'The Kennedys' a no-go on Showtime
January 13th, 2011
05:10 PM ET

'The Kennedys' a no-go on Showtime

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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  1. Mickie

    So sad, Katie Holmes stepford wife of Tom Cruse portrayal of the most beautiful women in the world will not be shown on the History Channel. Jackie Bouvier Kennedy is far to classy a women to have part of the Hollywood so so destroy her persona.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eric

    I think this sounds awesome! Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper both are awesome actors and i'm sure they'd do a really good job. Hope someone picks it up.

    January 14, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Genevieve Braddock

    The Tudors... Henry the 8th... Six wives... Spell check next time, bub.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    The Tutors? Was that about a bunch of teacher mentoring students one-on-one?

    January 14, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Holly Golightly

    cheefsfury is smart

    January 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cheefsfury

    UM... ISNT THIS THE SAME CHANNEL THAT BROUGHT US THE TUTORS

    January 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |

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