Hollywood on the Potomac

The Reagans

December 8, 2020

The Reagans is an eye-opening four-part series reexamining one of the most powerful and polarizing political couples of our time. Award winning documentarian and journalist Matt Tyrnauer combines archival footage, exhaustive research and first-person accounts from the couple’s inner circle to craft a revealing portrait of their unlikely rise from Hollywood to the presidency and Nancy Reagan’s powerful position at the helm of their unprecedented partnership. A story of power, its legacy and a political performance few knew until now.” Showtime


In troubled times we often collectively refer to yesteryear as “The Good Old Days.”  Such is the case now with the Reagan administration.  But were they “The Good Old Days?”  Matt walked Hollywood on the Potomac through the events leading up to the shaping of both Ronald and Nancy Reagan.  You’ll be surprised at both the things you may not have known about them as well as what you may have forgotten.  The Reagans offer up a more realistic look at them through a rear view mirror starting from the beginning of “The Myth Machine.”

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'Hillbilly Elegy'

December 2, 2020

Hillbilly Elegy, now streaming online, is the autobiography of J.D. Vance who reflects on his family history and his own future.  A few years prior to its release, Hollywood on the Potomac attended a CPB event in his honor.  Below is the article that resulted from that interaction.

“Our goal is to serve the American people in ways that lead to a positive and achievable outcome – a strong civil society, healthy communities, civil discourse, freedom of the press and a commitment to lifelong learning beginning with our youngest citizens. The power of public media is that it is owned by the American people … all of them,” CEO of Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Pat Harrison told an enthusiastic audience at a dinner honoring best-selling author J.D. Vance at The Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Washington. “We tell and listen to the stories of their lives and in sharing these diverse stories, we hope to build at least a thread of mutual respect and understanding – key elements of a strong civil society. So whether you call it content that counts or content that matters, it is what defines public from all other media, provided free of charge and commercial free.”


“Today our mission is more vital than ever. Although technology has the ability to connect us across oceans and borders, we seem to be more disconnected from one another, with the gap between race and education, economic class, agenda and geography getting wider,” Harrison added. “So how does public media, America’s storyteller address that gap? What stories are we choosing to tell? And as that story keeps changing, shaped by new voices, raising new challenges and societal problems, how do we respond? Our keynote speaker, J.D. Vance, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, will talk to us about our country today, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, upper class and working class, and how we might just be able to tip the scales in favor of those young people with little hope, living on the margins, if we work together.”


Vance’s book is currently in production with Ron Howard‘s company Image Entertainment that he shares with Brian Grazer.

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'Artists Using Their Voices'

November 22, 2020

With Guest Contributor Seth Adam


The Creative Coalition debuted a powerful public service announcement (PSA) to shine urgently needed light on the facts about obesity and COVID-19. Obesity is the number-one risk factor for developing a severe case of COVID-19 in people under the age of 60. The Creative Coalition’s new PSA — starring Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”), Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”), Emmy Award-winning comedian Judy Gold, Nicholas Gonzalez (“The Good Doctor”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), and Tamara Tunie (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) — urges affected viewers to take action and check in with a health care provider to find out more about how they can protect their health. Urgently needed light on the facts aboout COVID and obesity in new PSA: “IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE”


“Seizing on the power of the arts to shine light on the most pressing social issues of our time is the bedrock of The Creative Coalition’s mission,”  The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk. told Hollywood on the Potomac. “It’s critical that we confront and share the untold story of obesity, which affects forty-percent of Americans and increases risk for serious illness from COVID-19. By sharing this important message, we hope viewers will get the facts and speak with a health care provider to help protect their health — it could save your life.”

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