Yesterday it was announced that the History Channel wasn’t going to be airing the miniseries based on the Kennedy family. “Upon completion of the production of The Kennedys, The History Channel has decided not to air the 8-part miniseries on the network,” a rep for the network told The Hollywood Reporter 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.” But shows about pawn shops are?
The multi-million dollar project has been surrounded by controversy since it was announced in December of 2009. No advertisers had registered complaints or concerns with the miniseries, confirms an A&E spokesperson, but the content 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.” The miniseries is still scheduled to air in Canada on March 6, and will still be broadcast internationally. Producers of the miniseries will probably try to take it to a pay cable network.
So, what really happened? No complaints from advertisers, it’s already finished and a lot of money was put into it. Katie Holmes recently gushed about playing Jackie Kennedy in this month’s Elle magazine, maybe she jinxed it! I was interested in seeing Gred Kinnear as JFK, but maybe there wasn’t enough interest in the movie all together. There were complaints from historians and Kennedy advisers and friends about the content, so is that why it was canceled?
The folks over at Deadline put things into perspective, “The stunning cancellation, which was done after the mini had been completed, was done under political pressure from the Kennedy family who were not comfortable with the project coming out in the year of the 50th anniversary of Camelot.”
Well, there you go.