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Steve Lunetta: Life imitating art imitating life

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Posted: December 20, 2009 9:22 p.m.
Updated: December 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.

A new administration arrives. The nation and the world become enamored with these intriguing "visitors." Led by a mysteriously charismatic leader who seems able to sway public opinion by uttering a few words on television, these visitors seem incapable of doing wrong.

The popular media is unable to ask "tough" questions - their fawning attention and lack of critical examination of the visitors' policies indicates a complete loss of objectivity.

The acclaimed news anchor knows by throwing softball questions, he will be granted unprecedented access even though he is aware the leader is intentionally manipulating him.

The most intriguing thing from the new administration is the health plan. With amazing technology, they claim to be able to cure the majority of mankind's medical maladies. And the best part is, it's totally free.

No more cancer, heart disease, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis or a host of other diseases. All can be cured or soon will be. Total health care, all the time, with super high-tech solutions that cost nothing.

Sound familiar? Did you guess? Right. This is the plot of the new ABC series "V." V stands for "visitors," who are actually a bunch of rodent-eating, pink flesh-covered lizards.

I'll bet you thought we were talking about the Obama Administration and the new health care initiative. Heaven forbid.

Since the "V" storyline existed long before the Obama regime, the relationship between the "V" plot and current events seems completely coincidental. But those in the Obama White House apparently do not see it that way.

The parallels are striking, however. Ana, the head alien, is an incredibly beautiful woman with very short hair. She wears perfectly tailored suits and speaks with gentility, grace and skill. She seems larger than life.

President Barack Obama, an extremely handsome man with very short hair, wears perfectly tailored suits and speaks with gentility, grace and skill. He seems larger than life.

Last September ABC announced the series would be suspended after the first four episodes, and declared it would resume in March 2010, after the winter Olympics. Curious timing isn't it?

The original "V" television series was aired in 1982 and represented groundbreaking advances for the small screen. "Star Wars"-style special effects punctuated a gripping storyline with numerous twists and turns. And lots of actors and actresses with really big hair.

The most memorable moment from the series was when the leader of the visitors swallowed a whole guinea pig in one mouthful. Just thinking about it makes me want to go brush my teeth.

ABC remade the series integrating new computerized technology to make the series even more stunning. The series was announced in May 2009 and filming began last August.

At the airing of the pilot on Nov. 3, it garnered a 14-share in the Nielsen ratings and was the No. 1 show among the coveted 18-49 demographic in both timeslot and night.

Why did ABC remove the show after only four episodes? Is this some master plan to whet our appetites for the series and pull it away from us, making us yearn for its return? Frankly, someone at ABC isn't really paying attention.

The "episode hiatus" is a very bad strategy. The most recent example was the near-disastrous hiatus taken by "Heroes" during its first season in 2007/08. People forgot the characters and stopped caring about the series.

I think there can be only one reasonable explanation. I think someone in the Obama Administration noticed the odd similarity between the storyline and the health care debate, called ABC and convinced the network brass to delay the series until after the health care debate and legislation were complete.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time networks have apparently been compliant with the Democratic agenda.

Remember 2005's "Commander-in-Chief," starring Geena Davis as America's first female president? It was clear that the show was a thinly veiled attempt to prepare the American public for Hillary Clinton's candidacy in 2008.

Shareholders of ABC should demand to know why an excellent (and expensive) production was halted and scheduled for later airing. If the answer is "politics," shareholders should seek new management for ABC.

Just as we conservatives will seek new management for the nation in 2012.

Steve Lunetta is a Santa Clarita resident. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Right About Now" runs Mondays in The Signal.


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