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Leverage and Lysistrata

The Grand Old Party in action The Grand Old Party in traditional attack mode

Amazing what a little backbone and a few functioning teeth can do:

You know that Hillary Clinton miniseries that has the RNC all up and arms and people at NBC News all worried?

Well it is more than likely not going to hit the air at NBC.

NBC sources tell FTVLive that the NBC suits have figured the Clinton miniseries " just isn't worth it."

Word is that NBC is going to let it quietly go away without saying a word.

NBC does not want to make it look like the RNC or their own news people "got their way," so the project will likely die in the "in development" stage.

One NBC source told FTVLive that the miniseries has gone from a 90% "go" to more like a a 60% "No go."

"They just want it to quietly die before it ever goes into production," said our NBC source.

Now, whatever could have caused that? Or, for that matter, this:

Fox TV Studios, division of 21 Century Fox and a sister company of Fox News, won’t be the producer of NBC’s planned 4-hour miniseries Hillary, about Hillary Clinton, that has Diane Lane attached to star as the former First Lady and Secretary of State. The network and the studio had been in preliminary talks with the two sides far apart, and they were never able to bridge the gap on the deal terms.

For you civilians, to get a big miniseries off the ground, it takes two to tango: a producing entity (in this case, Fox) and a network on which to show it (NBC). Each side chips in some major dough to get the thing made, and away we go. This was the first sign that all was not well in Clintonland:

NBC began to circle the wagons on its Hillary Clinton miniseries this afternoon, hours after the Republican National Committee blocked the network from GOP primary debates, calling the miniseries a Clinton promo. “The Hillary Clinton movie has not been ordered to production, only a script is being written at this time,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said this afternoon in a statement. “It is ‘in development’, the first stage of any television series or movie, many of which never go to production. Speculation, demands, and declarations pertaining to something that isn’t created or produced yet seem premature,” he added. The statement was issued not long after word got out that Fox TV Studio, which had been in early stages of talks to produce the miniseries, would not move ahead with the project about the former First Lady and Secretary of State.

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