NBC Orders Hillary Clinton Miniseries Starring Diane Lane, Updates of Rosemary's Baby and Stephen King's The Tommyknockers

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diane lane hillary clintonNBC on Saturday announced plans for four new “event” projects, including a four-hour miniseries about likely 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton starring Oscar nominee Diane Lane in the title role.

Also in the Peacock pipeline: Remakes of Rosemary’s Baby and Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers, and a Mark Burnett-produced limited series about the “landing of the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock,” NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed to reporters at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour on Saturday.

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Other highlights/key soundbites form NBC’s exec session:

* “Nobody’s more frustrated with shows like The New Normal and Go On not returning to the schedule than me and maybe [NBC president] Jennifer [Salke],” Greenblatt conceded of the cancelled comedies. “You have to make those really difficult calls for what you can renew at what rating.” Added Salke:  “The tolerance for shows struggling is shorter than it’s ever been. It’s frustrating that you can’t take the time to nurture a show the way you might want to.”

* NBC’s reality chief stopped short of announcing a Celebrity Apprentice renewal, saying the show is in the “restocking of the celebrity pond” (i.e. casting) phase. Regarding doing business with outspoken lightning rod Donald Trump, “We live in a country where free speech is supported. He is in the business of creating his own headlines and we are in the business of creating ours.”

* Greenblatt said it’s his hope that outgoing Tonight Show host Jay Leno will “still be a presence on the network…  We’ve been having conversations with Jay. We have various ideas. Nothing would make us happier, a la Bob Hope, to have him be part of the network. I’m really hoping we can do that post-February.”

Comments (38)

  • Odd decision to pick up a series that deals with a topic quite so similar to Political Animals.

    Comment by Mitholas – July 27, 2013 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not a series. And based on a real person Read the article.

      Comment by KSM – July 27, 2013 08:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Would Carey Mulligan be interested in the remake of Rosemary’s Baby? She’d be great for Rosemary.

    Comment by EJ – July 27, 2013 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Three out of Four of those sound good and I might tune in to watch, depending on who is in them! Not interested at all in a Hillary Clinton movie!

    Comment by tlh45 – July 27, 2013 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Should have cast Amy Poehler as Hilary

    Comment by Joe – July 27, 2013 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Julia Stiles would make a better Hillary.

      Comment by JCK – July 27, 2013 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Are we thinking of the same Hillary Clinton?

        Comment by Drew – July 27, 2013 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Got it… Rebecca De Mornay. She might still need a bunch of makeup and stuff, but she’s much closer.

          Comment by Drew – July 27, 2013 03:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am I the only one that is still upset that USA canceled political animals,it was such a good show.I miss it so much..just asking is it too late for them to continue?I mean its their only show that gets nominated or wins awards..

    Comment by ruby – July 27, 2013 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m still sad about Go On… Ha ha. Honestly, I really like Celebrity Apprentice. I hope it gets renewed for the hours of entertainment it brings to my Spring!

    Comment by Babybop – July 27, 2013 10:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m happy to NBC investing in telling a good story via a mini series and not just another new reality show.
    I was hoping the Donald would finally be fired but I’ll just change the channel when he’s on.

    Comment by IMHO – July 27, 2013 11:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So agree about wanting The Donald fired! Cannot watch him.

      Comment by Linda – July 28, 2013 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess I am not getting why networks can’t be a little more patient with shows. I am guessing anything new they add probably won’t do a lot better. Upset about Happy Endings but at least ABC gave it 3 years which is surprising in itself. Friends would have lasted one year in today’s world. Also please get rid of Donald

    Comment by Boiler – July 27, 2013 11:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am I the only person who thinks that it is pretty scary to have a major network airing a four hour propaganda piece for a likely presidential candidate? I mean, putting aside the fact that casting Diane Lane to play Hillary Clinton is like casting Yvonne Strahovski to play Janet Reno, this is just unethical. Unless they’re going to produce fluffy miniseries for other candidates as well, written lovingly and with great care.

    On the bright side, it might be nice to see a version of Rosemary’s Baby that isn’t directed by a (strangely beloved in Hollywood) pedophile.

    Comment by Drew – July 27, 2013 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, Drew, I totally agree.

      Comment by JBC – July 27, 2013 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree with your take on the Hillary event. But I’m not surprised. 2016 is around the corner and so the propaganda begins. I’d bet there will be no mention of the fact that she’s a self-proclaimed progressive of what that even means. Or if her infamous ‘what does it matter?’ response to Benghazi will make an appearance. I respect Hillary even if I don’t agree with her politics, so I will probably tune in, unless it’s just another utterly ridiculous representation, in which case, I will pass. For a comedy, I much rather watch Amy Pohler. And I agree, Diana Lane, really?

      Comment by Ana – July 27, 2013 02:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The problem is that even if they wanted to be unbiased, she is still a current political figure. There is no way to be completely impartial and we already know NBC’s political slant. So there is pretty much no hope for this.

        Now, if they had events like this for different figures from both sides it might be interesting. Even then you’d have completely partial movies.

        Comment by Drew – July 27, 2013 03:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Did you miss the part about how they might still be giving Trump airtime??? He more than counter-balances the 4 hours they’ll be giving to a brilliant politician like Hillary.

          Comment by CJ – July 27, 2013 07:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • If Donald Trump is ever the nominee I will bake you cupcakes every day for a year.

            (Disclaimer: the above offer is sarcasm. In the event that he!! freezes over I will not actually bake you cupcakes)

            It is not remotely the same thing. A more proper comparison to Trump would be Roseanne Barr.

