Well, that was disappointing.
In real life, if you can’t get a VIP, the second-best option — though still not a great one — is to video-conference with them or play a taped segment, which makes sense at a live event.
In the case of “Nashville,” where you’re watching a screen-within-a-screen, it just seemed odd, especially since Obama made a real trip to Fort Campbell last month. The show even cuts away during Obama’s cameo to an exchange between Daphne Conrad (Maisy Stella) and her father, Teddy (Eric Close), before turning back to her speech to the troops.
After weeks of buzz surrounding Obama’s appearance, you would think that she would appear live on the set, but it’s likely that show producers and the first lady’s office couldn’t squeeze it in to the taping schedule.
The East Wing has been aggressive about harnessing pop culture to further Obama’s initiatives, and it usually works well. For example, Obama recently made an appearance on the NBC show “Parks and Recreation.” Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, could not contain herself. “Yes,” Knope said, nodding vigorously. “I do agree with you. I agree with you on all things, throughout history, until the end of time, forever.”
And then there was Obama’s unforgettable dunk photobomb with the Miami Heat:
Maybe it’s just as well. “Nashville,” which was popular with critics when it debuted, has had a bit of a ratings crisis, and showrunners are still waiting to see if ABC will renew it for a third season.