Thursday, January 13, 2011

"The Kennedys" need a new home

The History Channel has decided not to air the eight-part miniseries The Kennedys stating that it is “historical fiction.”

It is a highly publicized miniseries that stars Greg Kinnear as JFK and Katie Holmes at Jackie O.

After viewing the entire production History made a statement to the Hollywood Reporter that the project is well acted and produced but just does not fit the History Channel brand. It was labeled as a “dramatic interpretation” by the network.

The shows producer, Joel Surnow, has conservative political views and the fact that he is chronicling a prominent liberal family raised controversy.

I find this very admirable. To put aside views and produce something beautiful not only to honor a family but a time in history.

Just because the show will not air on History it does not mean that it will not air at all. Canada will get to see it in March and the producers will be shopping around for another network to air it domestically.

I praise the History Channel for staying true to their brand. For only showing material that they deem historical. No one is criticizing this miniseries but rather calling it what it is. I’m sure it will be thoroughly enjoyed when we finally get to view it.