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Hubbard-owned Reelz Channel gets political

Posted by: Neal Justin under Behind the scenes, Television Updated: February 21, 2012 - 10:32 AM

Sarah Palin (photo by Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune)

 

Are the Hubbards flying their Republican colors?

ReelzChannel, which is owned by the Twin Cities-based family, will air "The Undefeated," a largely positive look at Sarah Palin, on March 11, the day after HBO airs "Game Change," a scathing look at Palin, played by Julianne Moore.

"We are incredibly excited that ReelzChannel has made the courgeous decision to present the network television premiere on the same weekend as the fictionalized hit-piece by HBO," said "Undefeated" director Stephen Bannon.

ReelzChannel took some heat last year when it picked up the mini-series "The Kennedys," which was pre-billed as an anti-Democrat work. But the final product turned out to be less than controversial and won several major awards.

"The Undefeated" is unlikely to travel the same route. New York magazine critic David Edelstein called it a "two-hour infomercial." Palin attended the world premiere of the documentary in Iowa during the height of buzz that she would run for president.

Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of ReelzChannel, has his own review: "Sarah Palin is a charismatic figure who burst onto the political scene, and whatever your leanings, if you have any interest or curiousity in politics, social change or the Sarah Palin phenomenon, this is a must-see movie."

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