September 15, 2003

The James and Mary Show

K-Street, Steven Soderbergh's new series on HBO, premiered last night. It stars James Carville and Mary Matalin as themselves in a fictionalized version of the real political world; a tight production schedule has them filming the week before it airs, so the plots are based on real life. The premier had Carville, along with guest-star Paul Begala, coaching Howard Dean, who appears as himself, for the Baltimore debate, and feeding Dean some of his best real-life lines. (This, much to the chagrin of Matalin, who's worried about losing clients for their consulting firm-- she and the firm's other Republican assure such clients as Don Nickles and Rick Santorum-- who, you guessed it, appear as themselves-- that Carville is just freelancing and this has nothing to do with the firm.)

This is all very strange and meta. And for a political junky, at least for this first episode, it's mesmerizing.

Posted by John Tabin at September 15, 2003 12:47 AM