“Hillary,” Starring Diane Lane, “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Stephen King’s Tommyknockers” and “Plymouth” Add to NBC's Growing Event Slate

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July 27th, 2013

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NBC EXPANDS EVENT PROGRAMMING SLATE WITH THREE MINISERIES AND ONE LIMITED SERIES

“Hillary,” Starring Diane Lane, “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Stephen King’s Tommyknockers” and “Plymouth” Add to Growing Slate

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — July 27, 2013 — In ramping up its commitment to longform and event limited series programming along the lines of “A.D.: After the Bible,” which was announced last month, NBC is in early development on a handful of new projects, including a behind-the-scenes look at Hillary Rodham Clinton, an updated retelling of “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Stephen King’s Tommyknockers” and “Plymouth,” based on the epic story of the Mayflower’s landing in America.

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.

Lane is one of the most well-regarded actresses working in Hollywood today. She is a three-time Golden Globe nominee (feature films “Unfaithful,” “Under the Tuscan Sun” and TV movie “Cinema Verite”) and is an Independent Spirit Award nominee (“A Walk in the Moon”). She has also been nominated for two SAG Awards (“Unfaithful” and “Cinema Verite”).

Lane has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards: “Cinema Verite” and as a lead actress in “Lonesome Dove.”

Sherryl Clark of Busted Shark will serve as executive producer along with James D. Stern and producers Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith of Endgame Entertainment. Stern was a producer on the critically acclaimed motion picture “Looper” and was nominated for both a Gotham Award and Independent Spirit Award as producer on the film “I’m Not There.”

Rosemary’s Baby” is a four-hour updated retelling of the bestselling novel by Ira Levin that was later adapted as a feature film about devil worship and the complex relationship between a young husband and wife. In the new version, the couple lives in Paris where this edge-of-your-seat thriller unfolds. Lionsgate is the production company. Scott Abbott (“Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” “Winchell”) will serve as writer on “Rosemary’s Baby.” Executive producers are Joshua Maurer, David Stern, Perri Kipperman and Alix Witlin.

“Stephen King’s Tommyknockers” is based on the renown author’s chilling 1987 novel about how the residents of a small Maine town deal with what they believe is an alien spacecraft that has landed nearby. Executive producers are Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky. Emmy Award winner Yves Simoneau (“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”) is attached to direct.

Limited series “Plymouth,” which examines the challenges and drama of the Pilgrims’ journey across the Atlantic and the difficulties of settling in a new country, will be executive produced by Mark Burnett and Anne Thomopolous of Mark Burnett Productions, and Gina Matthews and Grant Sharbo (Little Engine). Oscar (“The Hellstrom Chronicle”) and Emmy winner (“NYPD Blue”) Walon Green will write.

NBC Entertainment develops and schedules programming for the network’s primetime, late-night, and daytime schedules. NBC’s quality programs and balanced lineup have earned the network critical acclaim, numerous awards and ratings success. NBC has earned more Emmy Awards than any network in television history. NBC’s roster of popular scripted series includes the critically acclaimed “Parks and Recreation” and “Community,” as well as new comedies “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Sean Saves the World” and “About a Boy.” NBC’s drama slate is highlighted by the buzzworthy new series “The Blacklist,” “Ironside” and “Crisis,” veteran series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Parenthood” and “Grimm,” and the acclaimed recent additions “Chicago Fire” and “Revolution.” Unscripted series for NBC include the vocal competition hit “The Voice” as well as “The Biggest Loser,” “The Celebrity Apprentice” and the perennial #1 most-watched summer series, “America’s Got Talent.”

In late-night, NBC regularly delivers #1 broadcast results with “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “Saturday Night Live.” NBC Daytime’s “Days Of Our Lives” consistently ranks among daytime’s top programs in the valuable women 18-34 category. The five-time, Emmy Award-winning NBC.com streams full episodes and provides original content for NBC entertainment shows online and through apps for mobile and tablet devices. NBC recently launched NBC Kids, a new Saturday morning programming block designed specifically to address the developmental needs of preschool-aged children. Programmed by the kids’ experts at Sprout, the nation’s first 24-hour preschool television channel, this new three-hour block will feature educational series that promote active, healthy lifestyles for younger children.

 
  • Mark

    Sounds like NBC will be airing an extended “Hillary Clinton in 2016″ infomercial.

  • 1123.6536.5321

    They could save money by mergng 3 of the project into “Hillary – Rose Marys Baby vs. The Tommyknockers”.

