Oakland To Be Locale Of TV Political Series

The ABC political drama 'City Hall' is being billed as a municipal version of 'West Wing'


Have municipal politics gotten sexy?

That's what television producers must have believed when they picked Oakland as the inspiration for "City Hall" the forthcoming ABC political drama.

According to a report in Deadline Hollywood, the show "follows the mayor of Oakland and her irreverent City Hall staff of twenty- and thirty-somethings who take on the political and social establishment of a city in crisis while trying to maintain their own personal and social lives."

That makes "City Hall" sound more like the self-conscious "West Wing" than the self-mocking "Parks and Recreation."

What would be the plot line, title and ethos of a TV series set in San Leandro?

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Terri November 13, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Is this to be a political drama or a sitcom as it states under the photo?
Leah Hall November 13, 2012 at 07:46 PM
What would be the plot line, title and ethos of a TV series set in San Leandro? For inspiration, if I was a producer of a TV mini-series for San Leandro, I would look first at some classic films featuring water rights in the movies. Every western city in the US is facing the consequences of this depleting resource, but there are also many other depleting resources that go into the political mix. Water depletion, one of the most primary need of living creatures, also serves as a powerful metaphor for other basic human needs. Here's a few films that really come to mind: The classic, Chinatown (1974): a murder mystery centered around the political manipulations of water and land in turn-of-the twentieth century Los Angeles. "Rango (2011)...most deliberately addresses environmental issues as it both elucidates the environmental history surrounding water rights in the American desert and critiques current water rights practices in the Las Vegas area. In an obvious homage to Chinatown noted by critics from Time Magazine to Salon.Com, Rango explores a hero’s attempts to “save a parched Old West-style town from the depredations of water barons and developers.” Tank Girl (1995): Based on a British cult comic, a tank-riding anti-heroine (Lori Petty) fights a mega-corporation "Water and Power," which controls the world's water supply. (continued)
Leah Hall November 13, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper (Sterling Hayden) goes off the deep end and sends bombers to destroy the U.S.S.R because he suspects that the communists are conspiring to pollute the water supply and the "precious bodily fluids" of the American people. Pale Rider (1985): Clint Eastwood as a mysterious preacher who comes to a gold mining camp near a small town in the mountains. The miners are facing a ruthless landowner who cuts off the water to drive them from their land and their gold claims. Eastwood kicks their butts, of course. Water (1985): A tiny and impoverished Caribbean island (the island's Governor is played by Michael Caine) is completely forgotten by its British colonial masters, until an oil well strikes mineral water. Suddenly the British, Americans, Cubans, French and an incompetent local rebel are struggling for control of the island. Water in the Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-h-gleick/water-in-the-movies-the-g_b_686646.html
Leah Hall November 14, 2012 at 07:42 AM
"Either way, the show will not be as interesting as the real thing, that's for sure...." --Anne Campbell Washington (Mayor Quan's Chief of Staff) http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2012/10/30/abc-considering-a-show-about-oakland-city-hall/
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