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History Channel Cancels 'The Kennedys' Miniseries -- Before It Even Airs

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 7th 2011 11:00PM
The Kennedys promotional posterThe much-anticipated 'Kennedys' miniseries was set to air this spring. That is, until History Channel abruptly canceled it today.

"Upon completion of the production of 'The Kennedys,' History has decided not to air the 8-part miniseries," a rep for the network told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "After viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded that although the film is produced and acted with the highest quality auspices, the dramatic license the series takes is not suitable for the History brand."

That "dramatic license" didn't deter big-name talent from the multi-million dollar production: Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy; Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy; Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy; and Tom Wilkinson as Joe Kennedy. The actors and producer Joel Surnow ('24') were told this afternoon of the cancellation.

The cancellation is not due to any advertiser complaints or concerns, an A&E spokesperson confirmed. It's solely attributed to the content not being considered historically accurate enough by the network.

More details were in the statement: "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 be broadcast internationally. THR has learned that producers might try to bring the miniseries to a pay cable channel for U.S. audiences.

So what do you think: Were you excited to see 'The Kennedys'? Do you think another network will buy and air it now? Sound off in the comments.

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Amnah Khan

I am so glad this pathetic piece of drama, unworthy of being called in any way historical, was not aired. The whole miniseries is constituted of nothing but rumours about the Kennedys. Though this is true that they were not angels, but they were the last best politicians that America saw. Do the American people realise that they are much worse now than ever before?

Had Robert F. Kennedy lived, the wars would have been stopped, something that President Kennedy made a mistake of. But just as a family they looked after each other, Bobby would have gotten into the Oval Office and corrected all his brother's wrongs in foreign and domestic policies.

Why else do you think they were both assassinated by the political and military and intelligence elite, not to mention the mafia? The escapegoats were the Communist and Palestinian sympathisers. To be blamed of America's own faults. Old history, always a fresh by the same tricks never going away.

October 30 2011 at 3:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why would anyone need to take liberties in telling the story of the Kennedys? It's entirely unnecessary because the true story is certainly dramatic enough!

January 10 2011 at 12:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


January 09 2011 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh PLEASE! All that has happened to them is their own doing! Each of them chose the way they behaved and what they did to weasle their way out. Have you forgotten the young, pregnant girl who was left to drown at Chappaquidic? She lived for 40 min. breathing the air in a bubble on the interieor roof. Still feel sorry for the Kennedys? What about Marilyn Monroe? Committed suicide? or Is murder is more like it!!!

January 09 2011 at 5:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Ooooops! Looks like this film had too many facts that the family doesn't want known??? If this film were historically correct, it would have to be shown on a porno cable!

January 09 2011 at 5:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The Kennedy family is still very powerful. They probably didn't want to be aired on the same network that has some cheesy shows(i.e. Axe Men, Top Gear, etc...)


January 09 2011 at 10:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Integity in journalism is always welcome

January 08 2011 at 6:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Leave them in peace.........that family has had enough tragic exposure.......let them be

January 08 2011 at 4:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Haricari's comment

Or is it karma??

January 09 2011 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You are being presumptious to comment on a film you haven't seen. Why not accept what the History channel said..they don't choose to air this... and wait until you get to see it to give your input? As for conspiracy, truth and cover-up, there is usually enough in every town to make up a story that is TV fodder worthy. Why would it surprise anyone that elements of any political family life would be interesting and up to interpretation? Just reading the Kennedy family memoirs tells you they all have their own versions. Anyone remember Nixon, Reagan, Bush/Cheney, FDR, John Edwards? Scandal enough for any TV fan. Gee, even Elvis is controversial these days.

January 08 2011 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to KaMe's comment

excellent reply . most politcos have skeletons in their closets . it doesnt matter what party they belong too. wealth and power can be blinding . maybe it was inacurrate who knows ? i personall y dont care because it will popup some where else and millions who watch it will be lieve it to be factual... thats how history gets distorted..

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