NBC has apparently opted to have a very simple philosophy when it comes to some of their upcoming Hillary Clinton miniseries: Sometimes, it is better not to rock the boat, and cause your news division to go completely haywire at the thought of various political parties boycotting them in the wake of programming that they have nothing to do with.
In a statement today, NBC confirmed that they will not be moving forward with their previously-announced plans to tell a story about Hillary Clinton via a miniseries, and with Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) in the role of the former First Lady and possible future Presidential candidate. The network kept it simple in their explanation, at least in that they offered no real explanation at all:
“After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/miniseries development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries.”
This news does not come as much of a surprise, given that CNN has also dropped a similar project of their own after members of both parties expressed concern that the release of such a special would cause them to appear biased in a future political campaign. Obviously, there are reasons why the projects were considered in the first place: Clinton is popular and target of great fascination, which is something that the networks want to try and use for ratings. It is still possible that there could be a project that airs at some point in the future, but it will be likely after Clinton ends her political career.
The assumption is still there that NBC will do their best to still be in the game of miniseries; they have a “sequel” to History’s “The Bible” in the works, and are also planning some other event projects to air in 2014 and 2015.