NBC Backs Out of Hillary Clinton Miniseries

Hillary Clinton MiniseriesIt’s not 2016 yet, but Hillary Clinton has already chalked up a victory of sorts.

Soon after CNN decided not to pursue its Hillary Clinton documentary, NBC has chosen to drop its own planned miniseries about the former First Lady/Secretary of State and likely presidential hopeful.

“After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/miniseries development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries,” the network said Monday in a statement.

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NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt first announced the Peacock Net’s Clinton project — with Diane Lane in the lead role — at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in July.

Almost immediately, the biopic (and CNN’s similar endeavor) was condemned by the Republican National Committee, which voted to block both networks from hosting GOP primary debates. Fox TV Studios, which had been attached to produce NBC’s movie, soon left the project.

At the time, Greenblatt stressed that the four-hour event was only in the script stage. “Speculation, demands and declarations pertaining to something that isn’t created or produced yet,” he said, “seem premature.”

CNN Films’ Clinton documentary folded Monday after director Charles Ferguson (Inside Job) left, citing a lack of willing participants thanks to pressure from Clinton’s camp.