Fox TV reported to pass on Hillary hagiography

posted at 8:31 am on August 17, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Yes, I know… the initial breaking news came from the Hollywood Reporter, so you’re forgiven if you were a bit skeptical at first. But don’t blame us… Business Insider picked it up and Politico jumped on the bandwagon. It would appear that Fox Television Studios – not to be confused with Fox News – has decided to pass on producing the Hillary Spectacular Pre-election Coronation Festival.

The tantalizing spectacle of Fox Television Studios producing a Hillary Clinton miniseries for NBC has been canceled, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

It was reported last week that Fox, also the home of the cable news channel with conservative-leaning programs, might produce the planned four-hour miniseries to be written and directed by Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) and to star Diane Lane…

But a source at Fox says the negotiation fell apart over deal points more than any potential fallout. Fox TV Studios did not respond to a request for comment. NBC declined comment.

Allahpundit took a so what attitude toward the whole thing yesterday, but it’s hard to blow this off as nothing more than a shift in the media breeze. Plenty of good points have been made in favor of keeping the GOP debates off network news entirely – unless it was on CNN with only Jake Tapper moderating – but that doesn’t seem terribly realistic. The most enthusiastic members of the base on both sides will, without question, chase the debates to an online forum, or even to CSPAN, but we already know who they will be voting for. There are still a lot of folks without a predestined decision who may need to be smacked in the face with something that disrupts the latest re-run of The Big Bang Theory. Negotiations on moderators and formats could stop some of the bleeding from the usual MSM freak show, but a wider outlet – at least for a couple of outings – could still prove valuable.

But what does this alleged Fox decision say about the ongoing debate? From the beginning, NBC was maintaining that their entertainment division had nothing to do with NBC News, and most certainly was in no way related to MSNBC. Perish the thought. CNN had a bit tougher row to hoe, but they do enough documentary style shows to claim that it was a biography. Allahpundit already made the case that ABC was the home base of one of the worst offenders (GS) and the Tiffany Network didn’t have much of a claim to make on the impartiality front either. But Fox TV airs shows which run the full spectrum and offend or please pretty much anyone at one point or another.

By backing out of this, it looks like a tacit admission that the home of the Simpsons, Family Guy and House really is locked at the hip with Fox News. And that only gives cover to NBC News to make the entire argument look silly. Under the covers, of course, Fox may have looked at the proposal and found that a Hillary biopic would put people to sleep faster than Ed Schultz crowing over how he lost two and a half pounds last year, but the political machine will spin it as a confession. Maybe we should have waited for the script to be written before anyone made any decisions?


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I want them to do a Hillary expose’. Just so long as it includes her Benghazi fiasco, throwing lamps and furniture, talking down to everyone as if they are all her serfs, and being cuckolded by Bill.

Oh? You think they won’t do that? Why wouldn’t they? It’s not like they have an agenda or anything.

Wino on August 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

That last face lift sure didn’t last long. Hillary is old skool, we are now new skool. She might not feel no ways tihard but she looks like hell warmed over.

trs on August 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

She ain’t noways tiiired.

Murphy9 on August 17, 2013 at 8:35 AM

I mean, c’mon. They’re the media! They’re not biased.

Just ask them. They’ll tell you they’re objective. It’s only Fox News that’s not objective. Heck, all the rest of them say exactly the same thing; that proves they’re not biased.

Wino on August 17, 2013 at 8:36 AM

It’s pronounced “tard.” And she does look tard, to me. Just like she was before the facelift. She’s tard again.

What’s the word for that?

Wino on August 17, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Heard Hilary was offered a cameo on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo…to appeal to that demographic…

coldwarrior on August 17, 2013 at 8:46 AM

The Path to 9/11*

Watch that if you can find a copy on DVD.

See why the clintons pressured ABC to not release it.

Decide for yourself.

*I take no responsibility if you throw something through your TV while watching it.

RealMc on August 17, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Wino on August 17, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Old.

kingsjester on August 17, 2013 at 9:03 AM

. Maybe we should have waited for the script to be written before anyone made any decisions?

…maybe… we know what the script WILL BE!

KOOLAID2 on August 17, 2013 at 9:04 AM

The Path to 9/11*

Watch that if you can find a copy on DVD.

See why the clintons pressured ABC to not release it.

Decide for yourself.

*I take no responsibility if you throw something through your TV while watching it.

