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HBO to Turn the 2016 Election Into a Miniseries From Game Change Team

Eager to relive the 2016 presidential election? No? Well, even if you aren’t, HBO is taking us back there anyway.

The network is enlisting the team behind the Emmy-winning 2012 TV movie Game Change to make a miniseries based on President Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton — aka “the most stunning political upset of all time,” per HBO’s release. The untitled miniseries will be based on the upcoming book about the election from Game Change authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

Director Jay Roach, who helmed Game Change, is onboard to direct this new miniseries, and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman also return as executive producers. Chronicling Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin’s effect on the 2008 election, HBO’s Game Change won five Emmys, including one for Julianne Moore for portraying Palin.

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, whose work on their bestselling book Game Change set the bar for political reporting and storytelling inside a presidential campaign,” HBO Films president Len Amato said in a statement. “Reuniting Game Change director and executive producer Jay Roach and Playtone producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman with Mark and John for a project based on their upcoming book promises to vividly capture the most unique and impactful event in modern American politics.”

Time to put your casting-director hat on: Who should play Trump and Hillary? (And don’t say Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon.) Drop your top picks in a comment below.

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  1. Jenny says:

    I’m not ready to relive this.

  2. Haz says:

    Oh God. HBO is very biased and no matter who you supported they will write this with Clinton and her campaign team as the good guys and Trump and his team as the villains. Let’s be honest both campaign teams played dirty.

    • j says:

      Yeah, and both campaigns colluded with a foreign adversary and lied about it to the FBI and congress. Oh wait…

      • peterwdawson says:

        Well, with the not illegal but shady-looking foreign donations made to the Clinton Foundation through Canada that circumvented certain rules and regulations in place you could argue that about the Clinton campaign, and of course the email investigation and such the statements made regarding them sort of blurred the lines between lie and obfuscation. I mean wouldn’t call them equally dirty by any stretch of the imagination and of course, the giant magnification glass on the developments certainly made them look worse than they probably were/are, under the narrow remarks provided there’s some equivalency. Not equally weighed of course, but all scandals aren’t created equal, it’s just how they’re covered, sadly…

        • DL says:

          False equivalency. Even with tons of leaks, still no crimes, nor even any proof that HRC ever did favors for anyone. No quid pro quo, no pay for play, nada. Mostly just Bill being an idiot again. The reality is despite having relationships with all these folks, HRC’s actual agenda and voting record over her life have been outstandingly consistent with what she has always preached. There is no equivalency. Hillary was an unlikable candidate and people demonized her purely on rumor and innuendo. If you look at the actual record, the FBI actually recovered some of her deleted emails from the server slack space and still found nothing. If HRC did 1% of the nonsense Trump has done, Republicans would have already started impeachment proceedings.

          • Angela says:

            All of this. Well said.

          • peterwdawson says:

            I never said there was a true equivalency, you’re absolutely right that she’d have probably been impeached already.

            However, you’re saying there was purely rumor and innuendo. There was collusion between the DNC and her campaign. She did make misleading statements during the investigation. She has been cozy with Wall Street types. She hasn’t been consistent with what she’s preached. Now while the first two are problematic at best, I will preemptively defend the second two a bit: she’s been a New York politician, so that’s been a bit of a requirement to help go far (plus of course if compared to Trump he is one of the the people who probably helped her go far given their past, more comfortable relationship); and per the inconsistency it has been for the better since she’d made sweeping statements and then walked them back, acknowledging a need for nuance. Still, she was not a criminal, and remains as such, but somehow a self-confessed sexual predator who literally sits on a golden throne convinced people otherwise.

    • peterwdawson says:

      Few people debate that at this point. I mean in the last few days of the campaign I saw more ‘Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils’ type posts on my social media feeds, and that was mostly from my left-leaning friends and associates.

      At least it’s a mini-series. A big difference between the book Game Change and the film was it examined the democrat side as well, and it was a pretty good read since it did examine the sort of political dynasty aspects of the ’08 Clinton campaign and Obama’s lack of true experience. The rise of populism over experience and track records also comes into play. If they can capture even some of that in a mini-series that takes a long hard look at the dirty dozen on the one side and the socialist rebellion on the other it would definitely be an interesting experience.

  3. grazelled says:

    Way too soon not matter how they write this…

  4. kirads09 says:

    For love of all that is good and decent in the world – NOOOOOOOOO

  5. maregolden says:

    I will not watch that. Too soon. The pain is still too real.

  6. ScottJ says:

    No thanks. Once I’ve already seen something I never watch it again. So this is basically a repeat and we know how it ends.

  7. Kristina says:


  8. DL says:

    HBO, I love you, but nope, nope, nuh-uh, no way.

  9. Betsy says:

    Why!!clintons go far away

  10. Ellie says:

    I wonder if Trump will have been impeached by the time the show is made… At least the show will give some Russian actors a job.

  11. Joey says:

    Suzanne Somers as Kellyanne Conway

  12. Tired of it says:

    Yawn. SO over it

  13. Sasha says:

    Please no Meryl Streep as Hilary. Cast Sigourney Weaver or any other actress over sixty.

  14. Big Cheddar says:

    Yeah, I’ve got to agree with the other posters – it’s too soon to relive the nightmare.

  15. T.W.S.S. says:

    “The untitled miniseries will be based on the upcoming book about the election from Game Change authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.”

    I can understand biographers, historians, and nonfiction authors writing about the election, but can film and TV let some time pass please? This is like doing a revival for a show that ended a year ago. Unnecessary.

  16. Kevin M says:

    I’m sure it will be even-handed and fair.

  17. Michael says:

    Hillary – Sarah Paulson
    Trump – John Goodman

  18. Xyz says:

    Tired of politics.

  19. Maria says:

    Further validating my decision to cancel our cable last fall.

  20. Andrea says:

    These are the magic words: “authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.” I watched Game Change on HBO and Season 1 of The Circus. I like Halperin and Heilemann. I’ve also watch The West Wing, and the political documentaries Mitt and Weiner. The fact that this is about Trump vs. Clinton isn’t the point for me. I love political tv like this, so I will totally be in, ,especially if Halperin and Heilemann are involved.

    • DL says:

      You should watch Morning Joe on MSNBC. Halperin and Heilemann are regulars, Mika Brzezinksi is delightful, and Joe Scarborough gives good counterpoint as a conservative with actual common sense.

  21. Linda Gray as Nancy Pelosi

  22. Melpo says:

    Meryl should play both.

  23. herman1959 says:

    OMG, it’s WAY to soon for this.

  24. Judson says:

    Uggggg. I hope this bombs. Enough is enough.

  25. Marci says:

    What is the point of this? There is no way I would relive that nightmare.