Just hours after CNN canceled its controversial documentary about Hillary Clinton, NBC has officially axed its miniseries on the former Secretary of State. The highly anticipated project was set to focus on her life from 1998 to the present, and would have featured a script from the Academy Award nominated screenwriter behind Frozen River, Courtney Hunt, and a performance by Diane Lane as Clinton. However, since NBC announced its plans to develop the four-hour mini-series in July, it has consistently faced political opposition from the Republican National Committee, who voted to boycott NBC even before the script was written. The GOP argued that releasing a miniseries about Clinton so close to the 2016 presidential election would be an unfair political boon to her campaign and the Democratic Party. None of this came up in the network's statement about the cancellation Monday. Instead, NBC simply issued this general notice:
“After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/miniseries development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries.”
While networks cancel projects for financial and technical reasons on a regular basis, with CNN dropping its Clinton documentary earlier today and NBC facing pressure from the GOP for the last few months, we're guessing the decision to cut the mini-series was political in nature.