RealMc on August 17, 2013 at 9:02 AM

I keep hearing about that show. I would pay dearly to see a copy on DVD. Everyone says the Clinton Machine buried it.

How can I get a copy?

thejackal on August 17, 2013 at 9:04 AM

It’s pronounced “tard.” And she does look tard, to me. Just like she was before the facelift. She’s tard again.

What’s the word for that?

Wino on August 17, 2013 at 8:37 AM

If she’s tard again, she must be retard…

HiJack on August 17, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Vince Foster remains unavailable for comment.

kingsjester on August 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I bet they cancelled because they just couldn’t stand to hear her shrieking voice long enough to make the film.

Flange on August 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM

a source at Fox says the negotiation fell apart over deal points more than any potential fallout. Fox TV Studios did not respond to a request for comment. NBC declined comment.

“Deal points”, BTW, is Tinseltown-talk for “we couldn’t agree on the specifics”. Most likely, the script.

My SWAG is that Hillary demands script approval- and Fox Searchlight, who would probably produce it, knew that any script that mentioned Vince Foster, on Brown, Whitewater, the Travel Office, Rose Law, or even Hill’s very short tenure working for Sam Ervin on Watergate would get a big thumbs down from Her Shrillness.

And let’s not even think about Benghazi. Or Bill’s Filner Syndrome.

The Hill is half doctrinaire leftist, half raving coocoo, and everybody knows it. But she doesn’t want it talked about.

Which means Fox could either put out a fantasy “biopic” that everyone would know was total BS. Or do one that was accurate.

Even Hill knows that the latter course would, in all likelihood, destroy her Presidential aspirations right out of the starting gate.

“Truthiness” wasn’t going to fly, in this case.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM

The Path to 9/11*

Watch that if you can find a copy on DVD.

See why the clintons pressured ABC to not release it.

Decide for yourself.

*I take no responsibility if you throw something through your TV while watching it.

RealMc on August 17, 2013 at 9:02 AM

I keep hearing about that show. I would pay dearly to see a copy on DVD. Everyone says the Clinton Machine buried it.

How can I get a copy?

thejackal on August 17, 2013 at 9:04 AM

I managed to get one from a close friend…….Not sure where he got it.

Be persistent and look for it. It is worth the effort.

RealMc on August 17, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Yawn… a nothingburger from Fox…

Khun Joe on August 17, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Do the debates really matter that much anymore, other than a way to sabotage yourself (Rick Perry.) Newt won the debates last time, and that worked out so well for him, didn’t it?

rbj on August 17, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Maybe Fox Business can produce a show starring her on how to turn $1000 into $100,000 in cattle futures.

Murphy9 on August 17, 2013 at 9:14 AM

eon on August 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM

I am betting Cigars and Lewinsky would also be verbotten; but at this point, what difference does it make……

heh.

RealMc on August 17, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Why does Fox TV Studios hate women? Let’s get this whole BS out in the open first.

Kissmygrits on August 17, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Maybe Fox Business can produce a show starring her on how to turn $1000 into $100,000 in cattle futures.

Murphy9 on August 17, 2013 at 9:14 AM

…come on!…she’s a cow!…who?… would know better?

KOOLAID2 on August 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM

By backing out of this, it looks like a tacit admission that the home of the Simpsons, Family Guy and House really is locked at the hip with Fox News.

Maybe we should have waited for the script to be written before anyone made any decisions?

Why can’t we say that no matter what’s in the script,(c’mon, it’s NBC and CNN) why run a biography or hag-ography or any kind if ography on a political candidate before they are elected and during their election cycle?

I don’t understand you sometimes Jazz. Your piece here seems rather naive.

Vince on August 17, 2013 at 9:20 AM

I recorded to a CD when it aired but I have looked for copies and could not find

KBird on August 17, 2013 at 9:23 AM

…if they use Tina Fey as the Hillary character…I’m watching!

KOOLAID2 on August 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

You can get a copy of The path to 9/11 on eBay.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

So, I’m to understand the NBC entertainment and NBC news are separate but Fox Television and Fox News are not? I can’t believe all the noise over something that hasn’t happened yet. Let it get made, let it get marketed, let the networks make their choices and call it a day.

The RNC could have said something really simple, “If this actually happens we’ll make our decisions then. Needless to say, CNN has a tough row to hoe after the Candy Crowley incident, but everything else is open. We certainly can’t expect our candidates to be able to handle a Russian Premier and not be able to deal with a biased news media.”

