History Channel Cancels “The Kennedys”
“The Kennedys,” an expensive 8-part miniseries about the famous American political family, will not be airing on History after all.
History owner A&E Television Networks told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday that it would not be showing the star-studded miniseries on the channel as the ambitious project does not fit the History brand. “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 rep said in a statement.
“The Kennedys,” the network’s most expensive project yet, has already been completed and was supposed to air in the spring. Despite the unexpected setback, all is not lost yet for the miniseries, which has been criticized by former John F. Kennedy adviser Theodore Sorenson as “vindictive” and “malicious.”
According to THR, the miniseries, which stars Greg Kinnear as JFK and Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy, will still be shown in Canada starting March 6. “The Kennedys” will also be shown internationally, leaving U.S. viewers as the ones who might not see the series unless producers bring it to cable.