NBC’s plan to air a Diane Lane–starring miniseries on the life of Hillary Clinton (and CNN’s decision to do a documentary on the same subject) ahead of her likely presidential run has drawn criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has accused the networks of political bias, and the liberal Media Matters For America’s David Brock has suggested that the mere appearance of political bias is reason enough to scrap the projects. Now, the New York Times reports that NBC’s show might become something of a bipartisan effort: Fox News sister company Fox Television Studios is in “the early stages” of talks to produce still unnamed miniseries, as well as distribute it internationally, though spokeswoman Leslie Oren told the Times that there is “no deal yet.”
If it happens, a Fox partnership probably won’t do much to convince detractors that the project should be made. NBC correspondents (and MSNBC hosts) Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell respectively called the miniseries “a total nightmare for NBC News” and “a really bad idea given the timing,” and an unnamed senior network executive told the Times that it’s “wildly inappropriate for NBC to be doing” — and this is all without anyone having seen the script, which hasn’t even been written yet. We can only hope that the screenwriters will be able to match all this behind-the-scenes drama.