Moonves Knocked By Showtime Exec
By Allison Romano -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/30/2003 7:00:00 PM
Defending the controversial TV movie The Reagans, which Showtime inherited from Viacom sister CBS, the pay service's Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt last week started another mini-brouhaha when he chided CBS chief Leslie Moonves for not knowing what was in the movie.
"[Moonves] is the chairman of CBS. The scripts, the casting, every single day of dailies was available to him," Greenblatt said, "and he, in fact, commissioned [The Reagans] and paid for it."
"If he didn't know what movie he was getting, that's not the fault of the producers, the director or anyone associated with this film," Greenblatt told reporters on a conference call. He was joined by The Reagans producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan and director Robert Ackerman, who have been silent since CBS canceled the project, which was to run as a two-part miniseries during November sweeps.
Ackerman said the filmmakers were rushed by CBS to produce a rough cut in just one week and never got comments from Moonves or CBS. Instead, the director said, CBS came back with "non-negotiable" edits.
Showtime debuted The Reagans Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. ET and will show it again Dec. 4 and Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Its ShoToo channel will replay the movie tonight and Dec. 6.
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