History Channels Pulls Plug on ‘The Kennedys’

The History Channel has decided not to air its fully completed multi-million dollar miniseries The Kennedys that stars Katie Holmes as Jackie O and Greg Kinnear as the late US President, saying that A&E Network heads believe the finished product’s “dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand.”

“Upon completion of the production of The Kennedys, History has decided not to air the 8-part miniseries on the network,” a rep revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. “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. 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 series has faced adversity since its creation in late 2009. Last February, a former JFK adviser labeled an early version of its script “vindictive” and “malicious,” although the final version’s facts were later verified by History channel experts.

The Kennedys is the History Channel’s most expensive show to date, largely due to the talented cast it attracted. Holmes and Kinnear were notified this afternoon that the show would not air as planned. However, Canadian fans of The Kennedys will still get to watch starting on March 6, as well as all previously planned international audiences.

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