NBC has ordered seven episodes of filmmaker Michael Moore’s newsmagazine parody “TV Nation” for broadcast on the web this summer.
The show has been set to air concurrently in the U.K. on BBC-2, which has become a partner in its production with Moore’s Dog Eat Dog Films and TriStar TV.
Moore, best known for directing the 1989 documentary “Roger and Me,” the biting chronicle of General Motors’ abandonment of his home town, Flint, Mich., will produce the series, which offers some of the same elements. The show is set up like a newsmagazine, Moore said, featuring five to six segments per hour while “mixing non-fiction with humor.”
The pilot, which was part of last season’s development crop, also has a clear political edge, including stories about trying to catch a cab in New York if you’re black, demonstrating the point by situating actor Yaphet Kotto on one corner and a convicted white felon farther up the street; following a broker as he tries to sell houses in a neighborhood near toxic waste; and Moore’s tongue-in-cheek efforts to move the series to Mexico in the wake of the NAFTA agreement.
Still, Moore stressed that the show is “very accessible,” adding, “We want to make a show that people in Flint, Milwaukee or Pittsburgh can watch.”
NBC has been considering the series since last spring’s development process, with the BBC coming on board a few months ago. The production auspices are now Remote Broadcasting in association with Dog Eat Dog, TriStar and the BBC.
In addition to Moore, the show will have other “correspondents.” Moore is currently working on his next feature, “Canadian Bacon,” which MGM is expected to release later this year.