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"Everybody's Making Pictures," observes Martin Scorsese in this sly sequel to Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau's Emmy Award-winning satirical miniseries, Tanner '88. Sixteen years after Jack... See full synopsis »




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Series cast summary:
Cynthia Nixon ...  Alex Tanner 4 episodes, 2004
Michael Murphy ...  Jack Tanner 4 episodes, 2004
Pamela Reed ...  T.J. Cavanaugh 4 episodes, 2004
Matt Malloy ...  Deke Connors 4 episodes, 2004
Ilana Levine ...  Andrea Spinelli 4 episodes, 2004
Luke Macfarlane ...  Stuart DeBarge 4 episodes, 2004
Aasif Mandvi ...  Salim Barik / ... 4 episodes, 2004
Harry Belafonte ...  Self 2 episodes, 2004
Carl Bernstein ...  Self 2 episodes, 2004
Janeane Garofalo ...  Self 2 episodes, 2004
Richard Gephardt ...  Self 2 episodes, 2004
Robert Redford ...  Self 2 episodes, 2004
Alexandra Kerry ...  Self 2 episodes, 2004
Jim Fyfe ...  Emile Berkoff 2 episodes, 2004
Chris Matthews ...  Self 2 episodes, 2004
Al Sharpton ...  Self 2 episodes, 2004
Michael Kaycheck ...  New York policeman 2 episodes, 2004
Avery Clyde ...  Rebecca 2 episodes, 2004
Marla Sucharetza ...  Roxanne Newman 2 episodes, 2004
Ryan Spahn ...  Ryan 2 episodes, 2004
Krysten Ritter ...  Saleswoman 2 episodes, 2004
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"Everybody's Making Pictures," observes Martin Scorsese in this sly sequel to Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau's Emmy Award-winning satirical miniseries, Tanner '88. Sixteen years after Jack Tanner (Michael Murphy) ran for president, his filmmaker daughter Alex (Cynthia Nixon) is making a documentary about her dad's dark horse campaign. At least, that's the plan - until a disastrous screening sends Alex back to the drawing board, and on to the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

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Both series take place during historically bad years for Democrats running for president. In 1988, when the original series takes place, Michael Dukakis lost the presidency for a rare third election in a row, while in 2004, when this series is set, John Kerry lost the popular vote for the only time after 1988. See more »


Alex Tanner: AHHHHHHH! A brand new Discover card, with a $10,000 limit! We're going to Boston!
Andrea Spinelli: Wow! 19 per cent interest, bring it on!
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Skip the politics...more Cynthia Nixon, please
9 November 2004 | by bjc1115See all my reviews

I admit it: I watched Tanner on Tanner for Cynthia Nixon. I'm male and an independent, right-leaning voter, but Tanner on Tanner was Nixon's series all along.

Politically, it had all the Demo-speak and the flashes of Garry Trudeau. Jack Tanner seemed a combination between deer-in-the-headlights and Clinton clone; TJ transformed from hard-working campaign manager to hardcore bitch in a short amount of time (bitter?) and the misadventures of Salim culminated in his vegetable curry being violated by a hard drive.

But every time Nixon's eyes teared up or her chin quivered, you knew that Trudeau and Robert Altman didn't play everything for laughs. The scene that struck me the most was Alex's admission that her Guatemalan husband was missing, and the tear trailing down her left cheek showed that even through all the bashing, glad-handling, and backstabbing, people still have deep emotions.

I don't agree with Trudeau's politics, but I enjoyed this series. Cynthia Nixon did a superb job in portraying Alex Tanner, and Trudeau should definitely consider taking Alex worldwide.

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