A Watergate TV series is in development at ABC, about the scandal that took down a U.S. President. Deadline says this event series will be told from the perspective of Nixon’s White House Counsel, John Dean.
Written by Jon Maas (The Last Debate), the series takes place amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s and is told through the eyes of John Dean, then-White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon. It’s described as a Faustian cautionary thriller about a man who thinks he’s getting the job of a lifetime as he walks into the Oval Office — only to discover that it’s a snake pit and he’s being set up to be the fall guy for the most powerful man in the country, if not the world. The series follows Dean as he risks everything to fight back.
Dean’s 2014 book The Nixon Defense: What He Knew And When He Knew It, is used as source material for the series, along with The Women Of Watergate by Alden Duer Cohen and The System, a treatment by Jason Grote. Dean and Grote serve as consulting producers on the series. Maas executive produces with Bob Cooper of Storyscape Entertainment (formerly Landscape Entertainment), Dan Halsted, Eric Hamburg and Jeff Field. EOne is distributing internationally.
What do you think? Are you interested in this new Watergate TV show? Who do you think should be cast as Nixon and Dean?