If the RNC really wants to do their job, they need Newt to give a short course about how to handle a question that’s obviously slanted from the Left. I’ve seen few people who can do that. Rubio is also really good at not allowing the media to set a false premise with their questions.

The RNC, and Republicans in general, need to become more media savvy. It’s easy for Democrats because they’re so coddled that there won’t be the gotcha questions. Republicans need to understand that there is little difference between the opposition party and our illustrious free press.

bflat879 on August 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

That “sad” picture of Hillary is one I want to see a lot of in the coming years on this site.

HotAir always uses “happy” or “sad” pictures of candidates depending on the news.

bluegill on August 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

a HAGiography of Hillary?

What is that, a biography of a hag?

I suppose that’s appropriate.

UltimateBob on August 17, 2013 at 9:39 AM

“Hag”

Philly on August 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM

The NBC Entertainment division seems phenomenally fitting.

hillsoftx on August 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

There are still a lot of folks without a predestined decision who may need to be smacked in the face with something that disrupts the latest re-run of The Big Bang Theory.

Don’t be messing with TBBT!!!

*ADMITTED NERD*

ladyingray on August 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I’m still waiting or the Slick Willie/ Monica mini series that was promised years ago.

FlaMurph on August 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Maybe we should have waited for the script to be written before anyone made any decisions?

How about, “there’s still a little bit of sanity left in the world”? No?

Well, I can dream, can’t I?

Cleombrotus on August 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

You can get a copy of The path to 9/11 on eBay.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

You Tube has it in different segments for free.

HiJack on August 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

You can get a copy of The path to 9/11 on eBay.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

.
You can get an overpriced copy from PBS:

http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=2366321

ExpressoBold on August 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM

A salute to our POTUS and VPOTUS for avoiding stuff like the following. Bill Clinton and the media had a lady I knew explaining oral sex to her 9 and 11 year olds during the “Monica Mess”.

…being cuckolded by Bill.

Oh? You think they won’t do that? Why wouldn’t they? It’s not like they have an agenda or anything.

Wino on August 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Why is it that guys around her chase women? We have Weiner. We had Bill. The we had her security detail with hookers and another scandal hidden.

I don’t think that “C” word can be applied to women. A married woman can make her husband one, but I think that is it.

Maybe if she was the masculine partner in a lesbian relationship and the sweet feminine thing cheated, it could apply, but I don’t know.

IlikedAUH2O on August 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Diane Lane to play “Piano Legs” Clintoon? Why wouldn’t producers pick somebody like Meryl Streep, who’s age appropriate and not a petite, shapely “love to be in love” kinda gal? There’s that “bakin’ cookies” comment to deal with, remember?

ExpressoBold on August 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM

NBC should get one of these guys to direct.

steebo77 on August 17, 2013 at 10:49 AM

You can get a copy of The path to 9/11 on eBay.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Yep.

profitsbeard on August 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

You can get an overpriced copy from PBS:

http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=2366321

ExpressoBold on August 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM

That is not the movie, but a PBS documentary.

This is the movie.

profitsbeard on August 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

That is not the movie, but a PBS documentary.

profitsbeard on August 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

.
Ooooooopppppps! Sorry! Didn’t mean to mislead anybody…

ExpressoBold on August 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I don’t think that “C” word can be applied to women. A married woman can make her husband one, but I think that is it.

Then give me the feminine (for lack of a better term) equivalent, and I’ll use it. In the meantime, “cuckold” it is.

Wino on August 17, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I’d rather see a drama of Billary being tried for their crimes along the lines of the 1970 The Andersonville Trial.

Of course, to cover all of the content it would have to be a nightly miniseries and would take months to watch it all…

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 17, 2013 at 11:22 AM

By backing out of this, it looks like a tacit admission that the home of the Simpsons, Family Guy and House really is locked at the hip with Fox News. And that only gives cover to NBC News to make the entire argument look silly.

No it does not. It is THE VERY SAME ARGUMENT! If you make the case that Fox had to back off from the project because there is no wall between the various entities associated with the Fox label, then THERE IS NO WALL BETWEEN THE VARIOUS ENTITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE NBC LABEL and their argument that their news division should bear no responsibility for what their entertainment division does holds no water.

This is ’1 + 1 = 2′ level difficulty, Jazz Shaw. If you can convince a media company that you’re a clever enough writer to have them publish you, you should be smarter than this.

James on August 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Maybe Steve Bannon and James O’Keefe should team up and produce a Hillary Hag-ography for FOX. Make sure it airs repeatedly, before, during and after the CNN/NBC slobberfest vids go up. Fight fire with fire.

