After having set aside nearly $20m for advertising, The History Channel has announced that it will not air its controversial new miniseries, “The Kennedys.” The project had a star-studded cast including Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear, but had received harsh criticism because it was reportedly highly critical of Kennedy’s legacy as president.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, a rep for THC said:
While the film is produced and acted with the highest quality, after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand.
Um, OK. So, like, did they not read the script before production started? Because usually you’re supposed to do that. You know, when you’re paying out the nose for something. . .
And, like, isn’t this the same channel that shows “Pawn Stars” and “How Bruce Lee Changed the World”? Those aren’t exactly the most deep or profound shows on earth. Does “Storage Wars” (which I’m gonna assume is a show about. . . storage wars. WTF) have some kind of historical context I’m not aware of? What exactly is The History Channel brand?
Am I alone here? Doesn’t it seem bonkers to pay all that money for a show and then just. . . cancel it? Were you excited for “The Kennedys?” Will you watch it on another network? Let me know in the comments! xoxo