            Now if they want to give Sarah Palin or Ted Cruz a living, epic miniseries, that might be more of a match for Hillary.

            Comment by Drew – July 27, 2013 07:40 PM PDT  
      • Hypocrite. Real a real newspaper.

        Comment by KSM – July 27, 2013 08:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Can you clarify? I mean, if you’re going to call someone a hypocrite and tell them to read a newspaper, you’re implying that you know something. Care to share with the rest of the class?

          Comment by Drew – July 27, 2013 09:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • To get the performance right, Bill Clinton has generously offered to have sex with Diane Lane.

      Comment by ImperatoreFormaggio – July 27, 2013 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • First, she is not yet a nominee. Second, you have NO idea what this will look like. It could be totally anti-Hilary as far as you know. Third, way to be judgmental about looks… there is nothing unethical about having an accomplished actress play an important role (you cannot deny that Hilary is important, regardless of your politics). Finally, SHE IS NOT A CANDIDATE.

      Comment by KSM – July 27, 2013 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Having a miniseries slamming her would also qualify as bias. Either way, it’s inappropriate to air a four hour miniseries which centers on what the above article describes as a “likely 2016 presidential contender”. It is fictionalizing a current political figure and the events that surrounded that person. It is taking actual events and filtering them through producers, directors, network heads, writers and actors before projecting them onto our televisions. It is not a documentary which examines the history and has knowledgeable people discussing the issues. It is spoon feeding a certain version of the story to the audience. When they do this with Abraham Lincoln or George Washington or other historical figures, it is irritating but unimportant. When they are doing it with a current political figure who is a very likely candidate for the next presidential race, it is entirely unethical.

        You see this. You know what I’m saying is true, because any rational person knows that what I’m saying is true and I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt. The question is, why are you willing to go along with something like this? Why are you willing to accept such blatant propaganda from a major network? Because you agree with it? Because this time around, your side is the one likely to look good? That is weak and dangerous reasoning, friend.

        Comment by Drew – July 27, 2013 09:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Only low information voters will buy into the hype. No one that has been paying attention can believe that she will make a credible or competent candidate or president. But it is also obvious that she is getting ready for a run. That has been her objective all along. But she blew it as Secretary of State so she now has to lay low, regroup and let the acolytes do the work for her. This series is nothing but an early stop on the Hillary ’16 stop. And it is brilliant because she has NBC picking up the tab. And she will be portrayed as a woman of honor and conviction and a victim, etc. Once again, the media constructs the narrative to fit their purpose. But hey, anyone that believes the hype deserve what they get. I only hope that the Benghazi four and the families that are still waiting for answers are not dishonored.

          Comment by Ana – July 27, 2013 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • But that’s the point! She did blow it as Secretary of State, but every show needs a hero, so they’ll play this to the hilt – they’ll have to, otherwise they won’t have viewers beyond the first episode.
            It’ll be fiction, But it’ll make her look good, and will boost her chances to be the nominee. The Political Machine in this country is sickening. The Hollywood set supports everything left and liberal, with a few exceptions (Clint Eastwood etc) and their way of ensuring that their pet candidate is elected is to put out a fictitious miniseries with their candidate’s name on it. Ugh!

            Comment by Pat – July 27, 2013 10:55 PM PDT  
          • LOL–still harping on Benghazi? Republcans are such a joke! I suppose you think Palin would be a good candidate. Hillary will be an excellent President. She sure won’t put up with the childishness of the GOP, and that seems to have your side scared already.


            Comment by AmbidextrousAspie – July 29, 2013 08:06 AM PDT  
          • The fact that you think Benghazi should be brushed off so easily shows that you have no grasp of the issue or what a good president would be. What do you think their job is and in what way was Benghazi an example of that job being well done by anyone involved?

            Comment by Drew – July 29, 2013 09:01 AM PDT  
        • I totally agree with you Drew..This will be a one-sided view…HILLARY’S! With all the other stupid stuff she has said, you have to know that this will NEVER be a true story! This has no business being put on tv!

          Comment by deb – August 10, 2013 12:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i don’t see why people can’t wait to make these hillary movies until they’ve actually seen what’s going to happen with her in 2016. there could be a lot more left to her story

    Comment by lily – July 27, 2013 04:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They can cancel The New Normal and Go On and then justify Celebrity Apprentice?Somebody must have something on somebody!!

    Comment by Ethel – July 27, 2013 05:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It is kind of suspicious.

      Comment by CJ – July 27, 2013 07:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ratings.

      Comment by KSM – July 27, 2013 08:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • C.A. is way cheaper to produce so it can stand slightly lower ratings. It also replays in other networks.

      Comment by Ana – July 27, 2013 10:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excited for the Hilary Clinton movie. I LOVE her. If I was American, I’d volunteer for her campaign right now.

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  • I find it interesting that without seeing it, so many seem to know “exactly” what the Hillary show is about. It’s a bit like being upset that Mike Tyson and Dennis Rodman are going to be fired because they are African-Americans in upcoming episodes of Celebrity Apprentice, even though no one knows if they will even be on the show. I will, however, agree that airing a biopic about a potential candidate is rather inappropriate. People have a tendency to vote based on name and perceived image recognition (how else to explain Ronald Reagan and G.W. Bush?), and as such it does amount to essentially 4 hours of free face-time for a probable candidate. Then again, The Trump has intimated that his run for the Presidency is not entirely out of the question, and look at how many hours of him and that thing on his head we’ve had to endure.

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