January 13th, 2011
05:10 PM ET
The Kennedys may be beloved in America, but "The Kennedys" miniseries? Not so much. Showtime is the latest network to take a pass on the controversial eight-part movie.
“Although 'The Kennedys' is well-produced, well-acted, and a quality piece of work, it doesn’t fit the Showtime programming brand,” a network rep tells the Hollywood Reporter.
As Marquee previously reported, "The Kennedys" — which stars Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy and explores the relationship between John F. Kennedy (Greg Kinnear), his brother Robert (Barry Pepper), and their father, Joe (Tom Wilkinson) — was to air on the History Channel this spring but was yanked by the Arts & Entertainment Television Network last week.
"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," an AETN rep said in a statement. "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."
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the miniseries — which will air in Canada and internationally — will continue to be shopped around to other U.S. networks but may have a tough road ahead. HBO has its own Kennedys movie in development, and the networks owned by Walt Disney, NBC Universal and Hearst — the three owners of the Arts & Entertainment Television Network, which pulled "The Kennedys" in the first place — are unlikely to take it on.
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