It took the apocalypse to bring Michael Moore back to television.
“Live from the Apocalypse” is Moore’s first regular TV show since “The Awful Truth” went off the air in 2000. Before that, he earned a Primetime Emmy – the first ever for a non-fiction series – for his short-lived but fondly remembered “TV Nation.”
Kevin Reilly, president of TNT & TBS and chief creative officer of Turner Entertainment, worked on “TV Nation” as an executive at NBC in the late 1990s.
“It was way ahead of its time and a lot of those people went on to do ‘The Daily Show,'” Reilly said. “Michael and I have always had a great relationship and I think it will look very similar, with the point of view and correspondents and Michael at the center of it. It’s not an exact reboot. But I was so happy when he called me up and said, ‘I have an idea for you.’ I said ‘sold’ without even knowing what it was!”
“‘Live from the Apocalypse’ will be a raucous gathering place for millions of our fellow citizens in desperate need of a break from the screaming pundits and the purveyors of ‘alternative facts,'” Moore said in a statement. “Our show will be dangerous and relentless. And it will be the destination for those who want to know what’s really going on and what they might be able to do about it.”
In the new show, TNT promises that the “Bowling for Columbine” filmmaker will cover some favorite targets, from Washington politics to Wall Street. Moore is set to both direct and star in the series, as well as executive-produce with frequent collaborator and Oscar-nominee Meghan O’Hara (“SiCKO”). Nick McKinney (“The Daily Show,” “30 Days”) is producer. (By the way, the show won’t actually air live.)
“In the series, Moore and his merry band of journalists, pranksters and citizen-rebels will fearlessly go where the mainstream media and political hacks of both parties are afraid to go,” reads the TNT logline. “The series will dive deep into the abyss of Washington, stalk the scions of Wall Street and crash the playgrounds of America’s wealthiest 1% – and they’ll do it by not just flying over the Heartland. No one in power will be spared either the unblinking lens of Moore’s camera nor the sting of his pointed satire.”
“Michael Moore has proven himself to be a master at exposing the truth behind American politics, Wall Street abuses and economic injustice,” said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted series and specials for TNT and TBS. “His powerful and unique voice combines truth and humor on all sides of an issue.”