Despite political pressure from both sides of the aisle, there are talks happening behind the scenes that may lead to an unlikely team working together to produce this controversial Hillary Clinton miniseries. The New York Times' Bill Carter reports the "odd" team of NBC and Fox Television Studios are in early talks to co-produce the four part Hillary Clinton miniseries, released in 2016 ahead of a yet-to-be-announced presidential run, that network chairman Robert Greenblatt announced last week at a Television Critics Association panel. The Hollywood Reporter says this is happening, too.
Neither company seems to care about the project's criticism coming from all sides, too, which is slightly surprising. Inside the NBC machine, White House correspondent Chuck Todd called the miniseries a "nightmare" while Andrea Mitchell said it was "a very bad idea." But the project also drew harsh criticism outside NBC because it's part of a Hillary-heavy 2016 slate. CNN is also producing a Clinton documentary, and there's a feature length film hitting the big screen, too. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said the onslaught of Hillary-ness was a "deep disappointment" and threatened to withhold Republican support for the 2016 debates if each network goes ahead with their movies. And the projects drew criticism from the liberal-leaning Media Matters for America, too, when founder David Brock lent his support to Preibus' cause. Basically no one thought it was a great idea.
How Brock and Preibus feel about this latest development is still a mystery, but it'll be interesting to see how that plays out. Preibus appears on Fox News from time to time.
Carter is certainly right about one thing, regardless of whether this deal comes to fruition: an NBC and Fox partnership sure would be odd. These are the entertainment arms of each company, sure, but the news and political arms are mortal enemies. MSNBC is the left's answer to Fox News's conservative bent. To have the two companies team up, even if it's the non-news sides, is akin to watching two enemies fall into bed together.
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