PASADENA, California– Its not unprecedented for real-world events to intrude on the show-business focus of the semiannual Television Critics Association press tours. In 2014, for example, the terrorist killings in France at the workplaces of the satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo, coincided with the two weeks-plus trip.
This winter season, thenews of armed militants occupying the Malheur National Wild animals Refuge in Oregon has emerged at unexpected moments in the first couple days of the two-week trip, adding a note of gravity to days filled with attractive celebs and cocktail-party receptions.
On Thursday, Samantha Bee, late of The Daily Show, was here at the Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena to talk about her approaching PBS comedy program, Complete Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Bee and her showrunner, Jo Miller, just had clips to show TELEVISION critics and reporters in attendance. But theyve been hectic.
After Bee said she wasnt going to be doing a lady-behind-a-desk sort of program on the weekly Complete Frontal, she included, We have a lot of stories in the works.
Miller included, Today, we do not have a show. So we are just doing things in our social media feeds. We just did a thing on the Oregon liberty fighters who have actually taken over a bird sanctuary …
Bee interjected, they did something from the viewpoint of the animals.
Miller elaborated: From the viewpoint of the animals at the sanctuary …
who have actually very considered opinions about freedom and public responsibility.
On a a lot more severe note, the Oregon standoff came up during a press conference for the brand-new Examination Discovery series, Hate in America. The documentary series includes host Tony Harris, who works for Al Jazeera America, exploring cases from the files of theSouthern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and extremist habits in America.
Harris was joined at the press conference by Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Heidi Beirich, director of the centers Intelligence Task, which follows the activities of anti-government and hate groups.
Toward completion of their session, Harris asked Beirich about activities in Northwest Montana.
Its an area of radicalization, Beirich said. A lot of antigovernment groups, many extremists have moved there. Everyones been viewing exactly what occurred in Burns, Oregon, this week. Thats reflective of exactly what were seeing in the Northwest. Its the same thing.
In an interview after journalism conference, Beirich and Dees once more said the occasions in Oregon are reflective of the development of anti-government, self-styled militias in the US
Hate in America premieres on Investigation Discovery on Feb. 23.
And on Friday, the Oregon standoff showed up again, throughout a press conference for Outsiders, an approaching drama on WGN America. The series, whose stars consist of David Morse, has to do with a family determined to stop any individual or any force, that conflicts with their off-the-grid life on a mountain in rural Kentucky.
When asked whether Outsiders has parallels to whats happening in Oregon, series creator Peter Mattei drew a distinction. The family in Outsiders wantwish to stay on their land, Mattei said, not take anyone elses, and they don’t have a significant beef with the federal government.
Executive producer Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) also rejected recommendations that the do-anything-to-keep-their-land household in Outsiders might motivate others to take actions comparable to those of the militants gathered in Oregon at the wildlife sanctuary. He also noted the fictional household in Outsiders aren’t heavily armed.
After the press conference, Tolan said he was shocked at the concerns raising possible resemblances in between the imaginary story of Outsiders and the real-life drama playing out in Oregon. The Outsiders story is originating from a various place, stated Tolan.
Outsiders premieres Jan. 26, on WGN America.
Stay tuned for more files from the TELEVISION Winter 2016 Press Trip.
— Kristi Turnquist
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