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History Picks Up 'The Kennedys'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 14th 2009 11:02AM
History is about to make, well, history.

The channel, best known for its epic documentaries, will reportedly take a stab at scripted television with an eight-hour miniseries based on the Kennedy family, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

'24''s Joel Surnow will helm 'The Kennedys,' with Stephen Kronish set to pen all eight episodes. Currently, the miniseries is set to air in spring 2011, and will pit the events of the early '60s (among them the Bay of Pigs, the Cubin Missile Crisis) as a backdrop to the more private relationships of the former first family.History is about to make, well, history.

The channel, best known for its epic documentaries, will reportedly take a stab at scripted television with an eight-hour miniseries based on the Kennedy family, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

'24''s Joel Surnow will helm 'The Kennedys,' with Stephen Kronish set to pen all eight episodes. Currently, the miniseries is set to air in spring 2011, and will pit the events of the early '60s (among them the Bay of Pigs, the Cubin Missile Crisis) as a backdrop to the more private relationships of the former first family.

The news comes just one week after the network announced plans for its first reality-competition series, titled 'Top Shot.'

With 'The Kennedys,' History aims to follow in the footsteps of the acclaimed HBO miniseries, 'John Adams', which won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries and the Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Of course, having a cast that includes Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson can only help garner such acclaim. So, getting the right people for the job will be essential for this, not only because it's the network's coming out party for scripted shows, but playing John Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy will no doubt come with a high degree of scrutiny. The Hollywood Reporter says that the channel is taking every precaution in producing something of high historical accuracy, so hopefully the casting directors will be just as meticulous.

Who would you like to see portray JFK? And no matter how dapper he is, don't say Jon Hamm. We need someone new this time, right?

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