ReelzChannel to air ‘The Kennedys’
London: ‘The Kennedys’ miniseries has found a home on a US cable TV station after it was axed from the History Channel under a cloud of controversy.
The series, starring Greg Kinnear as JKF and Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy, would begin its run beginning April 3 on fledgling network ReelzChannel, reports the Daily Mail.
The History Channel, which produced the 8-part miniseries, a portrait of the Kennedy family, dumped the show last month, stating that it was ‘not a fit for the History brand’.
The real-life Kennedy family and associates were said to be unhappy about the series, claiming its scripts were inaccurate and overly critical.
Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of JFK and Jackie, reportedly led the bid to axe the series.
The move came after a leaked script was described as ‘vindictive’ and ‘malicious’ by former Kennedy aide Theodore Sorensen.
The series is said to touch on the former president’s infidelities and the strain in his marriage.
But the script was later revised and was vetted by prominent historians for accuracy.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the deal for a book revealing previously unheard interviews with Jackie Kennedy could have been in jeopardy if ‘The Kennedys’ had been screened as originally planned.
The book is due to be published on the 50th anniversary of the first year of JFK’s presidency this autumn.
The series will be broadcast in Canada on March 6 and will air in other foreign countries.