06-26-2011 by Linda S. Carbonell
If Oprah Winfrey could start her own network, why not Kelsey Grammer or Glenn Beck? If whole radio stations are dedicated to right wing talk or Christian talk and music, why not right wing cable networks? Grammer is starting up the right Network while Beck is launching GBTV shortly. there is a third player in this right wing invasion of television, Colony Bay, which is trying to find a buyer for its partiotic soap opera set in Colonial America.
The first episode of the proposed series premieres in a movie theater in Monrovia, California, and will be hosted by Victoria Jackson, former member of Saturday Night Live, and radio host Tony Katz. the series is called Courage, New Hampshire. Subtitled “the Travail of Sarah Pine,” the first epsisode featured Alexandra Oliver as a woman who accuses a British soldier of “bastardy,” (either being illegitimate or fathering an illegitimate child) which, in Colony Bay’s version of history was a crime. If it was, someone forgot to prosecute Benjamin Franklin, who had 12 confirmed bastards. Bastardy was so common in English society that they used to joke you could mount a whole regiment with Royal Stewart bastards.
Colony Bay Productions is the brainchild of James Patrick Riley and Jonathan Wilson. Wilson was an assistant in International Creative Management’s motion picture literary department. Riley is the owner of Riley’s American Heritage Farm, a 760 acre fruit farm in Oak Glen, California. They met when Wilson was pulling together the Pasadena Tea Party and hired Riley, who impersonates Patrick Henry, for a performance. Riley financed the first episode of Courage, New Hampshire, with $120,000. Though the Travails of Sarah Pine are being described as a television episode, they do not have a distribution deal for it, so after the premiere, it will go straight to DVD.
Riley wrote, directed and performed in the episode, which bears a slight resemblance to the movie-within-a-movie in Alan Alda’s flick Sweet Liberty. his script has been praised for the characters and sufficient cliff-hanging to make people want to see more.
The cast and crew are a blend of Tea Party amateurs and Hollywood professionals whom Wilson distrusted enough to lay down the law “no politics on set.”
Riley didn’t even try to sell the pilot to normal television channels. According to him, “most TV sitcoms and dramas tend to depict conservatives and traditionalists and people of faith as halfwits. That tactic lost its edge about four decades ago and we think it’s time to turn the tables.” he insists that his scripts will be historically accurate because “Hollywood tends to make over the past in its own image – 18th century women become raging feminists, statesmen become agnostics or rakes.”
Rakes? oh, like the aforementioned Franklin and his 12 bastards. Or maybe like Gouvenor Morris who used to brag about having to get his leg amputated because he crushed it while jumping out of a married woman’s second story bedroom as her husband climbed the stairs. It was actually crushed in a carriage accident, but he preferred the bedroom story. then, there’s Thomas Jefferson and Charles Pinkney, who both left slave children, and Jefferson’s affairs in Paris, and let’s not overlook the fact that almost half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution got their professional starts and built their fortunes by marrying the boss’ daughter, sister, neice or widow.
And does the term rake cover the land fraud scandal in the Ohio Territory that involved members of the first Senate?
Agnostics? he must mean Thomas Jefferson, who “edited” the Bible to take out all the metaphysical bits. John Adams used to complain in his letters to his wife that the other members of the Constitutional Convention teased him about his piety. he was a Unitarian. They must have been very different from today’s Unitarians who are renowned for the anti-war activities.
Raging feminists? Like Abagail Adams who lobbied for women’s rights in the Constitution? Or maybe that woman who stripped naked, stood in a closet and put her hand through a hole in the door to marry her second husband. If she had been wearing so much as a thread purchased by her first husband, the second would have been responsible for all the first one’s debts. Or maybe Anne Hutchinson, the dissident Pilgrim who walked from Plymouth to Rhode Island in 1636 to help found that new colony rather than live under the misogyny of Puritanism.
Almost from the beginning of this radio show in 1988, following in the path of conservative newspaper columnists, Rush Limbaugh started complaining about “revisionist history.” he was objecting to those historians who decided we were finally a mature enough culture to ditch the myths and learn the facts about our Founding Fathers. They went to the original source materials, the correspondence, the diaries, the journals, the observations they had of each other, the Federalist Papers, all that written evidence of who these men were, what they believed and how they thought. what Limbaugh objected to was the presentation of the truth in our schools and on Public Broadcasting and the History Channel. there has been a backlash against this truth-telling, which has resulted in such things as the spectacle of Sarah Palin screwing up the story of every historical site she visited on her bus tour.
Those original sources show that our founding fathers were true children of the Enlightenment, that they believed in science more than the Bible, that they were radicals and intellectuals, not Christian conservatives. It is the conservatives in America who want to preserve the myths, who want to deny the facts so that they can claim the right to wave the flag and insist that they are the true heirs to the American Revolution. If our founding fathers had really been like the Tea Partiers, we’d still be singing God Save the Queen.
- Tea Party TV Show ! (2012patriot.wordpress.com)
- Tea Party Production Company, ‘Colony Bay,’ Debuts New Show Titled ‘Courage, New Hampshire’ (mediaite.com)
- The U.S. Constitution: the 18th Century Patriot Act ~ “It was not Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry that led the effort to call the Constitutional Convention, which neither even attended. It was Hamilton and his Federalists that wanted it” (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Kelsey Grammer to be the Boss on Starz (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- What year did the declaration of independence approved by the colonies (wiki.answers.com)