Following CNN's lead, NBC announced this afternoon that it is dropping its planned Hillary Clinton miniseries, according to the New York Times' Bill Carter. The politically charged project had been unpopular on both sides of the aisle for months.
Deadline's Lisa de Moraes says the network explained that they chose to stop development on the miniseries, which was to star Diane Lane, "after reviewing and prioritizing [their] slate of movie/mini-series development." But this has been a long time coming. Back in August, following the RNC's boycott of NBC and CNN over their Clinton projects, The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters reported that the project would likely vanish.
After documentary director Charles Ferguson revealed in a Huffington Post piece that he was not moving forward on CNN Films's Clinton documentary, the RNC dropped its boycott of that network. According to Peter Nicholas of the Wall Street Journal, the NBC boycott was still standing this afternoon, but probably won't be for long. But it wasn't just Republicans who were unhappy with these projects. Ferguson made it clear that there was also immense pressure not to go forward from the Clinton camp.
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