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NBC to air Hillary Clinton miniseries

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:59 a.m. HST, Jul 28, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. » A Hillary Rodham Clinton miniseries timed to precede the 2016 presidential election is part of NBC's effort to create "event" programming that will draw viewers to the shrinking world of broadcast network TV, NBC's programming chief said Saturday.

"We need to be in the event business. I think you're going to hear that from every broadcast network," said Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman.

The four-hour miniseries "Hillary," starring Diane Lane as the former first lady and secretary of state, is one such bid for distinctive programming, he said.

The goal is to woo viewers who are increasingly drawn away by cable TV's eye-catching, critically acclaimed fare like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" and other media choices.

Broadcasting's audience is shrinking by 4 percent to 7 percent annually, Greenblatt told a meeting of the Television Critics Association.

"Anything that can shake up the landscape and say, 'we have something special'" would be considered part of the varied group of event projects, he said.

At NBC, that ranges from the new fall game show "Million Second Quiz" to big-ticket scripted fare including "Hillary" and other projects announced today: "Rosemary's Baby" a four-hour version of the Ira Levin novel that was adapted as a 1968 movie; an adaptation of "Stephen King's Tommyknockers," and "Plymouth," about the Pilgrim's journey and settlement in America.

A six-hour miniseries about Cleopatra is in development, Greenblatt said.

Although Clinton hasn't announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for president, Greenblatt spoke as if her candidacy is expected. "Hillary" could air before Clinton announces her decision, but the timing has yet to be determined, Greenblatt said.

He didn't address how such a miniseries, which will track Clinton's life and career from 1998 to the present, might affect the presidential contest.

The part of former President Bill Clinton has yet to be cast. Lane's credits include the feature films "Unfaithful" and "Under the Tuscan Sun" and the TV movie "Cinema Verite."

Other networks seeking to stem audience erosion are jumping on the event bandwagon, especially in light of the success of another King adaptation, CBS' summer series "Under the Dome." Announced plans include a Fox's remake of the "Shogun" miniseries based on James Clavell's novel.

Greenblatt argued that NBC, which finished the last September-to-May season in fourth place in total viewers, is in better shape when the entire year is taken into account, especially among advertiser-favored young adult viewers.

He credited the popular talent contests "The Voice" and "America's Got Talent," as well as dramas "Grimm" and "Hannibal."

NBC has high hopes for the fall sitcom that brings Michael J. Fox back to TV but is prepared for a big tune-in for the debut episode that might not be sustainable, Greenblatt said.



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Maneki_Neko wrote:
NBC = Nothing But Clinton. The campaign begins.
on July 27,2013 | 10:42AM
Pacej001 wrote:
National Bootlick Corporation?
on July 27,2013 | 04:32PM
Mana07 wrote:
ABC = Anything But Conservative CBS = Conservative Bashing System NBC = Nothing But Cr@p
on July 27,2013 | 10:44AM
BO0o07 wrote:
You nailed it perfectly.
on July 27,2013 | 11:08AM
serious wrote:
What! FOX didn't air it???? I hope they have cameo shots of Detroit, Chicago and other Democratic cities. Who's playing Monica?
on July 27,2013 | 12:57PM
hanalei395 wrote:
I don't think they'll have anyone playing Monica. She'll probably just be a subject in the screenplay dialogue.
on July 28,2013 | 08:16AM
palani wrote:
Episode 4: The Benghazi Bungler Resigns To Plan Her 2016 Presidential Campaign
on July 27,2013 | 01:39PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Who cares....I going to watch Mad Men or Breaking Bad...I not going to watch a show about politicians since they all make me ill....
on July 27,2013 | 01:43PM
DiverDave wrote:
Breaking Bad is good!
on July 27,2013 | 04:47PM
kailua000 wrote:
OMG Beautiful Diane Lane is playing Clinton? how will they make her short and stubby with cankles? Will there be a mini series on Marco Rubio or whoever else runs? just another way for hillary to make millions.
on July 27,2013 | 06:48PM
inverse wrote:
In order to increase ratings NBC will not make Diane Lane into Hillary Clinton rather make H Clinton into Diane Lane. The miniseries will have Lane wearing fitted business style outfits with short skirts to show off Lanes' legs unlike the real pant suited Clinton who has to hide stuff. Then they will personify Clinton on the series with the pleasant outgoing personality of Lane and NOT the real H Clinton who like Weiners wife is a hanger on and pretender who is a failure as a leader such as when H clinton was iin charge of the State dept much less the Pres of the US. How will NBC handle the Benghazi massacre of Americans as the truth still has not come out. Also will NBC use poetic license and increase ratings and will show on the series when HIllary finds out about Monica in Bill's latest string of cheat sessions, they will have H, played by Lane, get back at Bill by having Lane get it on in the White house with one or more secret service agents? With Lane playing the battle axe, the series could actually be worth watching
on July 28,2013 | 04:43AM
scooters wrote:
Lying B@#tch!!
on July 27,2013 | 09:37PM
Kahu Matu wrote:
Is this miniseries purpose to change peoples view of Hilary. She has too many ghosts and bad decisions to have anyone educated support her. But if the story is embellished to make her look good, the masses may just buy into it believing that she is a good person.
on July 28,2013 | 06:30AM
Mike174 wrote:
If they would stop putting garbage on the air they might not see their 4-7% annual decline in viewership. Try programing for adults.
on July 28,2013 | 07:37AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Maybe they'll have a fat guy playing Rush Limbaugh, who HATES the Clintons with a passion.
on July 28,2013 | 07:37AM
false wrote:
hillary should play monica
on July 28,2013 | 07:48AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
That role was given to Joe Biden.
on July 28,2013 | 08:14AM
scooters wrote:
We already know her life story. It played out on the world stage. American can NOT be prode of this person. She let 4 men perish without lifting a hand to help them along with a president who was more interested in his reelection campaign that protecting American lives. Shame on both of them. Don't waste your time watching this garbage!
on July 28,2013 | 08:22AM
scooters wrote:
Wow! Her Big Brother would not allow my post!! They can't Handle the Truth! So I'll try again. We already know her life story as it played out in the world news for all these yeas. She let 4 Americans "go down the tubes" ( had to change the words) without lifting a hand along with a president who was more interested in his reelection campaign than helping those 4 Americans. Don't waste your time watching this garbage!
on July 28,2013 | 08:27AM
hanalei395 wrote:
That's why people will watch it, ...... when other people say don't watch it.
on July 28,2013 | 08:37AM
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