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NBC cancels Hillary Clinton project after CNN does the same

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NBC is dropping plans for a miniseries based on former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the network announced Monday, avoiding a showdown with the Republican Party.

“After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/miniseries development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries,” the network said.

It's the second Clinton-inspired project to hit the chopping block in less than 24 hours. CNN announced it had scrapped a planned documentary on Clinton after its director, Charles Ferguson, penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post on Monday announcing he had stepped away from the film.

Both networks ultimately sidestepped a threat from the Republican National Committee and Chairman Reince Priebus to shut them out of 2016 presidential debates if they went ahead with their Clinton projects.

From its Twitter account, the RNC messaged supporters "You did it!" with a link to the news.

In his column, Ferguson said the RNC wasn't the driving factor in his decision to quit making the Clinton documentary. He said he hoped the film would be "ambitious, controversial, and highly visible" but had difficulty finding sources — Republicans and Democrats — willing to talk on camera about her, and Clinton's handlers would not allow her to be interviewed for it. Ferguson insisted the film would have been a critical look at the former first family, and not a glorified campaign ad, as Republicans had surmised.

NBC announced its plans for a miniseries in July and slated Academy Award nominee Diane Lane to star as Clinton throughout her personal life and political career.

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