The Hillary Clinton miniseries may never move forward, according to an unconfirmed rumor.
Instead the docu-drama may be slow-walked until it’s forgotten, according to the TV news insider website FTVLive, which claims that NBC is backing away from the project.
NBC News correspondent Chuck Todd previously called the Clinton biopic a total nightmare and his colleague Andrea Mitchell deemed it a really bad idea. The Republican National Committee voted on August 16 to pull its 2016 debates off of both NBC and CNN unless they abandon their planned Hillary Clinton productions given the expectation of fawning coverage of the presumed Democrat presidential candidate. Fox TV studios — a sister company of Fox News — which considered getting involved in the movie instead dropped out of the production as well.
According to a recent posting on the so-called insider website, “NBC sources tell FTVLive that the NBC suits have figured the Clinton miniseries ‘just isn’t worth it.’ Word is that NBC is going to let it quietly go away without saying a word. NBC does not want to make it look like the RNC or their own news people ‘got their way,’ so the project will likely die in the ‘in development’ stage. One NBC source told FTVLive that the miniseries has gone from a 90% ‘go’ to more like a a 60% ‘No go.’
‘They just want it to quietly die before it ever goes into production,’ said our NBC source.”
In the alternative, NBC might find itself forced to move ahead with the four-hour Hillary Clinton miniseries that will supposedly star Diane Lane to avoid looking like it caved under pressure, FTVLive claims.
Earlier this month, NBC Entertainment boss Bob Greenblatt also seemed to downplay the controversial project about the former secretary of state despite all the initial hoopla: “The Hillary Clinton movie has not been ordered to production, only a script is being written at this time. It is ‘in development’, the first stage of any television series or movie, many of which never go to production. Speculation, demands, and declarations pertaining to something that isn’t created or produced yet seem premature.”
CNN is, however, going ahead with its Hillary Clinton documentary and hired the director of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth for the production. “Any concerns the Clinton team had are all gone. This puts the ‘p’ in puff piece,” said GOP official Sean Spicer. “What’s next, Michael Moore directing?”