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Jon Cassar Sets the Record Straight About 'The Kennedys'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Apr 12th 2011 1:00PM


Jon Cassar, director and producer of seasons 1–7 of '24,' took on a new beast when he wrangled the miniseries 'The Kennedys' onto prime time as director. Inherently contentious and polarizing, documenting the Kennedy family for TV was bound to be a button-pusher and divider of critics. 'The Kennedys' did just that; TV pundits fall on one side of the fence or the other, and viewers either love it or hate it.

AOL Television caught up with Cassar to set the record straight about numerous rumors dogging the production and presentation of 'The Kennedys,' from the allegedly doctored viewer numbers to why the History Channel pulled out at the last minute.

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'The Kennedys': The Accent Strikes Back

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 4th 2011 8:30PM


By now, you've probably heard a lot of things about the miniseries 'The Kennedys.' You've likely heard that's it's wildly inaccurate and that's why History Channel dropped it. Or maybe you've heard it spun the other way -- that it's too close to the bone, and the remaining Kennedys fought the production. You're probably aware that Katie Holmes plays the legendary Jackie O. and does a terrible job. If you've been following it very closely, you may also be aware that the series was produced by a conservative (Joel Surnow, '24') and a whole bunch of spin has been applied to that angle too.

All of these things are true, but none of them get the heart of what makes 'The Kennedys' so deliciously bad.

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Katie Holmes to Play Jacqueline Kennedy in New Miniseries

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 28th 2010 5:14PM
Katie HolmesKatie Holmes will return to the small screen to portray one of the most iconic women in American history.

According to Variety, Holmes, who rose to fame on the WB teen drama 'Dawson's Creek,' has been cast as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 'The Kennedys,' an eight-hour miniseries set to air on History in 2011.

Also joining the cast: Greg Kinnear ('As Good as it Gets,' 'Little Miss Sunshine'), as President John F. Kennedy, Barry Pepper, as Senator Robert Kennedy, and two-time Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson ('In the Bedroom,' "Michael Clayton'), who will play their father, Joe Kennedy Sr.

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Winona Ryder, Barry Pepper to Star in Hallmark's 'The Lois Wilson Story'

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 11th 2009 4:00PM
Winona RyderWant to avoid going straight to cable? Go straight to network. Winona Ryder's movie career has been up and down (high: 'Star Trek'; low: 'The Informers'), so the actress has signed with CBS's Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise.

Variety reports she'll star in an Emmy-friendly tale of riches to rags to redemption called "When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story." Ryder will play the wife of "Bill W." -- the legendary co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (played by Barry Pepper). Mrs. Wilson was also a formidable figure in the annals of recovery, having founded Al-Anon in the 1950s.

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