“The Kennedys” May Find New Life On DirecTV
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DirecTV is in talks to pick up The Kennedys.
After Greg Kinnear Katie Holmes worked on the eight-part miniseries for a fair chunk of last year, The History Channel announced earlier this month that it will not air the broadcast in the US.
“Although ‘The Kennedys’ is well-produced, well-acted and a quality piece of work, it doesn’t fit the Showtime programing brand,” a rep for the network told The Hollywood Reporter at the time.
A&E, History’s parent network, reportedly bowed to pressure from JFK and Jackie’s daughter Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and her cousin Maria Shriver to cancel its broadcast. The production will still screen outside the US.
Networks including Showtime, FX, Starz and HBO have also ruled out broadcasting the program. New reports, however, now claim that DirecTV has entered talks to host the eight-part series on its 101 Network. The channel has previously saved critically-acclaimed but ratings-challenged shows, including Friday Night Lights and Damages.