Fox TV Studios, division of 21 Century Fox and a sister company of Fox News, won’t be the producer of NBC’s planned 4-hour miniseries Hillary, about Hillary Clinton, that has Diane Lane attached to star as the former First Lady and Secretary of State. The network and the studio had been in preliminary talks with the two sides far apart, and they were never able to bridge the gap on the deal terms. The economics of TV movies and miniseries are challenging, which is why very few production companies take on such programs these days. That includes NBC’s own studio, Universal TV, which would not produce NBC’s longform projects, including Hillary. The Clinton mini, to be written by Courtney Hunt, already has become a lightning rod of controversy, with Republican National Committee voting today to to yank primary debates from NBC (and CNN, which has a Hillary Clinton documentary in the works) and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd calling the mini “a total nightmare” for the news division. RNC chairman Reince Priebus indicated last weekend that the party won’t boycott Fox News if sibling FtvS takes on producing Hillary.
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