Game over: After CNN documentary on Hillary is canceled, NBC drops Hillary miniseries

posted at 8:01 pm on September 30, 2013 by Allahpundit

Too bad. There were rich dramatic possibilities in the story of a wronged spouse who became a passable U.S. senator and then a subpar presidential candidate before rising above it all to achieve mediocrity as secretary of state.

They can always revisit the subject in 2025, after she’s been an unexceptional president.

“After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/mini-series development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries,” the network said in a statement Monday…

NBC announced in July that it was developing a four-hour miniseries based on the former first lady starring Lane, with plans to air the effort before Clinton was likely to announce her candidacy for president. NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt noted the play would have avoided concerns about equal time to Clinton’s potential Republican challenger. The project was due to be written by Frozen River’s Courtney Hunt and would have recounted Clinton’s life as a wife, mother, politician and cabinet member from 1998 to the present. The script would have started with Clinton living in the White House as her husband is serving the second of his two terms as president and would have included her likely run for president.

So, predictably, they were going to start the story during the Monica years, at the height of Hillary’s sympathetic victimization. To think, America will never know the cheesy melodrama of Diane Lane tremulously asking “Bill” if the rumors are true, slapping him across the face when he lies to her and says no, then putting on a brave face for the cameras after the scandal explodes. Later, there’d be a scene after a Democratic presidential debate where an arrogant Barack Obama tells her to face reality and accept that the nomination is his. Whereupon her lip would quiver and she’d slap him, only to put on a brave face for the cameras outside the debate hall. And then, near the end, there’d be a scene between her and one of her deputies at State who’s been charged with telling her that the jihadis have overrun the consulate at Benghazi. She’d slap him in the face, tears welling in her eyes, but then muster a brave face at her Senate hearing in wondering aloud, with steely determination, what difference does it make. So vulnerable, yet … so tough.

The funniest part of CNN and NBC bailing out of these Hillary infomercials is that the RNC is trying to take credit for it. If you read Ed’s post this morning, you know the real reason — Clintonworld froze out the documentary director because they’re fanatic about controlling Hillary’s image, especially before another presidential run. In fact, rumors started swirling weeks ago about NBC possibly canceling the miniseries for that same reason, because they feared reprisals from Bill and Hillary if they went forward which could be “unhelpful” to their corporate interests if she ended up winning in 2016. As of mid-August, the production had gone from 90 percent likely according to one source to 60 percent unlikely; the only reason the announcement was made today, I assume, is because CNN announced that its own documentary was kiboshed and NBC figured it might as well take advantage of the news cycle. Same with the RNC, which posted earlier about its debate boycott threat after the CNN news broke:

“While CNN is not moving forward with its Hillary Clinton infomercial, it’s clearly not of their choosing but rather because the filmmaker quit in large part because of the RNC’s actions. This was only the first step in the Republican Party taking control of our debate process. The purpose of our party’s debates is to better inform our grassroots and those participating in Republican primaries and caucuses. The pressure is now squarely on NBC to cancel its Hillary infomercial. The timing, frequency, moderators and venues will all be part of new debate model that will come in the next few months. Any media organization looking to be part of the debate process will have to comply with the new system.” – RNC spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski

The key bit is in bold. The grand strategy behind the RNC’s Hillary-movie boycott of CNN and NBC was to show grassroots conservatives that they’re willing to fight the evil media in the name of “taking control of our debate process.” What they really want to do in that vein, though, is limit the number of primary debates in 2016, since the more debates there are, the more that gives a tea-party insurgent like Ted Cruz free media which he can use to gain ground on more establishment candidates like Christie and Jeb Bush. By picking a fight with an institution righties hate, they’ve introduced the idea of cleaning up the debate process on terms that the base can most sympathize with.

