TV NATION NEWSLETTER November 21, 1995

Dear Friend,

First of all, please forgive me for taking so long to write back. We received over 55,000 letters and I have personally read each and every one of them. I know of no other show that gets this kind of mail. The suits at the network tell me that to them each letter represents at least another 2,000 viewers who didn't write. If they get more than a hundred letters regarding any show they consider that a mass movement!

So now that we have a movement going... I want to alert you to what is going on at Fox regarding "TV Nation's" renewal.

FOX WILL DECIDE, PROBABLY IN THE NEXT WEEK, WHETHER OR NOT TO BRING BACK "TV NATION". IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THEY HEAR FROM YOU, OUR VIEWERS, TODAY.

Please let them know how you feel about the need for an intelligent, funny and progressive show on television.

It would also help if you could send a copy of your letter to the press. They have no idea that this massive grassroots support for "TV Nation" exists.

Listed below are the addresses for the President of Fox Entertaiment and some journalists who cover the media. If you are E-mailing to Fox please drop a hard copy in the US mail as letters posted by mail still carry more weight with the network. And, if you can, please send a copy to the staff at "TV Nation" as well. [Ed. Note: These addresses my no longer be valid]

John Matoian
President, Fox Entertainment
Building 88, Suite 336
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

PRESS:

Howard Rosenberg
LA TIMES
Times Mirror Square
Los Angeles, CA 90053
Fax: 213-237-4712

Jeff Jarvis
TV GUIDE
1211 Avenue of the Americas 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-852-7500

Bruce Fretts
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
1675 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Fax: 212-522- 6104

I'm sorry that I can not personally respond to each of the letters you've sent me. I have been quite moved by your response to the show and how it has affected you. Thank you for your story ideas, your gifts and your resumes! What follows are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from the mail we received.

  1. Video cassettes of all "TV Nation" episodes will be available soon. We will keep you posted.
  2. Thanks for wanting to wear a "TV Nation" hat.
  3. There was an eighth episode of "TV Nation" this summer, shown only on the BBC. You can see this "lost episode" when "TV Nation" comes out on video.
  4. The theatrical release of "Canadian Bacon" (my second feature film, starring Alan Alda, John Candy and Rip Torn), has been kept to a limited number of cities. This has been very disappointing to me considering the film's success at the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and the favorable reviews in the New York Times, Village Voice and other publications. I am very proud of this political satire and I can only hope it will find its way to your town (It wouldn't hurt to call your local cinema and ask for it.) "Canadian Bacon" will be available in your video stores in mid-December.
  5. Louis Bruno will continue his campaign for President if our show is renewed.
  6. Yes, Yuri was an "actual" KGB spy for 10 years in the United States.
  7. No one "plays" Crackers. Crackers is a 7-foot yellow chicken who will not rest until all corporate crooks are behind bars.
  8. The story I enjoyed doing the most was my trip to Cobb County Georgia to meet Newt Gingrich. I learned that this "TV Nation" segment was recently shown at a congressional meeting on Capitol Hill and created quite a stir. Other favorites include "Love Night," setting off car alarms outside the CEO's window, and Whiny White Guys portrayed as an endangered species.
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    It was a great boost when "TV Nation" won the Emmy in September for "Outstanding Informational Series." I think there is a good chance for our renewal -- and your involvement counts. Thanks for participating in a show that is trying to make a difference.

    Sincerely yours,
    Michael Moore

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