Watergate Series ABC Richard Nixon

Watergate: 1970s Nixon Scandal Series in Development at ABC

Former President Richard Nixon may have sworn he was not a crook, but he is at the center of a potential new ABC event series.

Watergate, a drama set in Nixon’s 1970s White House, is in the works at ABC, our sister site Deadline reports.

The potential series would focus on John Dean, who was Nixon’s chief legal counsel from 1970 to 1973 and was deeply involved in the infamous political scandal and its cover-up.

The imbroglio that became known as “Watergate” began with a break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters at Washington, D.C.’s Watergate complex in 1972 and ended with Nixon — who’d benefitted from information stolen during the robbery, then worked to cover it up — resigning from the office of president two years later.

Per Deadline, the “cautionary thriller” will follow Dean as he begins his dream job as White House Counsel, finds himself “set up to be the fall guy for the most powerful man in the country, if not the world” and vows to clear his name.

Jon Maas (America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story) will write the script, with Bob Cooper (Amistad) producing alongside Entertainment One.

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  1. kirads09 says:

    i don’t know why they insist on making series about things like this (along with OJ and Clarence Thomas). I am old enough to have been there done that. Have ZERO interest (no matter how good the cast) in revisiting a dramatized version of these real life events. TBH in light of other political scandals and corruption since – Watergate seems so minor in comparison. I don’t want to start a political conversation. This is not the forum for that.. Just my 2 cents.