The peacock-network has come under fire since announcing word about a Hillary Clinton miniseries a few days ago, which instantly angered many of the GOP within the Republican National Committee. Calling the proposed program a “Clinton promo,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt issued a statement, saying, “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.”
The statement was issued not long after word got out that Fox TV Studio, which had been in early stages of talks to produce the miniseries, would not move ahead with the project about the former First Lady and Secretary of State.
The RNC met in Boston this summer, which marked the culmination of weeks of threats from Reince Priebus (RNC party chairman), who wrote a letter to NBC and CNN earlier this month deriding the planned films as a “thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scale of the 2016 presidential election.”
NBC said the miniseries would look at “Clinton’s life as a wife, mother, politician and cabinet member from 1998 to the present” and that the script, “will begin with Clinton living in the White House as her husband is serving the second of his two terms as president.” Diane Lane has already been cast for the lead role; the script was being written by writer and director Courtney Hunt (Frozen River).
The threat from the RNC was real, as they threatened to pull NBC’s access to GOP primary debates during the next presidential election cycle. The same threat was levied towards CNN, which has their own Hillary Clinton documentary in the works.
“As an Americna company, you have every right to air programming of your choice. But as American citizens, certainly you recognize why many are astounded by your actions, which appear to be a major network’s thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 election,” Priebus wrote in letters fired off to Greenblatt and CNN President Jeff Zucker.