NBC to air Hillary Clinton miniseries

Diane Lane will star as the former first lady and secretary of state in a four-hour miniseries tracking Clinton's life from 1998 to the present
Associated Press
Jul 28, 2013

A Hillary Rodham Clinton miniseries timed to precede the 2016 presidential election is part of NBC's effort to create "event" programming that will draw viewers to the shrinking world of broadcast network TV, NBC's programming chief said Saturday.

"We need to be in the event business. I think you're going to hear that from every broadcast network," said Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman.

The four-hour miniseries "Hillary," starring Diane Lane as the former first lady and secretary of state, is one such bid for distinctive programming, he said.

The goal is to woo viewers who are increasingly drawn away by cable TV's eye-catching, critically acclaimed fare like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" and other media choices.

Broadcasting's audience is shrinking by 4 percent to 7 percent annually, Greenblatt told a meeting of the Television Critics Association.

"Anything that can shake up the landscape and say, 'we have something special'" would be considered part of the varied group of event projects, he said.

At NBC, that ranges from the new fall game show "Million Second Quiz" to big-ticket scripted fare including "Hillary" and other projects announced Saturday: "Rosemary's Baby" a four-hour version of the Ira Levin novel that was adapted as a 1968 movie; an adaptation of "Stephen King's Tommyknockers," and "Plymouth," about the Pilgrim's journey and settlement in America.

A six-hour miniseries about Cleopatra is in development, Greenblatt said.

Although Clinton hasn't announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for president, Greenblatt spoke as if her candidacy is expected. "Hillary" could air before Clinton announces her decision, but the timing has yet to be determined, Greenblatt said.

He didn't address how such a miniseries, which will track Clinton's life and career from 1998 to the present, might affect the presidential contest.

The part of former President Bill Clinton has yet to be cast. Lane's credits include the feature films "Unfaithful" and "Under the Tuscan Sun" and the TV movie "Cinema Verite."

Other networks seeking to stem audience erosion are jumping on the event bandwagon, especially in light of the success of another King adaptation, CBS' summer series "Under the Dome." Announced plans include a Fox's remake of the "Shogun" miniseries based on James Clavell's novel.

Greenblatt argued that NBC, which finished the last September-to-May season in fourth place in total viewers, is in better shape when the entire year is taken into account, especially among advertiser-favored young adult viewers.

He credited the popular talent contests "The Voice" and "America's Got Talent," as well as dramas "Grimm" and "Hannibal."

NBC has high hopes for the fall sitcom that brings Michael J. Fox back to TV but is prepared for a big tune-in for the debut episode that might not be sustainable, Greenblatt said.

 

Comments

grumpy

It will require Diane Lane to gain 80 lbs or to wear a "fat" suit, don't forget the cankles, besides make up to look bad. Other than that good luck! It will be sure to be either fictionalized or pure fiction for the kool aide crowd. This is the start of the remake of Clinton.

Darwin's choice

There isn't enough film in Hollywood to make her look good.

What difference does it make?

The Big Dog's back

pooh, we know you hate women and Blacks.

grumpy

Saying that Diane Lane would need to gain weight and have make up to make her look bad, when palying Hilly is hating women how? Here are pictures of Lane:

http://www.google.com/search?q=D....

Care to show pictures of Clinton from the time she was first Lady on where the comparison wouldn't require Lane to either gain much weight or wear a fat suit and make up to look worse? We will be waiting for them to appear in your reply.

deertracker

Says a guy that has probably not seen his feet in years!

The Big Dog's back

ROFLMAO!

grumpy

Says a guy who wouldn't know if I walked past him daily for the last 20 years.

Still waiting for the comparison shots of Hilary from the last 20 years that will compare to Diane Lane... without Diane needing a fat suit and bad make up. Figured you would run from that, I know I would hate to look at that many pictures of fat and ugly trying to find something to post up. ROFLMFAO

deertracker

Try posting a picture of your significant other! Your real significant other unless of course it is a picture of your right hand, or left!

sugar

we are talking about the moral reprobate and wife here, why are you making it personal?

grumpy

To win this argument all you have to do is post a picture of Hilary from the last 20 years that looks as good as Diane Lane. Should be simple to do... for kool aide drinkers who think Hilly is beautiful just as she is.

But then I am not surprised when you start calling names. It is the thing prepubescent boys do when hiding behind their computer online. You are skilled in that at least. Your mother must be so proud.

sugar

libs never have facts just lame insults.

The Big Dog's back

Funny pooh, sugar is now calling you a Lib, since you're the biggest insult thrower.

Contango

I'll wait for it to come out on DVD so I can ignore again.

Contango

Wonder who they'll cast as Monica Lewinsky?

Will cursing at Bill and any rumored lamp throwing incidents be dramatized?

Maybe they could just call it "Primary Colors II."

Perkins2060

Lots of pigs in this area that could play Monica.

sugar

Monica was a beautiful young woman who was mesmerized by the office and attention that the moral reprobate showered on her. I hope you do not have a daughter. The things that the moral reprobate did in OUR WH are sickening yet you idiots applaud and adore the freak, just like you do Weiner.

Contango

Re: "the moral reprobate,"

In the Starr Report, Pres. Clinton testified that he was "mentoring" her.

He gave a BJ a whole new meaning. :)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp...

Overall, the "Report" made for interesting reading.

sugar

Moral reprobate should have NEVER shown his face in public after that. How despicable he is.

Contango

And ML's parents showed themselves to be proud loyal Democrats.

sugar

And Perkins, there is no such thing as Perkins, you have no zip code. There is Perkins High School though, which is taking you people to the cleaners with taxes.

The Big Dog's back

Are you auditioning perkins2060?

Perkins2060

Nah, heard you got the part.

sugar

hahaha lmao

Perkins2060

Sugar, don't be jealous because you are trapped in Sandusky. Maybe some day you will be able to unload your shack and get out of there.

2cents

She just needs to retire back to White Water. Oh My! the Clintons are racist!

Huron_1969

The sequel .... "Weiner goes to Washington"

Contango

Images of Diane Lane:

http://www.google.com/search?q=D...

So “Hillary” will be a fantasy? :)

4shizzle

(All of the above) - (The Big Dog's back ) = idiots

2cents

Did not know they served Kool-Aid for breakfast : )

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