“You’re Welcome America,” Will Ferrell on Broadway (HBO)

When Will Ferrell began previews for his Broadway spectacular on the night of the inauguration of President Barack Obama, I could not think of any reason why anybody in their right, right-wing, or left-wing minds would want to spend 90 minutes reviewing the legacy of George W. Bush. The launch date for "You're Welcome America, A Final Night with George W. Bush" was not chosen accidentally. But it also didn't feel right. In the middle of January, the nation was swept up in a wave of optimism and, yes, hope. We wanted to forget Bush before he even left the White House. But now. More than seven weeks later, as Ferrell's Broadway run comes to a close with a final farewell bow on Sunday, and the nation gripped in the throes of a global economic crisis, why not take another look at the past eight years that led us here? HBO will air Saturday night's performance live at 9 p.m. EDT, although the crews also filmed last night's show as well — a process that helps the Home Box Office cover three fronts: 1) a dry run for the crew to make sure they know all of the cues, blocking and best angles to shoot on Saturday; 2) complete show footage in case a technical snafu arises on Saturday; and 3) extra footage that can be blended in with...

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