We first saw him try out his comedic skills on an episode of Saturday Night Live, but now New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has graduated to prime time television. According to the reports, the Republican Governor will play himself on the upcoming NBC comedy The Michael J. Fox Show. The series is set to premiere September 26, although no date has been released for the episode which will feature Christie playing himself.
This is not the first time a politician has ventured out in the world of television, and will probably not be the last. In fact, if Governor Christie wants to keep the momentum going, here are some politically themed shows he might want to visit.
VEEP, HBO (2012)
Now here’s a pairing we can get behind. Christie showed comedic chops on Saturday Night Live, so imagine what he could do with a sparring partner such as Julia Louis Dreyfuss’s Selena Meyer. Her fictional Vice President could be a perfect sparring partner for the outspoken Christie, or a potential running mate if Meyer decides to run for president.
Parks & Recreation, NBC (2009)
She’s already met John McCain, so why couldn’t Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) also somehow run into Christie while on a trip to Washington. Or perhaps Leslie could seek his assistance should Pawnee ever suffer from a natural disaster.
NCIS, CBS (2003)
Why stop at comedy? NCIS is one of the most popular dramas on TV, so it would be great for exposure. This one could go one of two ways: either Christie could portray himself as the one who needs Mark Harmon’s team to save him, or he could be the one that asks the for help. If Christie wants to keep things from getting too intense, perhaps he could try his hand at acting, playing a character that helps out Abby (Pauley Perrette) in her lab, since those usually provide the lighter (albeit more fascinating) aspect of the show .
Homeland, Showtime (2011)
Now here’s a pairing we would definitely like to see: Chris Christie with Homeland’s Bi-Polar Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes.) Would the normally in your face Christie be able to handle such a strong personality? Plus, now that Christie has lost some weight due to weight loss surgery, he might be able to handle some of the physical demands of the show.
The Good Wife, CBS (2009)
Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) knows how to handle tough politicians, both in and out of the courtroom, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to find her at odds with someone like Christie. However, the only trick would be finding a way to take him to Chicago.
Blue Bloods, CBS (2010)
Christie is of Irish descent, so he would naturally fit in with the Reagan family of Blue Bloods. Plus, since New Jersey is around the corner from New York, it would make sense if Christie ever visited Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) a visit.