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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Well if we'd just try harder to understand them...

Showtime, the sister company of CBS, is mulling over a new series called "The Cell." The program would present the terrorists' side of the story.

Episodes would be told from the point of view of converts to Islam who are plotting terrorist attacks in the U.S.

"We're trying to look into the minds of these [terrorists] and the issues driving them, beyond a black-and-white portrayal," Showtime entertainment president Robert Greenblatt told the New York Post.

The network is apparently still deciding whether to commit to a series.

The idea comes from Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff, who created the 1998 Fox drama "Brimstone."

"Popular culture was trivializing the terrorism issue in an escapist, comic-book way, and it really pissed us off," says Reiff. "You'd either see a generic Eurotrash terrorist or rogue CIA agent or an oil company conspiracy."

Voris says, "You can't deal with such a complex issue like a James Bond film." He explains, "There was a huge disconnect with what was being shown and what we wanted to deal with."

 

Part of a kinder, gentler American policy toward terrorism?

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