WBEZ | Homeland http://www.wbez.org/tags/homeland Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en What Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama can learn from television http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/what-mitt-romney-and-president-barack-obama-can-learn-television <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/romney-2012-cleareyesbracelet.jpg" style="float: right; height: 300px; width: 300px; " title="(Photo from store.mittromney.com)" />Being the leader of the free world doesn&#39;t leave a lot of free time, but President&#39;s still manage to participate in the great American past time of plopping down in front of the television and being whisked away to a fantasy land.</p><p>Along those lines,&nbsp;&quot;I think it&#39;s pretty funny that Barack Obama loves combating terror so much that even when he goes home at night, he watches a show about it,&quot; said <em>New York</em> magazine television critic Margaret Lyons at <em>The Paper Machete</em>, on the President&#39;s admitted love of Showtime&#39;s <em>Homeland</em>. However, Lyons thinks Mitt Romney might want to&nbsp;check out <em>Parenthood </em>to &quot;examine his white privilege.&quot; And both candidates should reevaluate their love for <em>Modern Family</em>, because &quot;I&nbsp;hope they don&#39;t think that&#39;s an average family.&quot;</p><p>Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>Mitt Romney came under fire[last week] for co-opting the </em>Friday Night Lights<em> slogan &quot;Clear eyes, full hearts, can&#39;t lose.&quot; If you&#39;ve ever watched </em>Friday Night Lights <em>you know that it&#39;s completely antithetical to everything Mitt Romney represents. And another person who knows that that&#39;s true is </em><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/friday-night-lights-creator-accuses-378606">Friday Night Lights</a><em><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/friday-night-lights-creator-accuses-378606">&#39; creator and executive producer Peter Berg</a>, who came up with the motto &quot;Clear eyes, full hearts, can&#39;t lose&quot; and wrote a letter to Mitt Romney this week begging him to stop using it.</em></p><p><em>In the letter, Berg compared Mitt Romney to one and only one character in the show, Buddy Garrity, who is like the weird gregarious villain of the series; he&#39;s a car salesman who cheats on his wife and is horrible.</em></p><p><em>But it made me think a lot about what </em>Friday Night Lights<em> can teach us, and what lessons I wish Mitt Romney could have learned from watching </em>Friday Night Lights<em>. The whole show centers on coach and in the first few seasons, they live and teach in Dillon. The football team gets a huge fancy stadium and they have a jumbotron and they travel on luxurious buses, even though they&#39;re high school students. And all of that is supported by Buddy Garrity and his team of Panther boosters. It&#39;s all privately funded and great! </em></p><p><em>Mrs. Coach, in the first few seasons, is the school guidance counselor, and she&#39;s unable to provide services to a lot of her students who are poor because the school is publicly funded.&nbsp;</em><em>So this tells us that when people get to donate their money to whoever they want, they might get to donate it to football jumbotrons; they probably will not donate it to drug counseling available to late literacy learners in high school.</em></p><p>Friday Night Lights<em> focuses on the idea of group responsibility: no one of us is more important than the team. That&#39;s the message of Smash Williams, who is a great football player, but he&#39;s not better by himself, he needs everyone. That&#39;s the message of QB1 Matt Saracen, the hero of our show, who grows from nerd to quarterback with the help and guidance of those around him.</em></p><p><em>If anyone seems like Mitt Romney on </em>Friday Night Lights<em>, it&#39;s probably JD McCoy. He&#39;s the evil dad of the sad quarterback who&#39;s a jerk (because of his evil dad he becomes a jerk. I think that&#39;s how the world works, I&#39;m pretty sure. Also he looks exactly like Mitt Romney).</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 pm., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/what-mitt-romney-and-president-barack-obama-can-learn-television Daily Rehearsal: Theater Hall of fame nominees announced http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-25/daily-rehearsal-theater-hall-fame-nominees-announced-95827 <p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Mamma Mia!</em>, which runs in Chicago</strong></span></span> through January 29, had an inexplicable full length performance of a song broadcast on CLTV today. What song was it? Well we keep those TVs on mute so I can actually get some work done, so I couldn't tell you, but everyone was wearing the same jeans and bejeweled <em>Mamma Mia!</em> t-shirts.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>A Chorus Line</em> at Paramount -- yay or nay?</strong></span></span> "Although director-choreographer Mitzi Hamilton...has wisely toned down the snarkiness of the all-powerful, largely in-the-shadows director, Zach (played here with appealing naturalism by Luis Perez, a former Joffrey Ballet principal dancer), the show conforms to the basic parameters," <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/10132730-421/iconic-chorus-line-showing-its-age.html">writes Hedy Weiss</a>. Is this a good thing? I guess so.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>Mr. Ricky</em> at Lookingglass</strong></span></span> has a couple panel discussions hosted by WBEZ folk; this Sunday's&nbsp;<em>Game-Changers: Paul Robeson, Joe Louis, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Branch Rickey, &amp; Jackie Robinson is moderated by Natalie Moore</em>. And February 5th's panel will be moderated by Alison Cuddy; it's called&nbsp;<em>The Speed of Change: Revolution or Evolution?&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Albany Park Theater's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aptpchicago.org/whats-on/homeland-schedule.php"><em>Homeland </em></a>sold out</strong></span></span> its first run, and has been extended. You can join the waiting list for the upcoming shows, or buy actual tickets to shows February 25 through the weekend of March 10.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Theater Hall of Fame nominees</strong></span></span> have been announced: see the fancy internet invite <a href="http://www.theaterhalloffame.org/events.html">below</a>. They'll be honored this coming Monday at the Gershwin Theatre.</p><table style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family: 'Times New Roman',Times,serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: x-small;" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="2" width="422"><tbody><tr><td><div align="center"><font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif" size="+1">Tyne Daly</font><br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif"><em>actor</em></font><br> <br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif" size="+1">Woodie King Jr.</font><br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif"><em>producer</em></font><br> <br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif" size="+1">Elliot Martin</font><br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif"><em>producer</em></font><br> <br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif" size="+1">Ann Roth</font><br> <em><font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif">costume designer</font></em></div></td><td width="10" nowrap="nowrap"><spacer type="block" width="10" height="32"></td><td><div align="center"><font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif" size="+1">Paul Sills (posthumously)</font><br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif"><em>director</em></font><br> <br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif" size="+1">Daniel Sullivan</font><br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif"><em>director</em></font><br> <br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif" size="+1">Ben Vereen</font><br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif"><em>actor</em></font><br> <br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif" size="+1">George White</font><br> <font face="Times New Roman, Times, serif"><em>producer</em></font></div></td></tr></tbody></table><p><spacer type="block" width="10" height="32"></p><p><spacer type="block" width="10" height="32"></p><spacer type="block" width="10" height="32"><p><spacer type="block" width="10" height="32"></p><spacer type="block" width="10" height="32"><spacer type="block" width="10" height="32"><p><spacer type="block" width="10" height="32"></p><spacer type="block" width="10" height="32"><spacer type="block" width="10" height="32"><spacer type="block" width="10" height="32"><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 19:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-25/daily-rehearsal-theater-hall-fame-nominees-announced-95827