Calista Flockhart to Play Conservative Pundit in New TV Series

Calista Flockhart, who stared in “Ally McBeal,” is going to play a conservative pundit in a new show.

ABC reportedly has huge hopes for a new series to air this fall called “Brothers & Sisters,” which will follow the hit “Desperate Housewives” on the schedule. Calista Flockhart, best known as Ally McBeal, plays a conservative radio host turned TV pundit. Others in the high-powered cast include Patricia Wettig, Rachel Griffiths, Ron Rifkin and Sally Field. Flockhart recently explained, “I really want to go back to work. It just seemed like the perfect time and the perfect project.”

Asked to describe the pundit, producer Ken Olin (formerly a star of “Thirty Something’) said, “She’s not Ann Coulter. She’s not insane.”

Heh. That actually answers my question, in that there’s a not insignificant similarity in their appearance.

Calista Flockhart PhotoAnn Coulter Photo

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  1. I can’t wait to see how they portray the views of this “conservative pundit”. It’s going to be one of two possibilities: either she won’t actually be a conservative (similar to John McCain) or they will have her spouting flimsy arguments intended to make conservatism look foolish.

    One way or another, there is no way this show is going to offer an accurate portrayal of conservatives.

  2. Len says:

    Flockhart doesn’t look like a drag queen.

  3. Christopher says:


    You are so correct! I rented season one of “The West Wing” and could not believe the bias liberal writing coupled with hypocrisy. The liberals hate smoking+secondhand smoke, yet the deputy chief of staff lights up a cigar in a crowded white house room during a celebration, and he also cheats on his taxes. One of the other deputy’s is sleeping with a hooker, and has to have HER tell him about morals. The president outright lies about his serious medical condition during the election and we are somehow supposed to buy that liberals are so important that it is OK. He also outright lies about his nicotine addition. What a hoot! Brought to you by Hollywood and the liberals, one and the same.

  4. there�s a not insignificant similarity in their appearance

    Please do not insult Ms. Flockhart’s appearance in that way. Regardless of political views, I can’t imagine anyone thinking she looks anything like Ms. Coulter. (Yipe.)

  5. �She�s not Ann Coulter. She�s not insane.�

    There’s just a minor antecedent reference issue in that sentence.

    Then again, since anorexia nervosa is a mental disorder, the statement may just be flat untrue in both possible cases–in which case the antecedent reference issue goes away.

  6. Cernig says:

    Callista doesn’t have an Adam’s Apple. Anne apparently does. I’m not making a judgement here, just stating an observable difference in the two pics.

    Regards, Cernig

  7. Kent G. Budge says:

    I must be getting old: I find Ann more attractive.

    Physically, I mean. I don’t care for Ann’s shrill style of punk journalism.

    I suspect ABC really means to give an honest portrayal of a conservative. But they will fail miserably, because they have no understanding of conservatism. They believe deeply in their own caricature of conservatives.

  8. Anderson says:

    One way or another, there is no way this show is going to offer an accurate portrayal of conservatives.

    News flash, people: If a TV show had invented Ann Coulter as “conservative pundit,” y’all would be SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER at how the liberal media were attacking conservatives by portraying Coulter as a “conservative.”

  9. James Joyner says:

    Anderson: You got that right.