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By Joseph Glatzer –

A Happy Moment on the Set with Ban Ki-moon and Tony Blair

The Nobel Prize award winning show, “The Peace Industry” comes back for its 19th season on September 2nd, after an almost 2 year hiatus.  It is one of the longest running and most popular shows in TV history.

The pilot episode of the series premiered way back in 1991 in the exotic locale of Madrid, Spain.

FROM THE PILOT EPISODE

There were a few highly rated one-off specials set in frigid Oslo, Norway, but the show wasn’t picked up for a full run until 1993.

The Nobel Award winning cast in the glory days of the series

Critics say the picture below is proof that what used to be a natural and easy going chemistry among the cast members has now become something forced and awkward.

FORCED CHEMISTRY?

Expectations among critics are low this season. Even New York Times gossip columnist Ethan Bronner, who’s always strongly supported the Peace Industry, is expressing doubts:

…support for many of the settlements remains relatively strong in Israel. In other words, if this view holds, the Israelis have closed out any serious option of a two-state solution. So the talks are useless.

To add to the drama, some of the long running series’ most prominent Palestinian cast members are threatening to leave the show for good if their demands aren’t met.

Abbas, who plays Abu Mazen on the show, is reportedly insisting that the plot pick up where it left off: the cliffhanger which left the gang stranded in Annapolis, Maryland.

The angry star, Mahmoud Abbas

The angry star, Mahmoud Abbas

Critics dismiss this as an empty threat, because similar statements over the years have never been followed through on.

While interest in the series has slumped among Palestinian and Israeli audiences as of late, several key European markets seem to never tire of the same old drama.

Germany expresses her undying love of the Peace Industry:

Germany's Angela Merkel is excited

Merkel said feasible solutions to the key issues of dispute had already been drafted in earlier rounds of talks.

It was now up to the parties to demonstrate political willpower and the necessary willingness to compromise.

The Peace Industry has drawn comparisons to Law and Order because the casts of both shows have changed constantly over the years; but you never really notice the difference.

One of the most exciting new faces this year is a fresh faced youngster (and the show’s historic first black character) Barack Obama.  He’s reportedly been heard on the set muttering to himself, “I’ll succeed where all else have failed!”

We’re counting on him to add a much needed new direction to the Peace Industry,” series regular, Mahmoud Abbas

There’s also a spinoff of the Bill Clinton character from the 2000 season: Hillary Clinton.  She’ll be joining the rest of the fictional peace processors in the Quartet.

The Quartet: Not really a team of peacemakers, but they play one on tv

After a long absence, returning to the cast is everyone’s favorite right wing hothead who just can’t seem to do anything right: Bibi!

netanyahuBibi, in a characteristic outburst of anger

This is a controversial choice because Bibi was previously kicked off the show after a brief stint in the Peace Industry in 1999.  But he’s been brought back due to popular demand from Israeli fans!

The Peace Processors insist the Peace Industry will reach its long promised conclusion this year.

Having heard this promise for the last 20 years it’s hard not to see the whole thing as just another tragic comedy.

SOURCE: http://mondoweiss.net/2010/08/back-on-tv-due-to-popular-demand-the-peace-industr…

Also See:

Israel’s Illegal Settlements in America by Grant Smith — Antiwar.com

2 Comments

  1. Earlaiman on the 08. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    In a successful and long running show, it is critical that the faces of the cast and the nature of the characters remain constant… no changes, please.

    If one of the performers has to quit, for some reason, it is often necessary to “kill” o “transfer” his or her character, and remove him or her from the script. .

    It looks as if the producers of this show have followed the protocols… the faces are familiar, very few changes… the script follows the same plot, perhaps a bit of minor and insignificant rewrite, but no significant changes in substance or meaning.

    Schmooze, schmooze, pose, smile and wave for the cameras, make a big Churchillian “V”… claim victory, success, “Peace in our time.” a lot of public handshaking, perhaps a hug or a faux kiss on the cheek, and go home to take bows and receive the accolades and Nobel Peace Prizes.

    And, it is all a charade! A hollow sham! A pathetic and transparent pretext!

    Why?

    Albert Einstein once said a couple of things about problem solving which is not in the script, and which apparently the casting directors of this great and ongoing melodrama have apparently not ever read or understood.

    “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.”

    and,

    “The definition of insanity is when someone keeps doing the same thing while expecting different results.”
    –Albert Einstein

    Earlaiman said all of this.

    I go puke now!

  2. Ray O Hope on the 09. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    I am not watching this show anymore, it go’s no where, all talk and no action, always the same people get killed and robbed of their homes ( the palestinians ), and the Israeli’s always get away with murder and theft, it does not end. where is the UN and International law in all of this bloody show, oh yah justices is the out cast in this bloody TV drama of lies.

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