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NBC’s Hillary Clinton Project Looks Doomed, Rivals Say.

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NBC’s Hillary Clinton miniseries looks likely to fizzle out, executives at two rival networkstold TheWrap.”It’s going to die a slow death,” one of the executives said, following NBC entertainment Bob Greenblatt statement Friday that the project was only in development and might never be made. The executives spoke on condition of anonymity.

Greenblatt’s statement came in response to the Republican National Committee voting to bar NBC and CNN from hosting 2016 Republican primary debates. CNN Films is also planning a Clinton project, a documentary. Republicans say the projects give the former Secretary of State an unfair publicity boost over their candidates.

On Friday, the same day as the RNC vote, Fox Television Studios said it woud not produce the film.

Greenblatt announced the project in remarks to television critics last month, but noted in his statement Friday that not all projects in development actually air.

“The Hillary Clinton movie has not been ordered to production, only a script is being written at this time. It is ‘in development,’ the first stage of any television series or movie, many of which never go to production,” Greenblatt said. “Speculation, demands, and declarations pertaining to something that isn’t created or produced yet seem premature.”

The four-hour miniseries would be written and directed by Courtney Hunt and would star Diane Lane.

“The Kennedys” producer Joel Surnow blamed political pressure from the left two years ago when his drama was dropped by History and aired instead on Reelz. This time, the pressure is coming from conservatives – though it was unclear whether it was the reason for the project’s recent obstacles.

CBS passed on the project before NBC decided to move forward, a knowledgeable executive told TheWrap. Fox passed as well.

A representative for Hunt declined to comment Tuesday on the status of the project. So did NBC. A representative for Lane did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Soon after the miniseries was announced, NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd griped that it was a “total nightmare” for NBC News, which is separate from Greenblatt’s entertainment wing.

“We know there’s this giant firewall, we know we have nothing to do with it. We know that we’d love probably to be as critical or whatever it is gonna be if it comes out, but there’s nothing we can do about it and we’re gonna only own the negative,” Todd said.

Last week, he said the RNC’s decision to shut out CNN and NBC was “smart” because it would enable the party to hold fewer debates, and deny a forum to less viable candidates.

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Fox Pulls Out of Hillary Clinton Mini-Series.

An outlet of Fox Entertainment said Friday that financial issues led it to pull out of a mini-series about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that is being planned for NBC.

The decision by Fox Television Studios came on the same day as the Republican National Committee unanimously passed a resolution to prevent NBC and CNN from covering its 2016 GOP presidential primary debates.

The New York Times reported Friday that an executive involved in the negotiations between Fox and NBC said political pressure was not a factor.

Rather, the financial terms being offered by NBC simply were not attractive to Fox, the executive told the Times.

The RNC, meeting in Boston at its summer meeting, asked the networks Friday “to cancel these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment.” Clinton is considered a likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2016.

CNN is planning a documentary about Clinton from director Charles Ferguson, who won an Oscar in 2011 for his film “Inside Job.” Ferguson used his Oscar acceptance speech as a platform of sorts, saying, “Three years after a horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that’s wrong.”

“The Hillary Clinton movie has not been ordered to production. Only a script is being written at this time,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt told The Hollywood Reporter. The network plans to produce the series on its own.

“It is ‘in development,’ the first stage of any television series or movie, many of which never go to production,” Greenblatt said. “Speculation, demands, and declarations pertaining to something that isn’t created or produced yet seem premature.”

The executive who spoke to The New York Times, who insisted on not being identified because of the private nature of the talks, said Fox’s research indicated that foreign sales of the film might not be as strong as anticipated.

Fox Television Studios would have gained international sales rights to the mini-series, a crucial factor in its interest, the Times reports.

It was announced last week that Fox TV Studios, the home of the Fox News cable channel, might produce the planned four-hour mini-series, written and directed by Courtney Hunt and starring actress Diane Lane.

Fox TV did not respond to requests for comment. NBC also declined to comment.

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
By Todd Beamon

Priebus: GOP Won’t Boycott Fox if it Produces Hillary Movie.

If Fox Television Studios ends up producing the Hillary Clinton biopic for NBC, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says he wouldn’t move to boycott Fox News Channel from holding GOP presidential debates.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Priebus was questioned by host Candy Crowley about a New York Times report that NBC was in early negotiations with Fox News Channel’s sister network about producing the mini-series.

Priebus spent last week saying on cable news channels that if NBC’s miniseries and a planned CNN documentary on the presumed presidential candidate air, his party will not allow either network to host Republican debates.

Crowley asked whether Fox News Channel, which is far more friendly to Republicans than other broadcast news channels, should be boycotted if the studios of its sister network become involved.

Priebus said he was more interested in who was airing the show, which would star actress Diane Lane as Clinton.

“I’m not interested in whether they’re using the same caterer or whether they all drink Diet Coke. I’m not boycotting Diane Lane,” Priebus said. “I’m going to boycott the company that puts the miniseries and the documentaries on the air for the American people to view. I’m not interested in whether they use the same sound studio or whether they use the same set.”

NBC News’ Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell have opposed their network airing the movie, and Crowley herself has said that although the documentary is planned by an outside company, “Politically, it makes it very difficult for me.”

