Peter Bart: Hollywood Could Help Heal Nation’s Divide If Operation Warp Speed Was Finally Given A Shot

Peter Bart: Hollywood Could Help Heal Nation’s Divide If Operation Warp Speed Was Finally Given A Shot
Show business can be a great unifying force in a divided nation. Even the oracular Dr Fauci picked up on it this week when he said theaters must be opened by this fall.

There was one “if” in his forecast: To make that happen the famously inert Operation Warp Speed must show signs of life, which, short of Tom Cruise shouting into a bullhorn, may not happen. It is symptomatic of the nation’s problems that even vaccinations have turned out to be divisive, not unifying.

More on this later, but meanwhile Hollywood is giving its effort at unity by re-creating the sorts of old shows that brought folks together. At age 98, Norman Lear is re-pitching All in the Family (would the Proud Boys be adopted by a Jean Stapleton?) A semi-geriatric Sex and the City is being hatched by HBO Max.

But many efforts to re-activate show business have met with frustration.
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