As entertainment collides with politics, here are ten things to watch for in 2009:
Al Franken and the Senate seat. Franken has a razor-thin margin over Norm Coleman, and if the comedian prevails, he will do so under some cloud of dispute. But freed of a campaign for the next six years, he could become one of the Senate’s most outspoken liberal voices, as likely as any recent freshman to ruffle features in the body bound by traditions. More to the point, Franken would be one of the few entertainment industry Democrats to get a ticket to D.C., and will surely inspire others to pursue office even from the unlikeliest of vantage points.
Supreme Court rules on indecency. A decision in expected in March on whether the FCC overstepped its bounds in slapping fines on Fox for the use of fleeting expletives. While there’s a good chance that the justices will side with the networks, the biggest attention will be to their rationale, and whether its ruling permanently inhibits the FCC from having a say over content on the airwaves.
Comedy catches on.