Lacey Rose at The Hollywood Reporter underlined that Showtime is lining up the top talents in Hollywood and some big names in the liberal media for a new documentary series titled "Years of Living Dangerously." The executive producers include "Titanic" director James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who delighted liberals on climate issues when he was governor of "Cully-fornia." The narrators will include Alec Baldwin, Don Cheadle, and Matt Damon.
Then there are the New York Times writers: Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, and even food writer Mark Bittman (who argued for giving up "industrial meat" to save the planet). If that wasn't enough socialist credentials for you, they're bringing along MSNBC host Chris Hayes -- who argued before the election you could either vote Democrat (for your fellow humans) or Republican (for homicidal storms.) Showtime exec David Nevins naturally explained superstorm Sandy makes this series relevant:
"The recent devastation on the East Coast is a tragic reminder of the direct link between our daily lives and climate change," said Showtime Networks' president of entertainment David Nevins, who has been vocal about his desire to bulk up the network's documentary portfolio. "This series presents a unique opportunity to combine the large-scale filmmaking styles of James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger -- arguably some of Hollywood's biggest moviemakers -- with the hard-hitting, intimate journalism of 60 Minutes veterans Joel Bach and David Gelber. I believe this combination will make for a thought-provoking television event."
Yes, perhaps because Showtime is owned by CBS, there are two 60 Minutes producers in the mix -- well, three. The series will also be executive produced by "Maria Wilhelm (Avatar Alliance Foundation), along with seven-time Emmy winner Solly Granatstein (60 Minutes, Rock Center With Brian Williams) and Dr. Joseph Romm (ClimateProgress.org) as a co-executive producer as technical adviser, respectively."
They're planning six to eight one-hour shows. Cameron promised: “We’ll make it exciting. We’ll make it investigative. We’ll bring people the truth. And people are always hungry for the truth.”
The Hollywood Reporter and the Showtime press announcement did not include Cameron’s colorful comments on global-warming skeptics in 2010: “I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads....Anybody that is a global warming denier at this point in time has got their head so deeply up their ass I'm not sure they could hear me." Then Cameron backed out of a debate with skeptics.
It might make a conservative think of the old masthead of Mad Magazine -- written by the "Usual Gang of Idiots."