Anyhow, your exit question: Why would anyone want to make a movie about Hillary after she became a national figure? There’s only one way that script can go, namely, trying to find the human being behind the mask of power and ambition that a national political figure fashions for him/herself. And that leads you to eye-rolling crapola of the sort I described above. Hillary before she became Hillary! is a richer topic. What was she like back before she was famous, when she was relating to other people in a semi-normal way and not encased in an inhuman excrescence known as “Clintonworld”?


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What difference, at this point, does it make?

Murphy9 on September 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Too bad it couldn’t have been the slapfest you described…that would have been hilarious.

scalleywag on September 30, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Anyhow, your exit question: Why would anyone want to make a movie about Hillary after she became a national figure? There’s only one way that script can go, namely, trying to find the human being behind the mask of power and ambition that a national political figure fashions for him/herself. And that leads you to eye-rolling crapola of the sort I described above. Hillary before she became Hillary! is a richer topic. What was she like back before she was famous, when she was relating to other people in a semi-normal way and not encased in an inhuman excrescence known as “Clintonworld”?

Would that be the inhuman excrescence known as “Rodhamworld”?

Steve Eggleston on September 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Oh nonono.

This would have been the easiest pro-Hillary docu/fantasy ever.

Focus on her

1. Early years, and you have to explain/hide her prog background.

2. First Lady years, and you’ve got to explain/hide Bill and his dong.

3. Senator years, and you’ve got to explain/hide her votes and failed Dem nominee bid.

4. Sec of State years, and you’ve got to explain/hide the Mid-East, Horn of Africa exploded into flames plus the Russian reset.

It was going to be blatant propaganda, everyone knew it, but they also knew you can’t get away with that in today’s instant communication.

The movie would be destroyed in real time on Twitter, so what’s the point?

budfox on September 30, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Hillary before she became Hillary! is a richer topic. What was she like back before she was famous, when she was relating to other people in a semi-normal way and not encased in an inhuman excrescence known as “Clintonworld”?

There is a movie in development titled “Rodham” which is supposed to portray Hillary’s time as a staffer on the Judiciary Committee during Watergate. They haven’t found a lead actress yet, though.

J.S.K. on September 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

The Clintons think they are clean while the facts account for 130 pushing up daisies. Anyone in their right mind would go far away from them. Yet the Clintons think they are absolutely clean. The facts tel lus otherwise. Why are people so ignorant of the Clintons?

mixplix on September 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

This was only the first step in the Republican Party taking control of our debate process.

You dumb broad! Take control of it by putting them on FOX alone. Nobody watches the other networks anyway.

Lanceman on September 30, 2013 at 8:16 PM

She really has a big caboose. Find an actress with an azz that big…

OmahaConservative on September 30, 2013 at 8:28 PM

There is a movie in development titled “Rodham” which is supposed to portray Hillary’s time as a staffer on the Judiciary Committee during Watergate. They haven’t found a lead actress yet, though.

J.S.K. on September 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Wendy Davis will be looking for work.

katy the mean old lady on September 30, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Wendy Davis will be looking for work.

katy the mean old lady on September 30, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Depends and all…

OmahaConservative on September 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

I bet Plutarch would have a grand time comparing the lives of the Clintons with that of Ronald Reagan.

Oh to be privy to the horrible cesspool that is the private life of the Clintons.

Now that would be breaking bad for sure.

Sherman1864 on September 30, 2013 at 8:31 PM

She was a hottie in college

faraway on September 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Michael Moore will pick up the pieces, make his own documentary and cast himself as Hillary.

fogw on September 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Maybe both networks simply discovered that there was little advertiser or viewer interest in this type of fiction.

Rational Thought on September 30, 2013 at 8:38 PM

She was a hottie in college

faraway on September 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

She had a big azz back then, too…

OmahaConservative on September 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

They would have to make Bill look bad to make her look good. Unpossible with Bills job of empowering every Middle Eastern female he can pass his healing hands over with the Foundation. Besides, imagine the expensive CGI with the battle of Tuzla and liberating the Balkan Muslims from the hideous Christians.

