Showtime passes on 'The Kennedys'
Image Credit: Splash NewsWell, that’s that: Showtime has apparently decided not to buy The Kennedys, the eight-part miniseries-cum-hot potato that was dropped by The History Channel last week. Now it’s anyone’s guess where the movie from the Canadian-based Muse Entertainment ends up, though an exec told the New York Times that “there has been interest expressed by several networks.” Gee, wonder who? HBO is out: The network already has a Kennedy project in development from Playtone and Bill Paxton; it’s an adaptation of Vincent Bugliosi’s tome Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Starz hasn’t been approached, and it would be wrong to assume that History would try to hand off the project to one of its sister nets. Though History has shared programming before with other nets under the A&E Networks banner (Lifetime, for example, runs repeats of the hit Pawn Stars), it can’t do that with The Kennedys because it doesn’t own it. Stay tuned, I guess.
Meanwhile, the miniseries’ Canadian director told the Canadian Press newswire service that “the actual product takes no political stance one way or the other” and that allies of the Kennedy family were likely behind the decision by the A&E Television Networks’ channel to cancel the project that starred Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes. It was created by 24 co-creator Joel Surnow. “I doubt they’ve even seen it,” Jon Cassar told the publication. “They were objecting to it before it started. They were objecting to the idea of it.”