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'The Kennedys' still without U.S. network to air miniseries

January 13, 2011 |  4:30 pm

The producers of "The Kennedys" miniseries are running out of options in their quest to find a U.S. network to air the series.

Word leaked out this week that FX, Starz and Showtime had all passed on the show. The producers are said to be shopping for a deal at AMC and even the HD movie channel start-up Epix, but as of late Thursday nothing seemed close to fruition.

The producer's dilemma started when cable network History decided not to air the four-hour saga of the Kennedy family's rise to political power, after complaints from Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, and former California First Lady Maria Shriver, the late president's niece.

"The Kennedys" stars Greg Kinnear as JFK and Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy.

Most network executives are said to be highly skittish about running the miniseries due to fears that political backlash. The producers have defended the accuracy of the project.

The miniseries, which cost an estimated $30 million to make, was produced by Joel Surnow, a former executive producer of the Fox drama "24."

Canadian broadcaster Shaw Media has committed to air the miniseries in that country sometime early this year.

-- Scott Collins

Photo: A scene from "The Kennedys." Credit: Muse Entertainment