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

By Greg Richter

NBC to Air Hillary Clinton Miniseries.

A Hillary Rodham Clinton miniseries timed to precede the 2016 presidential election is part of NBC’s effort to create “event” programming that will draw viewers to the shrinking world of broadcast network TV, NBC’s programming chief said Saturday.

“We need to be in the event business. I think you’re going to hear that from every broadcast network,” said Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman.

The four-hour miniseries “Hillary,” starring Diane Lane as the former first lady and secretary of state, is one such bid for distinctive programming, he said.

The goal is to woo viewers who are increasingly drawn away by cable TV‘s eye-catching, critically acclaimed fare like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” and other media choices.

Broadcasting’s audience is shrinking by 4 percent to 7 percent annually, Greenblatt told a meeting of the Television Critics Association.

“Anything that can shake up the landscape and say, `we have something special'” would be considered part of the varied group of event projects, he said.

At NBC, that ranges from the new fall game show “Million Second Quiz” to big-ticket scripted fare including “Hillary” and other projects announced Saturday: “Rosemary’s Baby” a four-hour version of the Ira Levin novel that was adapted as a 1968 movie; an adaptation of “Stephen King’s Tommyknockers,” and “Plymouth,” about the Pilgrim’s journey and settlement in America.

A six-hour miniseries about Cleopatra is in development, Greenblatt said.

Although Clinton hasn’t announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for president, Greenblatt spoke as if her candidacy is expected. “Hillary” could air before Clinton announces her decision, but the timing has yet to be determined, Greenblatt said.

He didn’t address how such a miniseries, which will track Clinton’s life and career from 1998 to the present, might affect the presidential contest.

The part of former President Bill Clinton has yet to be cast. Lane’s credits include the feature films “Unfaithful” and “Under the Tuscan Sun” and the TV movie “Cinema Verite.”

Other networks seeking to stem audience erosion are jumping on the event bandwagon, especially in light of the success of another King adaptation, CBS’ summer series “Under the Dome.” Announced plans include a Fox’s remake of the “Shogun” miniseries based on James Clavell‘s novel.

Greenblatt argued that NBC, which finished the last September-to-May season in fourth place in total viewers, is in better shape when the entire year is taken into account, especially among advertiser-favored young adult viewers.

He credited the popular talent contests “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent,” as well as dramas “Grimm” and “Hannibal.”

NBC has high hopes for the fall sitcom that brings Michael J. Fox back to TV but is prepared for a big tune-in for the debut episode that might not be sustainable, Greenblatt said.

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Irish PM Received Letters in Blood Over Proposed Abortion Law.

Enda Kenny
Ireland Prmie Minister Enda Kenny said he has been sent letters written in blood and branded a murderer by opponents of his government’s plans to allow limited access to abortion.

Ireland’s prime minister said he has been sent letters written in blood and branded a murderer by opponents of his government’s plans to allow limited access to abortion, an issue that has polarized the country for decades.

Enda Kenny’s government agreed draft legislation in April to allow for limited access to abortion where a woman’s life is in danger, including the threat of suicide, following months of protests from both sides of the debate.

After some 40,000 people massed outside government offices in Dublin on Saturday in the largest anti-abortion demonstration in traditionally Roman Catholic Ireland’s history, Kenny delivered a trenchant defense of the government’s plans.

“I am now being branded by personnel around the country as being a murderer, that I am going to have on my soul the death of 20 million babies,” Kenny told parliament on Wednesday, detailing how he had been sent items of Catholic regalia and threatening messages.

“I’m getting medals, scapulars, plastic fetuses, letters written in blood, telephone calls all over the system and it’s not confined to me.”

A two-decade debate over how Ireland should deal with a Supreme Court ruling that abortion be permitted when a woman’s life was in danger was re-opened last year after the death of a woman who was denied an abortion of her dying fetus.

Successive governments had sidestepped acting on the ruling, the result of a challenge by a 14-year-old rape victim in the so-called “X-case” of 1992 to a constitutional amendment nine years earlier that intended to ban abortion in all instances.

Kenny hopes to enact legislation before parliament adjourns in July despite misgivings among some among his conservative Fine Gael party and a concerted campaign by the Ireland’s once powerful Catholic Church to put pressure on lawmakers.

In a strongly worded statement on Tuesday, the Catholic Bishops of Ireland accused the government of misleading people on the abortion legislation and said every citizen “should be deeply concerned” by the radical changes proposed.

Rocked by a series of child abuse scandals, the church’s influence over society has waned since the 1980s and a younger, secular generation wants to end the practice of Irish women travelling to nearby Britain to terminate their pregnancies.

Kenny, a regular mass goer who delivered a once-unthinkable rebuke to the Vatican over its handling of the scandals two years ago, said he did not agree with many of the statements that the bishops had made.

“My job as taoiseach (prime minister) is to lead the government in governing for the people of the country. That is not confined to any sector of the people, it is for all of the people,” he said to applause from some members of parliament.

“Therefore I am proud to stand here as a public representative, as a taoiseach who happens to be a Catholic but not a Catholic taoiseach.”



Editing by Alison Williams

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