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TCA press tour: NBC to air Hillary Clinton miniseries

Diane Lane, here with estranged husband Josh Brolin

Diane Lane, here with estranged husband Josh Brolin at an awards show in 2012, is to play Hillary Clinton in a TV miniseries. Credit: AP

BEVERLY HILLS — Hillary Clinton, suddenly a hot Hollywood property with a movie on the way, appears to suddenly be a hot TV property as well. Which is another way of saying she will be the subject of a four-hour miniseries to air on NBC, most likely next season. Diane Lane stars, and here's the thru-line:

The four-hour miniseries titled “Hillary,” based on the life of former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, stars Diane Lane and will be written and directed by Oscar nominee Courtney Hunt (“Frozen River”). The miniseries will recount Clinton’s life as a wife, mother, politician and cabinet member from 1998 to the present. The script will begin with Clinton living in the White House as her husband is serving the second of his two terms as president. In the years following, she would eventually become a United States senator, run for president and, ultimately, serve the country as secretary of state.

Asked a bit later about this project during the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Bob Greenblatt, NBC Universal Entertainment chief, didn't offer many more specifics, other than to say that it could “well” air before she announces her candidacy two years from now, but that how this might impact the next election is something the creative team behind it is thinking about.

Oh, and this: No one has yet been cast in the role of Bill Clinton; the deal to produce was just signed, sealed and delivered within the last day.

Plus, NBC announced three other intriguing “long-form” projects, including a miniseries remake of “Rosemary's Baby" -- wonder if Greenblatt got the idea from “Mad Men"  -- and an adaptation of Stephen King's “Tommyknockers.“ 

 And this: A “limited series” based on the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock.

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