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'The Kennedys' Canceled by History Channel, May Go to Cable

January 08, 2011 02:59:51 GMT

A&E Television Networks decided that the eight-part miniseries is not the right fit for the network with rigorous standards, and has reportedly shelved it for a pay cable broadcast.


'The Kennedys' Canceled by History Channel, May Go to Cable
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Those waiting in anticipation for the Spring premiere of "The Kennedys" on History Channel will be disappointed. The miniseries has been canned after A&E Television Networks made a surprising move to cancel the plans to broadcast it because it is "not a fit for the History brand".

"Upon completion of the production of 'The Kennedys', History has decided not to air the 8-part miniseries on the network," a rep for the network tells THR in a statement. "While the film is produced and acted with the highest quality, after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand."

The project cost multi-million dollar, thus is the network's most expensive program ever. However, the content and accuracy have been disputed since the project was announced back in December 2009. Some Kennedy historians disagreed with the script developed by Joel Surnow and written by Stephen Kronish. John F. Kennedy adviser Theodore Sorenson even called it "vindictive" and "malicious."

History and A&E went on revising the script and had the final version vetted by experts. The production moved on with Greg Kinnear portraying John F. Kennedy and Katie Holmes as Jackie O, and was completed last year. But the final viewing showed that it was not considered historically accurate enough for the network's rigorous standards.

"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," a rep tells THR.

On the brighter side, the miniseries is still scheduled to air in Canada on March 6 and internationally on a later date. There is a possibility that A&E would sell it to a pay cable channel for the U.S. broadcast, a similar move picked to air "The Reagans" which was was supposed to air on CBS in 2003 but was scrapped and later showed up on Showtime.

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posted by gdaddy on Jan 11, 2011
I commend The History Channel for not airing The Kennedy's.The Kenndy's story,while I have nothing but intellectual respect for Jack and Bobby will never be true,unless the truth be told.It wasn't Lee Harvey Oswald that killed the President.It was the powers that be!Marilyn Monroe was killed with the help of Peter Lawford and Robert Kennedy and of course the Mafia,by an anally inserted drug overdose.Joe Kennedy was not only a bootlegger but a drug smuggler!The Mafia,The C.I.A.,and the Bilderbergs. decided Jack was getting to big for his britches,when he decided against the Military in dealing with the Cuban Missle Crisi and the The Bay of Pigs Invasion.The History channel is absolutely right in not airing an history that is not true to facts,Bravo to the History channel!
posted by Anonymous on Jan 08, 2011
The cancellation is good news for the USA. Too bad for Canada that they have to endure Katie's bad acting...
posted by village smithy on Jan 08, 2011
Is it because they told the true story of how the Kennedys came to power? "Murderin' Joe" Kennedy was a bootlegger and was a ruthless man. Perhaps the series was considered "unfit" because they told the inside story of the Kennedy brothers; womanizing in the White House? Hmmmm

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