8:45 pm - 02/05/2011

'The Kennedys' miniseries to air on ReelzChannel

And the Kennedy saga lives on.

After a few weeks of back-and-forth speculation, "The Kennedys" will finally settle into its new cable home on ReelzChannel for an April 3 premiere date, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The epic eight-part miniseries, which chronicles the life and times of late president John F. Kennedy and wife Jackie, was originally set to air on The History Channel early January, but parent company A&E ultimately pulled the plug after the show sparked an outcry from the Kennedy camp. . .

Former Kennedy adviser Theodore Sorensen told The New York Times that the show was "vindictive" and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the president's nephew, spoke with Access Hollywood last week, stating: "I don't think that - in any case, whoever it's about - that we should be teaching history to Americans that is not true."

Maria Shriver
, the former first lady of California and daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, JFK's younger sister, reportedly put pressure on friends at NBC and Disney/ABC to shelve the $30 million miniseries.

And it worked, at least for a while.

A&E Television Networks released a statement several weeks ago, saying that "after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand."

The series, which would have been The History Channel's first scripted series, was dubbed inaccurate by critics and "historical fiction" by the network.

Following the History fallout, the producers for the project tried to strike a deal with Showtime, Starz and FX, all of whom passed on the show. Showtime CEO Matt Blank, however, reached out to friend Stan Hubbard, the CEO of ReelzChannel, a 4-year-old independent cable channel broadcasting to 60 million homes nationwide.

And just like that, "The Kennedys" had a home.

"We think it will drive ratings and put a spotlight on this network that has never been on it before," Hubbard told the Hollywood Reporter. "We're going to do a full-blown marketing campaign."

"One of the benefits of being an independent network is that you can be an independent voice and you don't have to worry about coporate pressure or political pressure," he added. "This is a project that deserves to be seen."

"The Kennedys" will air its first two parts on April 3, and ReelzChannel plans to air each successive episode throughout that week.
Big name players like Katie Holmes (Jackie Kennedy), Greg Kinnear (John F. Kennedy), Barry Pepper (Robert F. Kennedy) and Tom Wilkinson (Joe Kennedy) fill out the cast.

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celebratty 6th-Feb-2011 02:02 am (UTC)
Already posted?
alaynestone 6th-Feb-2011 02:02 am (UTC)
golden_goddess 6th-Feb-2011 02:10 am (UTC)
yeah I saw that it had been posted but had been taken down, *shrug*
croutonochrist 6th-Feb-2011 02:16 am (UTC)
LOL your icon. Lea Michele's shameless mugging made the Golden Globes so awesome.
pepe_lepuck 6th-Feb-2011 02:02 am (UTC)

ReelzChannel? Ouch. Better than nothing though......right? Lmao

alaynestone 6th-Feb-2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Idk, Vida. ReelzChannel is scraping the barrel. Lol.
ljubavirakija ReelzChannel?6th-Feb-2011 02:02 am (UTC)
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runningwild 6th-Feb-2011 02:04 am (UTC)
scabiorr 6th-Feb-2011 02:04 am (UTC)
I've never heard of this 'ReelzChannel' before.
venetianglass 6th-Feb-2011 02:53 am (UTC)
I only have because Leonard Maltin talks about it before every movie I go & see.
whitegirlthin 6th-Feb-2011 02:07 am (UTC)
whitegirlthin 6th-Feb-2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Reelz Channel? Never heard of it before
mammary_glands 6th-Feb-2011 02:07 am (UTC)
um how do i find out what channel this channel is even on
whitegirlthin 6th-Feb-2011 02:08 am (UTC)
if u have digital cable, go to ur guide and search for 'reelz channel' :)
mammary_glands 6th-Feb-2011 02:41 am (UTC)
lol thanks
morewhimsy 6th-Feb-2011 02:07 am (UTC)
wtf is reelz channel lmao
this_repetition 6th-Feb-2011 02:23 am (UTC)
It's probably like Movieplex.
thetxbelle 6th-Feb-2011 02:07 am (UTC)
What happened to Katie Holmes face in that pic?
valiumaphrodite 6th-Feb-2011 02:08 am (UTC)
It looks like they photoshopped it to make her eyes look wider set.
whitegirlthin 6th-Feb-2011 02:09 am (UTC)
like Jackie Kennedy...

I think ur right =-O
croutonochrist 6th-Feb-2011 02:15 am (UTC)
But aren't her eyes already wide-set?
whitegirlthin 6th-Feb-2011 02:08 am (UTC)
She's melting!
britneys 6th-Feb-2011 02:07 am (UTC)
It'd be less embarrassing to just release it to DVD and move on with it.
heythatsmybike 6th-Feb-2011 03:21 am (UTC)
arwens 6th-Feb-2011 02:09 am (UTC)
randomlythnking 6th-Feb-2011 02:09 am (UTC)
shoulda just opted for the tv guide channel.
whitegirlthin 6th-Feb-2011 02:09 am (UTC)
this_repetition 6th-Feb-2011 02:23 am (UTC)
That would interrupt their random showings of Flavor of Love.
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