Saturday, September 24, 2005
If you've been waiting expectantly for the first episode of that hot new television show being pitched on TBN, DHS: The Series, featuring the Department of Homeland Security--don't hold your breath. The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI and the IRS have arrested the producer of the proposed series, Joseph Medawar, on various charges (access may require registration, free). According to the story, Medawar never produced any of the episodes of the series, he never took the company public even though he apparently assured investors that he would, and he told investors that he had the backing of the White House and government agencies, but it is unclear exactly what involvement, if any, the federal government ever had in the production. The series was to have a Christian theme, and one of its posters featured the President and his Cabinet praying (see it at the show's website, here.) Read more about DHS: The Series and its posters, trailers and episodes in a Boston Globe from 2004 here, in an NPR Brooke Gladstone interview with Medawar and his lead actress here, and here at the blog Balkanalysis. And read E! Online's coverage here.