Image Credit: Splash NewsThe History Channel announced that it would not broadcast the eight-part miniseries The Kennedys. “While the film is produced and acted with the highest quality,” said a network rep in a statement, “after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand. 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 Hollywood Reporter first reported the story.)
The production — which stars Greg Kinnear (John F. Kennedy), Katie Holmes (Jackie Kennedy), Barry Pepper (Robert F. Kennedy) and Tom Wilkinson (Joe Kennedy) — was developed by Joel Surnow, the co-creator of 24 and a vocal conservative. His involvement, apparently, caused Kennedy loyalists to voice concerns about the production. The Kennedys will still air in Canada in March, and producers will reportedly try to bring the miniseries to a pay cable network. – James Hibberd contributed to this report.