’s ode to trash truck tunes; Mortified’s tale of pining after the vice principal; Lauren Lapkus helps to tackle kids’ impossible questions on The Longest Shortest Time; Candidate Confessional talks to the recipient of one of local politics’ most infamous viral booing sessions; Five Thirty Eight Politics’ audio doc on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright week of the ’08 presidential campaign; the episode of the Washington Post’s Presidential that proves James Monroe was everywhere in early American history; Making the Sausage’s in-depth conversation about music licensing; The First Annual Blank Check Awards (one of the best 2015 year-end wrap-ups you’ll hear); the ongoing You Must Remember This series chronicling the Hollywood Blacklist is a given for a list like this; The Dollop’s overview of the truly unbelievable Fed Ex Flight 705; Buzzfeed’s Internet Explorer compendium of workplace email/chat catastrophes; You’re the Expert’s hilarious panel show with a leading psychologist who studies nightmares; the Planet Money profile of an infuriating-yet-textbook Internet scamming scheme; The Memory Palace’s cryptic look at an American pariah-turned-wrestler; a careful consideration of the future of animation/CGI via Fighting in the War Room; The Gist and Chris Molanphy remember Prince.

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'Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore' Premieres Tonight, w/ Cory Booker, Talib Kweli as Panelists

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Senator Cory Booker, Talib Kweli and Bill Burr will get "a taste of extra nightlyness" when they appear as the inaugural panel during the debut episode of Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" tonight, Monday, January 19 at 11:30 p.m. Et/Pt.  "The Nightly Show," hosted by Larry Wilmore will air weeknights following "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."  Other scheduled "Nightly Show" panelists for the month of January include Amy Holmes, John Leguizamo, Jon Lovett, Kathleen Madigan, Soledad O'Brien, David Remnick, Frank Rich, Ilyasah Shabazz, Matt Taibbi, Baratunde Thurston and Ali Wentworth. "The Nightly...
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Corey Booker, Talib Kweli, Bill Burr Scheduled as Premiere Night Panelists for 'The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore'

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Senator Cory Booker, Talib Kweli and Bill Burr will get "a taste of extra nightlyness" when they appear as the inaugural panel during the debut episode of Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" on Monday, January 19 at 11:30 p.m. Et/Pt.  "The Nightly Show," hosted by Larry Wilmore will air weeknights following "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."  Other scheduled "Nightly Show" panelists for the month of January include Amy Holmes, John Leguizamo, Jon Lovett, Kathleen Madigan, Soledad O'Brien, David Remnick, Frank Rich, Ilyasah Shabazz, Matt Taibbi, Baratunde Thurston and Ali Wentworth. "The Nightly Show"...
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The Newsroom Season 3 Episode 3: ‘Main Justice’ Review

Director: Alan Poul

Writer: Aaron Sorkin and Jon Lovett

Synopsis: When the team attends the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, Mac makes an unexpected acquaintance and Will gets a surprise.

‘Main Justice’ kicks off where we left the last outing with the FBI raiding the Acn offices as they search for Neal (Dev Patel) and evidence regarding the illegally sourced government information and secret contact. As Will (Jeff Daniels) stays silent, Charlie’s (Sam Waterston) team try to start up the Newsroom as they pretend to ‘go live’ on the raid and this temporarily calls off the search. There’s a few different moods being thrown around, especially as the chief FBI Agent is Molly Levy (Mary McCormack), an old friend of MacKenzie’s (Emily Mortimer) and she’s not very happy about what’s occurring. In terms of calling the FBI’s bluff, it seems unusual for The Newsroom
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Showtime Snags Political Drama Anthem, From Former Obama Speechwriter Jon Lovett

Politics are everywhere, both off-screen with the midterm elections and on-screen with such red-hot series as Netflix’s House of Cards and FX’s Tyrant. Now, Showtime is getting in on the action by putting its own political drama, titled Anthem, into development. Excitingly, the premium cable network will be teaming with Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for President Obama, on the project.

Lovett, who previously created the short-lived comedy 1600 Penn for NBC, will be executive-producing alongside Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Both Koppelman and Levien are concurrently serving in the same capacity on another upcoming Showtime series, financial drama Billions.

Now, if seeing the words 1600 Penn made you roll your eyes, don’t count out Anthem just yet. Though Lovett’s past series took a goofy, comedic approach to White House politics, don’t expect his newest offering to look anything like that. In fact, the early plot description
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Showtime Developing Drama About a Potus Election That Spurs a Civil War

Showtime Developing Drama About a Potus Election That Spurs a Civil War
Showtime gets our vote for impeccable timing.

The pay cabler announced this Tuesday that it is developing Anthem, a drama series whose pilot opens on a typical presidential election day and ends with America on the brink of a second Civil War.

All told, the project aspires to survey what happens when our political system collapses under the weight of mistrust and partisan division.

Former presidential speechwriter Jon Lovett (1600 Penn) will pen the pilot and serve as an executive producer alongside Brian Koppelman and David Levien (who also are shepherding the recently announced Showtime pilot Billions, starring Homeland‘s Damian Lewis
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Showtime Developing Political Drama From Former Obama Speechwriter

Showtime has teamed with former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett to develop a contemporary drama revolving around the breakdown of the nation’s political system.

“Anthem” is described as starting on an Election Day that ends with the country on the brink a civil war, amid the collapse of political institutions and partisan battles.

Lovett (pictured), who previously created the NBC White House comedy “1600 Penn,” is writing and will exec produce with Brian Koppelman and David Levien. That pair is already in business with Showtime on “Billions,” a drama set in the world of high-finance written by New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, Koppelman and Levien.

“Anthem” landed at Showtime after bidding among several networks for the project. Before shifting to TV, Lovett worked as a speechwriter for President Obama and worked for Hillary Clinton during her days in the Senate and during her 2008 presidential campaign.

Koppelman and Levien are
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Showtime developing modern-day second U.S. civil war drama

Just in time for Election Day: Showtime is developing an ambitious new series that chronicles a modern-day U.S. civil war. Titled Anthem, the project looks at what happens when partisan politics goes to the extreme. The official logline: "This is a series about an unraveling: about what happens when our political system collapses under the weight of mistrust and partisan division. The pilot begins on a typical presidential election day. When it ends, America is on the brink of a second civil war." The project is from executive producer and former Obama White House speechwriter Jon Lovett (1600 Penn) and
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