HBO, cannily playing off of the current economic maelstrom, is giving viewers another chance to catch Too Big to Fail, their TV movie about the 2008 stock-market crash based on Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book. The network often reruns its own programming–but rarely sends journalists press releases citing topical tie-ins. (Granted, there’s very little to tie, say, True Blood to the daily fluctuations of the stock market.) “In light of the ongoing economic turmoil,” HBO encouraged its viewers to watch the program tomorrow at 8pm or August 21 at 10am. Other HBO shows that “in light of the ongoing economic turmoil” HBO programmers might want to arrange for an ongoing-economic-turmoil programming block:
- Mildred Pierce: The California homemaker’s pie company was too big to fail until shoddy bookkeeping practices ended what had seemed an exceptional enterprise.
- Grey Gardens: The Long Island estate of the Beale sisters was a classic toxic asset.
- Curb Your Enthusiasm: The most important testament of upper-class hegemony and the impending class struggle in America.
- That episode of Sex and the City in which Carrie has to move out of her apartment unless she can rustle up a lot of cash quickly, and she can barely do it, even though Vogue pays her $4 a word.
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