The Kennedys is a prime example of a lot of hard work gone to waste. The big budget miniseries was supposed to air on The History Channel, to mark its first entry into scripted television but after watching the finished product the network decided against it. Apparently, the film doesn’t meet their standards of historical accuracy. There were rumors that the made for TV movie was being packaged and pitched to other networks such as Showtime, who has a history of picking up renegade features but according to EW, they don’t want it either.
There are reports that many networks want to air The Kennedys but a deal has yet to be made. Who are these people, and when will they step forward? Showtime has officially declined to pick up the project, HBO is out because they’ve already got a developing Kennedy flick in the works, and so far Starz hasn’t been approached. This has turned into one big network game of hot potato.
The producers of the film are currently trying to shop it to other outlets to see what they can come up with. 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.
Who do you think should save The Kennedys from a life on the shelf?