Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Controversial Kennedy Miniseries

The History Channel has decided to pull The Kennedys after the network deemed the documentary 8-part miniseries “not a fit”. The series was originally set to air this spring, and starred Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy and Greg Kinnear as President John F. Kennedy.

"The Kennedys" explores the relationship between John F. Kennedy (Greg Kinnear), his brother Robert Kennedy (Barry Pepper), and their father Joe (Tom Wilkinson). Katie Holmes, who plays Jacqueline Kennedy, recently gushed about the film to Elle magazine.

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As The Hollywood Reporter first reported, the eight-part miniseries, starring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes and masterminded by conservative 24 co-creator Joel Surnow, was abruptly yanked from the History schedule Jan. 7 before a planned airdate in the spring. In a statement to THR, a rep for History parent A&E Television Networks said that "after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand."

JFK - A Presidency Revealed (History Channel)The Hollywood Reporter has a statement from The History Channel about the decision not to air The Kennedys:
We recognize historical fiction is an important medium for storytelling and commend all the hard work and passion that has gone into the making of the series, but ultimately deem this as the right programming decision for our network.

AETN is owned by a consortium including the Walt Disney Co., NBC Universal and Hearst.

The source said that Disney/ABC Television Group topper Anne Sweeney, who serves on the AETN board and is said to hold tremendous sway over its decisions, was personally lobbied by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy. Caroline Kennedy has a book deal with Disney's Hyperion publishing division, which announced in April 2010 that it will publish a collection of previously unreleased interviews with the late Jackie Kennedy timed to the 50th anniversary of the first year of JFK's presidency this fall.

Nonetheless, the show’s producers have expressed optimism that their series will be seen by American audiences sometime this year.

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