BL@KBIRD on September 30, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Vince Foster & Ron Brown will have to wait.

Ugly on September 30, 2013 at 8:56 PM

And really why were they canceled? Too early to steal Obama’s fire?

rickv404 on September 30, 2013 at 9:13 PM

HilGahzi.

Yeah, that’ll work.

Key West Reader on September 30, 2013 at 9:13 PM

She was a hottie in college

faraway on September 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

She had a big azz back then, too…

OmahaConservative on September 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Cankles. Chelsea has them too. Ick.

Key West Reader on September 30, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Many people don’t know that Hillary was a commodities genius. She was one of a very few market wiz kids that made a 100x return.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-04-02/business/9404020160_1_cattle-futures-merc-spokesman-trading

She quit the markets for some reason. She could have been a trillionaire by now. She had a true gift. I would hope that a future documentary would not gloss over Clinton’s time as a cattle futures genius.

BoxHead1 on September 30, 2013 at 9:22 PM

trying to find the human being behind the mask of power and ambition

That’s easy. There isn’t one. But at this late date, “what difference does it make”?

GarandFan on September 30, 2013 at 9:23 PM

“Ha Ha” – Nelson

Cleombrotus on September 30, 2013 at 9:40 PM

CNN and NBC wouldn’t drop this stuff unless there was a good reason.

So there must be a good reason.

Benghazi?
Libya?
Rose Law Firm?

Something’s up.

BobMbx on September 30, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Soooooo…someone make a professional documentary and sell it to HBO, with resalable rights to TBS etc.

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Hypocrite and Incompetent

plaidsheetman on September 30, 2013 at 10:08 PM

She was a hottie in college

faraway on September 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

I am not clicking on that.

8-/

CurtZHP on September 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

The funniest part of CNN and NBC bailing out of these Hillary infomercials is that the RNC is trying to take credit for it.

When was the last time the RNC did something? I’m drawing a blank.

Myron Falwell on September 30, 2013 at 10:55 PM

CNN and NBC wouldn’t drop this stuff unless there was a good reason.

So there must be a good reason.

Benghazi?
Libya?
Rose Law Firm?

Something’s up.

BobMbx on September 30, 2013 at 9:41 PM

They know better than to screw with Lady MacBeth?

clear ether

eon

eon on September 30, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Over the opening credits, I could already hear the music rising, as HRC contemplated the treachery of her lyin’ cheatin’ husband, in a dark, quiet Rose Garden.

The sound of Tammy Wynette’s crystal clear voice, singing that old classic, “Stand by Your Man Only Shot at Remaining Relevant.”

IndieDogg on October 1, 2013 at 2:17 AM

Guess it got killed as they would not
edit out
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE.
Rose law firm
the Pardons
the slick willie sexcapades
the paranoia
the Bosnian Snipers
Benghazi abandonment
the Megabucks on speeches ect ,ect ect.

sniffles1999 on October 1, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Say, what I would love to see is a Hillary biopic done by Dick Morris!

Now that would be a hoot!

Heck, I’ll chip $20 bucks into the kitty for that if he can be persuaded to do it…

ajacksonian on October 1, 2013 at 7:57 AM

After removal of what she didn’t want shown, then editing out what was not truthful, the show only would have been 10 minutes long.

They Had to cancel it.

TimBuk3 on October 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Oh, I dunno. Could it be that no one who wasn’t sporting even the worst case of beer goggles could squint hard enough to believe this as Hillary?

Truly, though, there’s only one actress I thought would have been able to pull off Hillary, but she probably isn’t a big enough “name” to carry a whole miniseries, but she has the voice and would have required a lot less makeup (unlike Ms. Lane) to pull it off. And she was easy to hate on “E/R,” too.

Captain Scarlet on October 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Say, where’s old Dickie anyway? Haven’t seen him on Fox or any other network since the election. Must still be deep into his cups. He should give Rove a call to join him.

Kissmygrits on October 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM