NBC delivered its new fall line-up at the Summer Television Critics Association press tour today in Los Angeles, and along with panels for new programs like The Michael J. Fox Show, The Blacklist, and Ironside, Chairman of NBC Entertainment also announced the orders for four new mini or otherwise limited “event series.”
“We need to be in the event business, which I think every network will tell you this week,” Greenblatt addressed critics, LA TV Insider Examiner included.
NBC already has such things with football, the Olympics, and even The Voice, but now they are expanding into the scripted event series, which Greenblatt noted was harder to do. So how do you eliminate some of the risk? You rely on big names and big brands.
Of course, taking on The Bible “sequel” is one way to do that, but additionally, NBC is tackling a four-part Hillary Clinton mini-series (starring Diane Lane in the title role with Bill Clinton still to be cast); an updated “resetting” of Rosemary’s Baby; a new version of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers; and the tentatively-titled Plymouth from Mark Burnett.
From the network:
The four-hour miniseries titled Hillary, based on the life of former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, stars Lane and will be written and directed by Oscar nominee Courtney Hunt. 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.
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 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 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. Oscar and Emmy winner Walon Green will write.
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