History Greenlights Scripted Series On Bill Clinton Impeachment

History will examine the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in a new scripted series The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton, the network said Thursday 

The six-part series, based on New York Times correspondent Peter Baker’s bestseller, The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton, will provide an intimate, riveting depiction of how one of the nation’s biggest political scandals unfolded – from the revelation that President Clinton was having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, through the political combat that saw Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Prosecutor Ken Starr, Congressman Bob Livingston and many others dominating the national headlines, according to History.

The limited series will be executive produced and directed by Emmy Award winner R.J. Cutler and produced by FremantleMedia North America. Casting is currently underway, according to History. Cutler's credits include being a producer of The War Room and he directed A Perfect Candidate and The World According to Dick Cheney, per History.

“Featuring an array of well-known modern political figures, The Breach will bring audiences behind the scenes of an event that changed Washington forever – the first impeachment of an elected president in American history,” according to Eli Lehrer, executive vice president of programming for History in a statement. “This drama builds upon our core scripted programming slate of compelling, contemporary storytelling that embraces our recent history and we are confident R.J. will bring a unique vision to President Clinton’s gripping story.”

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