With cable television taking more chances with edgy content,
Responding to a question at the semi-annual Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills about the violence and darkness in NBC's new drama
"Hannibal," based on the
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, who previously headed programming for the pay cable channel Showtime, added that it was tougher for broadcast networks to get some producers and writers to bring daring projects there.
"The bastard child is now broadcast television," Greenblatt said, while cable is "this shiny new bulb."
Noting that broadcast networks produce far more original comedies and dramas than the typical cable channel, Greenblatt added, "if we could put on one show a year, it'd be the best show we ever saw."
NBC also unveiled plans for several mini-series and event programs including a four-hour mini-series about
Greenblatt said that while the Clinton mini-series does not have an air date yet or even a script, he thought it would probably be broadcast well before she would publicly announce her candidacy.
Still, the project will likely generate a lot of controversy if it is seen as being too soft or too hard. Greenblatt said he didn't think Clinton would "endorse" the movie.
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