Showtime gets political

Reagan, Castro biopics due to air

This winter will find Showtime exploring opposite ends of the political spectrum with the feature “The Day Reagan Was Shot” and the two-nighter “Fidel.”

“It’s just the coincidence of scheduling that we have two movies profiling political figures with vastly different ideologies,” says Gary Levine, Showtime executive VP, original programming. “Showtime has its own unique niche. We don’t do blockbusters. We won’t do thrillers or big action pieces but we will do a significant number of movies about important people in our history.”

Executive produced by Oliver Stone and Dan Halsted, “Reagan” unspools Dec. 9 with Richard Crenna portraying the president and Richard Dreyfuss playing Secretary of State Alexander Haig. Cyrus Nowrasteh directs from his own script.

“Fidel,” which airs Jan. 27-28 and chronicles the rise to power of Cuba’s communist leader, stars Victor Huggo Martin in the title role. David Attwood directs.

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