Kennedys Kill Miniseries: What Are They Hiding?

Kim Conte
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katie holmes kennedysWe learned earlier this week that the History Channel killed the much anticipated The Kennedys miniseries starring Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear, and Tom Wilkinson. Later it came out that certain members of the real Kennedy clan -- Caroline Kennedy (JFK's daughter) and Maria Shriver (a Kennedy relative) have been specifically named -- may have played a significant role in getting the series cancelled.

That not one but two Kennedy family members pressured the channel to yank the program only begs the question: What exactly is it that they don't want us to see?

Or perhaps there is an even better question -- especially now that both Starz and FX have also passed on the project: Just what is so controversial about the series?

Here's what we do know: former JFK advisers including Theodore Sorenson called an initial version of the script "vindictive" and "malicious." The final version was said to have been vetted for accuracy by History's in-house historians. However, early this week, the network issued the following statement:

Upon completion of the production of 'The Kennedys,' History has decided not to air the eight-part miniseries ... 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.

This is where the two Kennedy family members allegedly played a role: Sources say Caroline Kennedy lobbied Anne Sweeney -- who is co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group and sits on the board of A&E Television Networks, the parent company of History. She threatened not to promote her upcoming book on unreleased interviews with the late Jackie Kennedy on Disney/ABC's Good Morning America if History ran the program.

Maria Shriver is also said to have complained about it to Sweeney ... and the rest, as they say, is, ahem, history.

Some industry experts are still hopeful that the public will still have a chance to see the series: Showtime is considering the series and, should it pass, it's still scheduled for international broadcast, airing in Canada on March 6.

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