A&E Television Networks has canceled plans to air The Kennedys, a miniseries about the American political family starring Katie Holmes (as Jacqueline Kennedy) and Greg Kinnear (as John F. Kennedy). The show was set to premiere on the History Channel in the spring, but it was announced Friday that they will not be airing it in the United States.
“Upon completion of the production of The Kennedys, History has decided not to air the 8-part miniseries on the network,” a rep for A&E Television Networks tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “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.”
The Kennedy’s, a multi-million dollar project, is the network’s most expensive program ever. It stirred up a lot of controversy before taping even began, with former John F. Kennedy adviser Theodore Sorenson calling an early version of the script “vindictive” and “malicious.”
The show has ultimately been pulled because the content was not considered historically accurate enough for the network’s standards.
“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,” the statement from a network rep said.
The Kennedys is still expected to be broadcast internationally.