History Channel Cancels Controversial ‘Kennedys’ Miniseries
It seems as if the curse of Camelot continues.
“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 told 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 expensive, high-profile production was scheduled to air this spring on the History Channel. The project has been mired in controversy from the start, most notably in a scathing New York Times article from 2009, in which former Kennedy adviser Theodore Sorenson called the script “vindictive” and “malicious.”
Produced by Joel Surnow (the creator of “24″), the eight-part miniseries stars Greg Kinnear as JFK, Katie Holmes as Jackie O, Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy, and Tom Wilkinson as patriarch Joe Kennedy. The cast and producers were informed Friday of the network’s decision to cancel its plans to air “The Kennedys.”
THR adds that producers may seek out opportunities to bring the project to a pay cable channel. The series is still scheduled to air in Canada on March 6, as well as internationally.
“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,” the rep added.