    Why would they remake Tommyknockers? Its already been a miniseries once and wasnt all that good. Id rather see a continuation of The Stand – 20 years after the plague.

  • steve

    Two remakes and a biopic. NBC just living on the bleeding edge.

  • rehabber

    If the hillary show was the only thing on I would not watch. No way it will be true or the clintons would be suing.

  • Oliver

    I imagine these shows, with the possible exception of Plymouth, are designed with international sales in mind.

    What is the difference between a miniseries and a limited series?

  • Max

    I actually think NBC could find a good niche with limited runs to help build up their ratings during the summer, holidays, and as schedule filler. I think the shows they have chosen aren’t the best concepts, but look at how UTD has done for CBS this summer. Summer isn’t lacking in good shows anymore, so if the networks want a bite of that pie they need better programming to compete. These limited runs make sense.

    Also, look at how well limited runs / mini-series have done on Netflix and internationally. There have been some wild successes, and as tv execs are looking to get every dollar out of their programming to stay afloat, it’s a great market to compete in.

  • Jayson

    About time the networks started doing tv movies and/or mini-series.. perhaps NBC will actually make these movies attractive so that tv stars stay in tv and not try to cross over into movies.

  • Ultima

    @Oliver
    What is the difference between a miniseries and a limited series?

    A miniseries is typically aired over multiple hours a night and multiple nights of the week while a limited series is scheduled in the same timeslot for several weeks/months.

    For example, a four-hour miniseries would usually air two hours the first night, then finish the next day.

  • HV

    @Oliver
    I think, but am not positive, that the difference is that a mini-series is a show that is intended to go one season, while a limited series is a show that has shorter seasons, but can be renewed for additional seasons. I’m not totally positive about this.

    Speaking of this, does anyone know if CBS’s “Hostages” is only going to be one season, or does it have the possibility of renewal?

  • Paul

    Feels weird to have a biopic about a living person whose career is far from over as she is likely going to be the President in 2016. WEIRD.

  • a p garcia

    I would pay to see “Rosemary’s Baby-The Hillary Clinton Story”.

  • AppleStinx

    Diane Lane is married to Josh Brolin, whose father James is married to Barbra Streisand, a die-hard Clinton supporter. This sounds like an intro to ‘Hillary 2016′.

  • Rebecca

    And Josh Brolin, her husband, played George W. Bush in a movie. I like Diane Lane, but there are two actresses who look a lot more like Hillary: Nina Seimaszko who played Ellie Bartlett on “The West Wing,” and definitely Hope Davis who has been in lots of things including “The Newsroom” (as the tabloid/gossip reporter). I’ve thought for a long time that Hope should play Hillary in something. All three are good actresses, but it’s great when the actress strongly resembles the real life character.

  • Ellen in NYC

    Diane Lane and Josh Brolin are married but in the middle of divorcing.

  • Brian

    This’ll be good.

  • WRIGHT

    Tommyknockers!!!!!

  • jessica

    Oliver, it is mostly Hollywood triple-speak.

    Generally mini-series are of finite duration, which is what most people would think of upon reading of a “limited” series but that is not the case. A mini-series may appear as a double-feature-length split over two consecutive nights or it could be episodic length over four consecutive nights or episodic length over Sunday of four consecutive weeks (assuming it is 4 hours with commercials). If you ask the Emmys they will tell you that the 13 episode second season of American Horror Story is a mini-series. I think they were drunk when they decided that.

    Essentially a limited series is a potentially recurring show with a finite episode count per season that is usually around a dozen or less. With ‘normal’ American shows they start off usually with 13 episodes but are open to and expected to get an extension for 9 more (or a second season if they premiere mid-season) or be deemed a failure. With a limited series there simply is no such thing. Hannibal, Haven, Rookie Blue, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, and Downton Abbey are limited series. Pretty much every Canadian, British, Irish, and Australian scripted show is what Hollywood would call a limited series (or a mini-series if the episode count is small enough).

    What this press release is telling us is that Plymouth will have a finite number of episodes in its first season and might have multiple seasons. FOX did the same thing with the return of 24 in calling it a limited series. Technically it was a limited series all along, of a rather large 24 episodes per season. It just meant that if the show did really well they still weren’t going to later increase it to 26 episodes.

  • Luke

    I like this direction that NBC is going. I remember breathlessly waiting for mini-series like Odysseus on NBC a while back.

  • Andrew

    Diane Lane. Isn’t that a Vampire Weekend song?

  • Andrew93

    @Andrew your thinking Diane Young.

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