NBC Pulls Hillary Clinton Miniseries
Just hours after CNN announced that it would no longer be producing its documentary on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, NBC has followed suit, announcing yesterday evening that its own Clinton project will not be moving forward.
Both projects faced significant pushback from the time of their announcement, particularly from the Republican National Convention, which went as far as to say it would boycott both NBC and CNN during the 2016 election season, refusing to partner with them in presidential debate coverage. NBC’s project, slated to be a four-hour miniseries starring Diane Lane, even met criticism from within NBC’s news division after political director Chuck Todd called the project a “nightmare.”
“After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/miniseries development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries,” NBC said in a statement yesterday. While unsurprising given the level of criticism up against the projects from the time of their announcement, it’s nonetheless a reversal of attitudes from the networks, both of which initially refused to bend to pressure coming from the RNC to scrap their projects.
Following CNN’s announcement that the documentary would not be produced, RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said in a statement that the pressure now rested solely on NBC to cancel what she called a “Hillary infomercial.” With both projects now abandoned, the field is wide open for the next major network or production company who wants to draw the ire of Democrats, Republicans, the Clintons and anyone with political aspirations. Anyone?
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