With the U.S. government engrossed in deadlocked debt talks, NBC is lining up Taking the Hill: Inside Congress, an hour-long documentary special showing a day of politicking behind the scenes on Capitol Hill.
According to NBC, seven American presidents over the course of 40 years have granted the channel exclusive access to produce the television specials Inside the White House. However, this doc will represent the net’s first effort exploring Congress.
Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, will host the hour-long ‘Dateline’ documentary, which airs on July 31 at 7 p.m. EST on NBC. “No one has ever taken the Hill quite the way we plan to,” said Williams.
“We are going to flood the zone with cameras and journalists – we intend to chronicle all the moving parts, warts and all, heroes and villains. If it moves, we will see it and record it. There has never been an hour of television like it, and this is a vital time to be on the Hill.”
Mark Lukasiewicz, senior VP of NBC News Specials, added: “For decades presidents have trusted NBC News to give the public a fair window into their lives. We’re honored and excited to now take our cameras inside Congress.
“Thanks to generous cooperation from leaders in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle, Brian and our team of journalists will have extraordinary access to showcase newsmakers and nuance in an honest, in-depth broadcast about the inner workings of the American legislative process.”
Lukasiewicz will exec produce Inside Congress, while Meade Jorgensen is coordinating producer and Subrata De is senior producer. David Corvo is senior exec producer of primetime news, Liz Cole is exec producer of ‘Dateline’ and Steve Capus is president of NBC News.