TV cameos are one of the traditional stations of the cross on the road to career redemption. Remember Paula Deen’s taped cameo on Fox’s MasterChef in the fall? Now it’s Anthony Weiner‘s turn, in Friday’s season finale of Amazon’s Alpha House. Weiner will appear as himself in the episode, which also features cameos from Tom Brokaw, former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
The political comedy written by Garry Trudeau, follows four Republican U.S. senators living together as roommates on Capitol Hill. It was inspired by the actual Capitol Hill home known as The Omega House that’s shared by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois; Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York; and Rep. George Miller, D-California. The show chronicles the follies of Washington politics, speaking of Weiner. The New York Dem resigned from Congress in June 2011 after word got out he was sending racy photos and messages to multiple women who were not his wife. His stab at a political comeback in the NYC mayoral race got aborted when another woman came forward and said Weiner kept sexting her after he left Congress.
It’s Anthony Weiner Week on broadcast TV! Two primetime drama series announced they will air competing Weiner-esque storylines, political scientists have navel-lint gazed in press reports about the phenomenon, and The Reporters Who Cover Television are poised to break the news first, in re which Weiner Week episode played best with viewers in key demographic groups.
Tonight, NBC’s defending champ Law & Order franchise, which wrote the book on headline off-ripping, gets first crack at Weiner’s world. The long-running Law & Order: SVU has done an episode about a guy running for New York mayor who is accused of sending naughty photos online to a 15-year-old female, using the name Enrique Trouble. Too easy? L&O: SVU is defending its title against relative newcomer, ABC’s Scandal. Tomorrow night, that primetime soap sees heroine/POTUS mistress Olivia Pope working with a sexting senator, who may be a murder suspect. Of course, both storylines are far worse than the reality of Weiner’s life, though his life isn’t over yet — only his political one. In real life, Weiner resigned apologetically from Congress when illustrated sexting reports hit the media, after which he launched a bid to become mayor of NYC, which was derailed by more reports of continued sexting — mostly by his funny sexting pseudonym Carlos Danger.
The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies says last week’s news that New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner had continued sexting a year after resigning from Congress for same, is like a gift that keeps on giving for her CBS drama series. Margulies, appearing at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013, was asked her thoughts on Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, who appeared by his side at a news conference in which he acknowledged the latest revelations. That scene, captured by cable news cameras, closely mirrored the first episode of Margulies’ long-running CBS drama, in which her Alicia Florrick character was seen standing faithfully by her husband’s side after he steps down from office because of a public sex and corruption scandal. The critically acclaimed CBS drama series, from Robert and Michelle King, was inspired by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal and other political sex scandals.
“She had the exact look that I tried to capture in the pilot when you first meet the Florricks and you see her standing behind her disgraced man,” Margulies said of Abedin. “She had such a soul-less look. Her body was empty, her soul was somewhere else and she was just going through the motions.” The actress said she had “complete compassion and empathy” for Abedin. Margulies confessed that when she saw a New York City newspaper headline with “Tips from Alicia Florrick” for Weiner’s wife (don’t read newspapers, don’t watch TV, be a … Read More »