NBC Executive Would Like to Do a Televised Hamilton

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Liked "The Wiz"? Looking forward to "Hairspray"? A prominent NBC executive told reporters Jan. 14 that what he'd really like to do is a TV version of the Broadway smash Hamilton. Just not right away.

Appearing at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, CA, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt was quoted by E! as saying his network would be open to putting the show on the small screen. "I'm friendly and close with all those producers and the creative team, and I think sure, we'd love to be able to film Hamilton in some capacity but I think it would be years before they even look at a movie or any kind of film version of that show."

The cast of <i>Hamilton</i>
The cast of Hamilton Photo by Joan Marcus

Greenblatt, who revealed that he is an investor in Hamilton, added, "It's a thrilling theatrical experience. I think it'd be a thrilling movie or television experience, and yeah, I'd love to. I think it's unrealistic for a decade or so, but check back with me then."

Greenblatt also said that he played a key role in one part of the musical's casting. He told Variety at the press tour that Leslie Odom, Jr., who plays Hamilton's friend/nemesis Aaron Burr, was signed to appear in the NBC drama pilot "State of Affairs." Unfortunately, he had also taken part in a reading of Hamilton, and both projects started to jell at the same time.

Greenblatt said Odom, Jr. asked to be released from his contract for the TV show and, since he was familiar with his work on "Smash" and other projects, agreed to let him join the stage musical.

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