Well, this is interesting.
The Clintons are continuing to expand their media empire, with Bill Clinton now set to take charge of a new documentary series about American presidents for the History Channel, according to Deadline.
Clinton “immersed” in show biz
The show, which is being produced by A+E Networks, will follow presidents and the challenges they faced through American history. It all came together after Bill got involved in a program called History Talks with A+E.
Clinton is “really, really involved,” and “immersed” in the undertaking, A+E Networks Group President Paul Buccieri remarked, according to Deadline.
“It was solidified after History Talks, he had a wonderful experience and it’s so gratifying seeing him full[y] immersed in this project as an executive producer. He’s really really involved, breaking the creative, it’s fantastic. It’s quite a personal project for him,” Buccieri said.
It is likely that Clinton will appear in the series, Deadline reported. According to ABC News, the show will air in early 2021 and “explore the history of the American presidency and the struggle for a more perfect union.”
The series would be the latest foray into entertainment for Clinton, who is also reportedly working on a movie version of a book he co-wrote with bestselling fiction author James Patterson, The President is Missing.
Ex-presidents turn to entertainment
Deadline didn’t say if Clinton would talk about his own presidency, but it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t weigh in. As it turns out, Clinton knows a thing or two about the struggles of the presidency.
In a recent documentary about his wife Hillary, Bill Clinton attracted some negative attention for describing the Monica Lewinsky affair as a therapeutic for dealing with the anxieties of running the country, as The Guardian reported. The Clintons talked about the impact the affair had on their marriage in the Hulu series, Hillary.
“Here’s something that will take your mind off it for a while… Things I did to manage my anxieties for years,” Clinton said when describing the infamous scandal that nearly destroyed his presidency, according to The Guardian.
The post-White House careers of the Clintons increasingly reflect that of the Obamas, who inked a deal with Netflix last year. Former First Lady Michelle Obama also recently released a Netflix adaptation of her best-selling memoir, Becoming, Fox News reported.
Indeed, it seems show business is keeping the former first families busy. Both Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama have denied rumors that they may jump into the 2020 fray in an attempt to unseat President Donald Trump — but never say never.