A 30-minute follow-up piece for Roger & Me, this was first shown when that film was broadcast as part of the PBS series P.O.V. Moore briefly re-examines the economic collapse of Flint and ... See full summary »
Janet K. Rauch
Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Summer show that poked fun at TV's news magazine shows like "60 Minutes." Some of the interviews consisted of happy dogs on Prozac, following an Avon Lady through the Amazon, etc. Written by
J.E. McKillop <email@example.com>
According to Michael Moore, he was censored more on his stint at Fox than he was at NBC. Moore wanted to do a bit referencing the show's move from NBC to Fox. It would show Moore being rescued from NBC headquarters by helicopter and brought to Fox headquarters. Fox turned down the idea because they were afraid of offending NBC. Moore also wanted to do a segment in which a Civil War reenactment group would reenact the bombing of Hiroshima, the Fall of Saigon and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Fox turned it down stating it was "a downer". See more »
Perhaps the only truly anti-establishment Prime Time television Show
When I first heard of this show, TV Nation I was just mildly intrigued. A critic in TV Guide liked the show, said that it was funny and poignant at the same time. Originally the show came on Tuesday nights, on NBC at 8:00. I thought the show sounded kind of cool, and the critic's explanation of the show went over my head, I was only 13. The show was taken off very quickly, it was a summer show, and I heard there was some controversy surrounding it, but that was all I heard, I never watched the show on NBC.
The show came back to FOX, in 1995, on Friday nights. One night I came back and watched it, I fell in love with the show. Michael Moore was instantly my hero, and still is to this day. Few TV shows stick with me like TV Nation. The show was very original, no show has ever set out to discuss so many of America's problems in such a way. It had everything in it, the OJ Simpson trial, the war in Yugoslavia, the KKK, Communism, it mocked almost everything.
Most importantly it showed us some truly screwed up things in our country. I loved the episode about Rosemont, Illinois, the city with virtually no crime, outside of Chicago, that has gates around it, so no one can get in. He had a security checkpoint outside so people could not get out, that was great. Then there was the communist eighteen wheeler, that he tried to take from Washington DC to New Orleans, and he came so close, until vandalism prevented it from going any further.
It is a shame that this show is not on anymore. Every story had something different, and in every show you came away thinking something very different. It has been quite along time since I have seen the show, and it has not been on air in quite along time, it did make it to comedy central in half hour segments, and I got to see some of the great things that I missed on the original show.
I think TV Nation Day, which is something Moore pushed for (in congress) in an episode of his show was a great idea. The show only appeared to get more creative and better as time went on. He came up with the TV Nation weather report, for his last episode, which was great, a few examples of his report were It is sunny in Los Angeles where TV Nation has just won an Emmy.'
The show was so good because it was the perfect blend of humor, satire and quite serious social commentary, where Moore was confrontational, but not so pushy as to get in someone's way. This was a great show. The following show the Awful Truth, which Moore produced after TV Nation was cancelled, lacked the wit and the edge of this one, and instead of being insightful it just came across as bitter. And to think of some of the correspondents on this show, Janeane Garofalo, Jonathon Katz, Steven Wright, Rusty Cundieff from Fear of a Black Hat and so on.
This show definitely bit the hand that fed it. When it was on both FOX and NBC this show went after a lot of corporate bosses, establishment figures and conservative icons. Many of these people were close to both NBC and especially Rupert Murdoch's FOX. This is great stuff, I will not forget this brilliant show anytime soon. Long live Michael Moore!!!!!
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