Showtime to Air Reagans Nov. 30


After initially shooting for a first-quarter-2004 date, Showtime said Monday that it will now air controversial movie The Reagans Nov. 30.

Showtime acquired the rights to the four-hour miniseries two weeks ago from CBS, which dropped the film following a flood of criticism from conservative groups about critical inaccuracies. CBS had planned to run the four-hour film in two parts, Nov. 16 and 18.

Showtime will air the movie's original version, created by executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and co-executive producer Robert Allan Ackerman.

"We have the utmost respect for the filmmakers of The Reagans and are pleased to be airing the movie the way they envisioned it," Showtime president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt said in a prepared statement. "They've worked diligently to craft the movie as honestly and balanced as possible."

It’s unclear when the network will air its proposed "forum," or discussion of the film's content with viewpoints from both sides.