Harbingeing on August 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

By backing out of this, it looks like a tacit admission that the home of the Simpsons, Family Guy and House really is locked at the hip with Fox News.

Logic like that is typically indicative of advanced RINO-itis.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Maybe… just maybe… no one wants it because it’s a POS?

Then again, I’d watch Diane Lane in just about anything.

John the Libertarian on August 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Maybe we should have waited for the script to be written before anyone made any decisions?

That would require someone to sit down at the typewriter, open his veins, and bleed.

de rigueur on August 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM

From Webster’s:

Hagiography (hag-ee-AH-gra-fee) n. The biography of a hag.

Doug Piranha on August 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Alright, What has Hillary actually accomplished? On another note, if you are male or female, who would you rather be stranded an a tropical island with, Hillary or Sarah Palin? I would choose Sarah Palin. I think she would know better how to survive. And she would probably be better company and not bitch so much about whatever.

birdwatcher on August 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Maybe we should have waited for the script to be written before anyone made any decisions?

…and you’d expect what, factual information?? Hoping CNN and NBC or any other MSM network would put out an accurate portrayal of the empty pantsuit is just proving the definition of insanity.

veni vidi vici on August 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM

She’s as much a blow-hard as is obama.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

veni vidi vici, what a great nom :)

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Hagiography (hag-ee-AH-gra-fee) n. The biography of a hag.

Doug Piranha on August 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Heh, she is the scumhag of all scumhags.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

The Clintons have led their entire live by doing nothing, owning nothing and SKIRTING THE LAW AT EVERY OPERTUNITY. Can their be any among us so naive as to be live that this would be anything but hours of infomercials placed just in time to avoid equal time requirements. Lets no one be so naive as to think that she will not be paid $$Millions “for her story”, solely to avoid the campaign contribution laws.

How have we degenerated to such a low state and give up our last vestiges of freedom to except these action from potential leaders of our once great nation.

We can do better then this old worn out running shoe. We can do better. We must do better. We will do better or we will not survive.

jpcpt03 on August 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Down cankles!

racquetballer on August 17, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Maybe Oprah can wear a Hillary mask to play the part.

racquetballer on August 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

I disagree with the idea that Fox , by not participating in this production, demonstrates their hip-connection with Fox News. What about the profit motive? How profitable would this garbage be? Who would actually watch it? Let’s remember something…the purpose of the MSNBC and CNN production is not about making money as much as it is promoting their favourite candidate and making sure that, if she is elected, they are well remembered when the time comes for picking administration officials…where would the New Press Secretary come from, for example.

But, as a money making proposition, it would be a bust…who really really really would want to watch such tripe?

Blaise on August 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM

That “sad” picture of Hillary is one I want to see a lot of in the coming years on this site.

HotAir always uses “happy” or “sad” pictures of candidates depending on the news.

blueballs on August 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

…you’re a “genius” too!
…heh?

KOOLAID2 on August 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Just a bit softer focus and all we’ll be left with will be the Cheshire Cat grin and the Cankles.

trl on August 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Path to 9/11 is available as a torrent in two parts. I promise you, any ex- or active military (especially special operators) will be pi$$ed after watching it – not to mention everyone else.

I promise everyone – the military COULD have stopped this – had we been allowed.

PJ Emeritus on August 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

But what does this alleged Fox decision say about the ongoing debate?

Absolutely nothing.

Fox Studios was negotiating to provide the facilities for shooting and nothing more – not the script, not the direction, not the casting, not the actors, not the editorial decisions.

The negotiations broke down over money.

So stop trying to make something out of nothing, Shaw.

bgoldman on August 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Anyone remember when a certain Clinton friend & lawyer ‘killed’ himself in the park? According to an initial investigation report, which was quickly changed, Hillary made a call back to Arkansas to relay the message regarding the suicide approx 10 minutes before the body was officially found…I wonder if THAT is going to be in her movie?

Also, other were witnesses who swore Hillary’s aide went into his police-taped office and came out with a folder. That folder was later found in the Clinton’s living quarters…and of course they knew nothing about how it got there. Must have been the maids… Surely THIS will be in the movie, right?

And how convicted terrorists received pardons before her NY Senate election, guaranteeing quite a large block of votes…..

And her debate with Obama, both arguing they would be the best person to answer that late-night phone call….

easyt65 on August 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM