CBS Orders Fictional Female Secretary of State Series from Morgan Freeman & Barbara Hall
NBC and CNN have waded into steamy political waters lately, announcing their plans for a Hillary Clinton miniseries and feature documentary, respectively. The pick-ups came with heavy threats from the GOP, who threatened to pull all Republican nominee debates in 2016 from both. As of today, another network has entered the Clinton ring - unofficially.
CBS has put their own project inspired by the former First Lady into development from Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and Barbara Hall, according to Deadline. To dodge any potential backlash, however, the drama will follow a fictionalized female Secretary of State - ala the 2012 Sigourney Weaver-led miniseries POLITICAL ANIMALS.
The project, titled MADAME SECRETARY, "explores the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life."
Hall will pen the script and produce, alongside Freeman's Revelations Entertainment.
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As previously reported, NBC is still seeking out a producer for their own miniseries, set to star Diane Lane, after negotiations with Fox TV Studios fell through.
NBC's go at recounting the life of Clinton will reportedy not include the Monica Lewinsky Scandal that rocked the second term of Hillary's husband, former President Bill Clinton. As BWW previously reported, the series will feature Clinton's successful 2000 Senate race, her loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 primaries, her time as secretary of state and her role in the Benghazi debacle.