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Monday
Jan102011

History Channel Miniseries 'The Kennedys' Canceled Before It Airs

Photo Courtesy - Brian Killian/WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The highly-publicized miniseries The Kennedys, starring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes, is now itself history. A&E Television Networks has decided not to air the eight-part miniseries on its History cable channel in the spring, as previously scheduled. A rep told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, "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 Hollywood Reporter says members of the Kennedy family had pressured A&E Television Networks, which is owned in part by Disney and NBC Universal, to cancel the miniseries. Specifically, the publication claims, Maria Shriver, the daughter of John F. Kennedy sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver and a former NBC newswoman, told NBC executives she did not approve of the project, which reportedly portrayed the Kennedy family in an unflattering light. The Hollywood Reporter also notes that the miniseries itself contained some historical inaccuracies, and further suggests that Caroline Kennedy’s book deal with a Disney publishing company might have factored into the decision.

The Hollywood Reporter claims The Kennedys, featuring Kinnear as President John F. Kennedy and Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy, may be shopped to other cable channels. It is still scheduled to air in other countries, including in Canada this March.

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