Poor Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear, their biopic miniseries about the Kennedy family, titled The Kennedy’s has been turned down by most major TV networks and now they can add Showtime to that list.
The History Channel, originally slated to air the miniseries announced several days ago that they canceled plans to air the controversial retelling of the family, mostly focusing on JFK and Jackie O.
Last week History Channel execs said the series was “well shot” but was also not a “good fit” for their programming. The miniseries was then pitched and turned down by Starz and FX.
Showtime shooting down the series shouldn’t come as a surprise, in 2004 they ran a miniseries on the Reagans which was met with horrendous reviews and no doubt they wanted to avoid that same fate once again.
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
“Although ‘The Kennedys’ is well-produced, well-acted and a quality piece of work, it doesn’t fit the Showtime programming brand.”
It’s also believed that A&E (parent company to the History Channel) stopped the show from airing amid pressure from the Kennedy family.
Regardless, the series will air in Canada starting on March 6, with international release dates expected to be announced in the future.