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October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Only hours after CNN announced that it was scrapping plans to produce a documentary about Hillary Clinton, NBC followed in step by announcing that it was pulling the plug on a dramatic miniseries about the former First Lady and secretary of state. The four-hour drama was to have starred Diane Lane as Clinton. The two planned programs had been denounced by GOP leaders, who accused CNN and NBC of bias and threatened to refuse to participate in any presidential debate hosted by either network. In its statement, NBC gave no reason for its decision to cancel the miniseries, simply stating that “after reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie and miniseries development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries.” Republican National Committee spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski refused to say whether Republican presidential candidates would now agree to appear on CNN and NBC next fall. “The timing, frequency, moderators and venues will all be part of a new debate model that will come in the next few months,” she said. “Any media organization looking to be part of the debate process will have to comply with the new system.”