NBC plans to air a four-hour miniseries starring Diane Lane as former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton.... Will Whitewater and Benghazi be addressed or ignored...???
By BILL CARTER
LOS ANGELES — Well in advance of the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Rodham Clinton is a big story.
NBC announced here on Saturday that it was preparing a four-hour mini-series based on the life of Mrs. Clinton and hoped to broadcast it before any possible formal declaration that she was running. That would avoid the possibility of other candidates demanding equal time, said Robert Greenblatt, NBC’s top entertainment executive.
Mr. Greenblatt said NBC bought the project even though it had no script yet, though the deal came with a star attached: Diane Lane, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for her leading role in the film “Unfaithful.” The Clinton project will be written and directed by Courtney Hunt, who was nominated for an Oscar for writing the film “Frozen River.”
NBC’s release described the project as a mini-series that would “recount Clinton’s life as a wife, politician and cabinet member from 1998 to present.” That would include her run for the presidential nomination in 2008.
The NBC release also said, “The script will begin with Clinton living in the White House as her husband is serving the second of his two terms as president. In the years following, she would eventually become a United States senator, run for president and, ultimately, serve the country as secretary of state.”
Mr. Greenblatt said the project would most likely include aspects that were both critical of Mrs. Clinton and supportive of her.
Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, said the former secretary of state was unaware of the miniseries. He declined comment otherwise.
“We literally just closed the deal,” Mr. Greenblatt, the NBC executive, said. But he said he did not expect her to comment on the project. “I don’t think she will endorse it,” he said.<img src="http://meter-svc.nytimes.com/meter.gif"/>
Michael D. Shear contributed reporting from Washington.
July 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM ET
Betting on Hillary Clinton's second candidacy for president, NBC has ordered a four-hour mini-series based on the former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State's life.
"Hillary," starring Diane Lane, will recount Clinton's life from 1998 to the present and will be written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Courtney Hunt ("Frozen River"). NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the miniseries Saturday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
"I think she's one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world," Greenblatt. "And on the precipice of what we all assume will be her running for president, we think it's an interesting story to tell with classy producers and a great star."
The script, which has not been written, will begin with Clinton living in the White House during her husband's second term and will likely include her second run at becoming the nation's first female president. It is not based on a book and Clinton is not involved with the project, Greenblatt said. Lane was already attached to the mini-series when NBC bought it, Greenblatt said.
"She just seems like a great actress, an Academy Award-nominated actress and it seems like she has the gravitas and the poise," Greenblatt said.
The miniseries would likely air before Clinton would announce her candidacy if she decides to pursue the nation's highest office.
"She's not going to declare her candidacy for two more years," Greenblatt said. "This could well have aired before that. We have to talk through all that."
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