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Starz, FX Pass on 'Kennedys' Miniseries, Former 'Big Brother' Contestants Face Prison Time and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 11th 2011 3:00PM
The KennedysHistory's ousted 'The Kennedys' miniseries continues to look for a home: Starz and FX have passed on airing the series.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, with Starz and FX out of the running, there are very few options for the controversial project. Disney and NBC Universal executives reportedly had a role in having the series yanked, so their networks are out.

HBO is working on its own project on the Kennedy legacy, leaving Showtime as one of the last cable networks that could save the project. Another possibility is releasing the series directly to DVD. Given the buzz around it, sales and/or ratings will probably be high.

"Most of the cable nets are part of huge media companies, so they're all subject to the same pressures," Brad Adgate, media buyer and TV analyst for Horizon Media, said. "This might go straight to video."

In other TV news ...

Veteran TV writer Del Reisman has died. Reisman, known for his work on 'Peyton Place,' 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Cagney & Lacey,' was 86. Reisman also served as president of the Writers Guild of America West and co-wrote the film 'The Take.' [Variety]

HBO has passed on 'Doucmental,' the comedy pilot from Justin Theroux, Steve Coogan and Ben Stiller. HBO has also passed on 'Miraculous Year' and 'All Signs of Death.' [Deadline Hollywood]

ABC has ordered a pilot for 'Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23.' The project follows a young woman as she moves to the city and ends up with a partying roommate. [Entertainment Weekly]

'90210' writer Padma Atluri has died. The former 'Men in Trees' writer was 39 when she lost her battle to leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Big Brother 9' Matthew McDonald has pleaded guilty for his role in a drug ring. Both McDonald and 'Big Brother' winner Adam Jasinski face up to 20 years in prison. [E! Online]

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