History Channel Mysteriously Cancels The Kennedys; Miniseries May Land On Showtime

A&E Television Networks revealed on Friday that it has decided not to air The Kennedys, an eight-part miniseries starring Greg Kinnear as JFK, Katie Holmes as wife Jackie, Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy, and Tom Wilkinson as Joseph Kennedy.

“While the film is produced and acted with the highest quality, after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand,” the network said in a statement cited by The Hollywood Reporter.

Why the surprise snub, after production had been completed of a script that went through several rewrites? While A&E Television Networks told THR the series’ historical accuracy didn’t meet History’s rigorous standards, Deadline hears that the move came “under political pressure from the Kennedy family who were not comfortable with the project coming out in the year of the 50th anniversary of Camelot.”

Will The Kennedys ever see the light of day? Probably. As happened with The Reagans, a presidential bioseries developed for CBS in 2003, Showtime is being given the option of premiering The Kennedys, says Deadline..

Kennedys co-producers Muse Entertainment and Asylum Entertainment said in a statement, “We are proud of the work all of our talent … and the painstaking efforts that went into creating a drama that is compelling while rich in historic detail. Although we regret this does not fit into the History Channel’s plans, we are confident that television viewers [will have] an opportunity to watch this series in the near future.”

Watch a teaser trailer for The Kennedys, obtained by Deadline: