Just in time for next year's presidential election, TV viewers will also be able to vote for a couple of first ladies. On Thursday, both A&E and CBS announced plans for 2004 biopics on two recent residents of the East Wing. A&E plans a two-hour movie about Hillary Rodham Clinton, while CBS is making a two-part, four-hour miniseries about Nancy Reagan.
The A&E movie will not be based on Senator Clinton's much-hyped new memoir, ''Living History,'' but on Gail Sheehy's bio from a couple years ago, ''Hillary's Choice.'' Producers have already talked with Sharon Stone about starring, the Associated Press reports. The movie would trace the Clintons' White House years and Mrs. Clinton's successful campaign for the Senate, focusing ''on Hillary's quest to fulfill her own high hopes and ambitions as she repeatedly faces humiliating personal setbacks,'' the cable channel said in a statement. As for who would play Bill and Monica, A&E programming president Robert De Bitetto said, ''We're open to suggestions.''
CBS' movie, tentatively titled ''The Reagans,'' will be wider in scope. Based on Carl Sferrazza Anthony's book ''First Ladies: The Saga of the Presidents' Wives and Their Power, 1961-1990,'' the film will follow the couple from their days as actors in Hollywood in the 1940s to the White House, AP reports. For the role of Nancy Reagan, the ''Chicago'' producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are talking to Judy Davis, who won an Emmy as the star of their TV miniseries ''Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.'' No word on who would play Ronald Reagan. Also no word from Barbara Bush, who must be feeling a little left out.