FX plans second American Revolution with AR2

With its kick-butt stable of original shows, FX has been pushing the envelope of ad-supported cable television and is going to finish off that envelope with a severe beatdown. The same network that brought the sick medical drama Nip/Tuck, gritty cop show The Shield, and intense legal twists of Damages is about to head into potentially even more dangerous territory: antiestablishmentarianism.

Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring and West Wing executive producer Thomas Schlamme are developing a new drama titled AR2 at FX, according to The Hollywood Reporter. AR2--short for American Revolution 2, we presume--follows a group of Michigan youths who incite a second revolution on home soil.

Conspiracy theorists will likely put down their tinfoil hats, stop writing television-related news articles, and latch on to AR2's premise, which sees a situation in which "corporations undermine the common man and the government is not interested in helping (the average Joe)," according to Scheuring.

However, it won't just be Cleetus and Travis spouting front-porch epithets against the White House. AR2 will examine the situation from all sides, exploring what it means to be a "patriot." Hey, one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist.

"The subject matter could be incendiary, and we were afraid that it may adulterate the message if it went to a broadcast network," Schlamme said of taking the project to FX.

Indeed! FX is currently my favorite of the ad-supported cable networks dishing out original programming, and this is exactly why.

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The hometown fanboy in me is interested as the show is in Michigan....
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Has potential, but it will fail in every aspect....
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Pass.
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Sounds like it will be worth a look.
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Sounds awesome! You've already got me ... now down go screwing it up and making it about the interpersonal drama of these teens. We want some real antidisestablishmentarianism!! Give us terrorist/patriotic rebellion, give us Michigan seceding from the Union!!!
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You bought me as a viewer
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This sounds pretty awesome but I'm not suprised. FX never lets my down in their drama department.
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Sounds like Red Dawn Meets Jericho. Sounds like what would happen if they continued Jericho.
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Having grown up on Red Dawn and having been a fan of the late Jericho, I love the idea, but then I see who's putting it together. Thomas Schlamme others with West Wing were lefty hacks... will the story be something akin to Red Dawn or something along the lines of a "people's rebellion" a la Mao or Lenin?

Of course, based in Michigan, people tend to cling to their Bibles and guns and need to be shown as uneducated and needing "enlightening" on the evils of big business.

Besides, the premise better be somewhat believable (not something Prison Break has been since season 1)... People with small arms versus a modern military. While current insurgent, pirate and terrorist activities show that they can harass it also shows the opposing force as willing to loose a significant percentage of their combatants. Would this be the case in the US when people decry being deprived of iced coffee or Playstations?

I'll give it a watch, but it needs to be on a short leash...
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I want to see Red Dawn: The Series...
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Ha! OMG, that's amazing.
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