A while back we reported that The History Channel was gearing up to take its first step into scripted television. The cable network was preparing to air a big-budget mini-series entitled, The Kennedys, which centers on the politically charged title characters. Over the weekend it was announced that the network has no intention of airing the series even though its wrapped production.
According to the THR, the History Channel released a statement on Friday saying, the “dramatic interpretation” of the Kennedys’ story “is not a fit for the History brand.” Here’s the complete explanation below:
“Upon completion of the production of The Kennedys, History has decided not to air the 8-part miniseries on the network. 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.”
Apparently, THC prides itself on accuracy and this film might have taken too much creative license for their taste. Even though the network saw the final draft of the script, they felt that the movie didn’t have enough historical truth, which we can understand being a problem. They are called The History Channel for a reason.
The producers of the film are currently trying to shop it to other networks. The Kennedys is still scheduled to air in Canada on March 6, and will still be broadcast internationally. The film stars Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy, Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy, and Tom Wilkinson as the family patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy, and Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy.
What do you think of The History Channel’s decision to scrap the movie? Who should pick it up?