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'The Kennedys' to Air on ReelzChannel April 3

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 1st 2011 2:40PM
The Kennedys'The Kennedys' miniseries will finally be seen on April 3 ... on ReelzChannel.

Never heard of the four-year-old channel? You're not alone.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the controversial miniseries ended its three weeks of limbo with a big financial commitment from Reelz, a Minnesota-based Hubbard Communications property.

"We think it will drive ratings and put a spotlight on this network that has never been on it before," Steve Hubbard, CEO of Hubbard Communications, told the Hollywood Reporter. "We're going to do a full-blown marketing campaign."

Reelz
plans an aggressive marketing campaign that includes in-theater ads, TV commercials and online and print components.

In January, the History channel canceled the miniseries starring Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear.

"Upon completion of the production of 'The Kennedys,' History has decided not to air the eight-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."

Networks such as FX and Showtime considered picking up the project but ultimately passed. Rumors swirled that the Kennedy family had a hand in History's cancellation of the project, but nothing was ever confirmed.

Reelz can be found in more than 60 million homes across cable providers. "One of the benefits of being an independent network is that you can be an independent voice and you don't have to worry about corporate pressure or political pressure," Hubbard said. "This is a project that deserves to be seen."

Head on over to ReelzChannel.com to see if your cable provider carries the network.

Tell us: Will you watch 'The Kennedys'?

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Sam Becerra

In the 60's were history.. I was in H.S. 63. kennedy when down..found myseft in Vietnam 67.. 68 King & B. Kennedy were killed..Who do I blame.. US.. we did it..

February 02 2011 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mustang sallie

yes i will watch.this one is suppose to be more factual

February 02 2011 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
singingjoey

HIP HOP

February 02 2011 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
glammasue

I will watch the show. There have been other shows about this family and those have not been pulled. What happened to freedom of speech??

February 02 2011 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gregao34

Like the Kennedy's or hate em, they sacraficed 1 son in world war 2 and 2 to assasins' bullits.
Show me another family that gave so much. They deserve our respect and thanks.

February 02 2011 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jetcola

Love Reelz.....watch it all the time!

February 02 2011 at 1:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
car17fann

Thats great news,now we will see how corupt the kennedys are!

February 02 2011 at 12:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dar224

I just discovered REELZ or TW just started carrying it - I love it!
Great choice of movies - some indies, some great standbys, Ally McBeal.
Yep, will watch The Kennedys because who hasn't watched the Kennedy's for the last century?

February 02 2011 at 12:21 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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ebersonian1

Leonard Maltin has a couple of great shows on Reelz - the reruns of 3rd Rock from the Sun and Newsradio are priceless! Great channel, hope more people find it and enjoy it.

February 02 2011 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dollarry

The kennedys have a sordid past, however do not forget they lost a son(joe) fighting the nazis, another(jack) almost lost his life fighting the japs. They did not go into the Alabama national guard or get 5 deferments.

February 02 2011 at 11:58 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
celtic4425

don't watch trashy lies....based on fictitious minds, to sell junk

February 02 2011 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Leslie

Actually Mick, the trailer looks awesome. We all know the stories of the Kennedy boys, the actors do a great job. I will watch.

February 02 2011 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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