NBC says it’s going to expand its programming landscape to feature more “event”-oriented productions, following the success of miniseries like History’s “The Bible” (the sequel to which NBC recently acquired) and CBS’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “Under the Dome.”
As part of the new programming strategy, the network announced Saturday it’s developing a new limited series and four new miniseries, including one about Hillary Clinton that will star Diane Lane as the former First Lady and Secretary of State.
“We need to be in the event business,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt to TV critics Saturday in Los Angeles. “You’re going to hear that from every network.”
“Hillary” is a four-hour miniseries starring Diane Lane that will recount Clinton’s life as wife, mother, politician, and cabinet member from 1998 to the present. The role of former President Bill Clinton has not yet been cast. An airdate has not been set, but “Hillary” is expected to air before Clinton likely would be announcing her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president for the 2016 presidential campaign (although Clinton has not yet said whether or not she will run for president).
NBC is also planning an updated retelling of the classic thriller “Rosemary’s Baby” in a four-hour adaptation of the best-selling Ira Levin novel (the 1968 Roman Polanski film starred Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes) about devil worship. The story centers on a young couple living in Paris, whose mysterious new neighbors and odd occurrences fuel the mommy-to-be’s growing obsession and paranoia about her unborn child.
There’s also a new version of “Stephen King’s Tommyknockers” in the works, based on the horror master’s 1987 novel about a small Maine town dealing with the arrival of what appears to be an alien spacecraft, as well as a six-hour miniseries about “Cleopatra.”
As previously announced, NBC has nabbed the airing rights to the sequel to Mark Burnett’s hugely successful miniseries “The Bible” (which first aired on the History Channel) titled “A.D.: After the Bible,” but they are also partnering with the reality guru (“Survivor,” “The Apprentice”) on a limited-run series tentatively titled “Plymouth” about the Pilgrims’ journey across the Atlantic and landing on Plymouth Rock.
NBC is also excited about its live production of a sing-along version of “The Sound of Music” that will air in December.
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