NBC's controversial proposed miniseries about Hillary Clinton could get support from an unexpected source: Fox.
The New York Times reported that Fox Television Studios, the sister company of Fox News, could end up producing the series about the life of the former secretary of state and presumed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.
Oscar nominee Diane Lane has agreed to play Hillary Clinton in a planned NBC miniseries. (AP photos)
Fox Television Studios spokeswoman Leslie Oren confirmed that NBC is in “the early stages” of talks to have Fox produce and distribute the film internationally. Academy Award nominee Diane Lane would star as Clinton.
“There is no deal yet,” Oren said.
NBC has received sharp criticism about the project, including from within its own network: NBC News political director Chuck Todd said the miniseries would constitute a "total nightmare" for the news division, which is separate from the entertainment division.
But perhaps the most significant criticism has come from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who has vowed to block both NBC and MSNBC from broadcasting any of the 2016 Republican presidential debates if NBC goes ahead with what he called "an extended commercial for Secretary Clinton’s nascent campaign."