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Ted Warner (Lead)

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Casting "Deadline," a short film about America's most watched and most controversial political news opinion show. The script explores how far each side is willing to go in order to...more

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Male, ages 42-64, Caucasian

Role Description

Ted Warner: (Lead) the host of "The Final Word," a cable news opinion talk show in the vein of the "The O"Reilly Factor," above all, he believes he is right (on everything) and is not afraid to tell someone to shut up if he thinks they're wrong because it's wasting the audience's time, sees himself not as a bully, but as a crusader, someone who is trying to make sure his voice is heard above all the chatter, because he believes what he has to share is important, loves to talk about his humble blue collar beginnings, but would rather change the subject if someone were to bring up his current wealth, any hint of humility is all an act, the worst thing that could happen to him would be to lose his show.

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Ted sides

INT. STUDIO, CHB NEWS
Ted looks up to the camera, clears his throat. We push in on
the camera, it turns RED.
TED
Welcome back to the program, well,
if you calculate fame today solely *
by the number of clicks you get on *
the internet, my guest tonight is *
probably more famous than me, if
you can believe it. He’s the star
of a new political attack ad that’s
gone viral. In it, he accuses the
Republican Presidential candidate,
Govnernor Doherty, of being
responsible for his wife’s
death...which is leading some
people to say that the discourse in
this election has hit an all-time *
low. And I happen to agree with *
them, I’ve been covering
Presidential elections for the last
thirty years, I’ve seen it all.
If, by some chance, you’ve been *
living under a rock, or you just *
don’t have time to waste on all
this internet nonsense, here’s a
quick look to get you up to speed.
_____________________________________________________________
INT. STUDIO, CHB NEWS *
TED
Now, I understand that people
grieve in many different ways, and
no one can understand the pain of
losing someone unless they go
through it themselves. But, *
respectfully, I think your crusade
is a little misguided. And my hope
here tonight is for us to have a
thoughtful, civilized discussion *
and try to come to some kind of
understanding. Do you think we can
do that?
JAMES
I absolutely believe that we can.
TED
Perfect. Now, first off, you’ve
implied that Governor Doherty is
somehow directly responsible for
your wife’s death, explain that to
me.
JAMES
Well Ted, as you know, Governor
Doherty’s company A.C.R. is *
directly responsible for
bankrupting hundreds of companies
over the last decade. They’ll *
acquire a company, promising to
reform it, but instead they’ll
overload it with debt and liquidate
it-- *
TED
-- Now let me stop you right there, *
you’re skipping over a pretty
important point here: your company
was in trouble and was in a *
vulnerable position before A.C.R.
came in to try and save it--
JAMES
--Oh is that what they did?
TED
It’s my turn to talk! Now, you
have to admit whether it was A.C.R.
or some other firm: there was *
nothing anyone could do, everyone *
at your company was going to be out *
of a job eventually. Now, tell me
I’m wrong.
JAMES
We’ll never know, will we? Maybe -- *
TED
-- Maybe. What if? We gotta stick *
to reality here. Now, you also go *
on in the ad to say that Governor *
Doherty allegedly made millions off *
the deal, but do you know how much
your own CEO made? *
JAMES
I understand, his payout was very
generous but--
Blue (mm/dd/yyyy) 2.
TED
--Well there you go! If you’re
going to be mad at someone, why not
him? Isn’t he more directly
responsible for what happened to
you and your family than Governor
Doherty? Or the house Republicans,
or me for that matter? Why didn’t
you go make an ad about him?
JAMES
It’s more complicated than that--
TED
--No I think it’s pretty simple.
You saw this as a financial *
opportunity for yourself, and you
took it. Isn’t that right?
JAMES
No, it’s not.
TED
So are you telling me that you *
didn’t make any money off of this
ad? No one paid you to be in it?
JAMES
Look, I know what you’re trying to
do, it’s not what it looks like --
TED *
-- Just answer the question! -- *
JAMES
Then, out of the blue, I get a call *
from some people who say they’d *
help me out if I share my story, so *
of course I say yes. You’d do the *
same -- *
TED *
(shouting over) *
How much did they pay you!? *
JAMES
A hundred and twenty thousand. *
TED
A hundred and twenty thousand... *