Producers of 'The Kennedys' finally get a U.S. outlet on ReelzChannel
The eight-hour miniseries about the life and loves of President John F. Kennedy (Greg Kinnear) and his storied family is headed to ReelzChannel, the Albuquerque-based digital outlet available in about 60 million U.S. homes.
"The Kennedys," which cost an estimated $30 million, was pushed into the TV marketplace after History, the cable outlet that helped finance the miniseries, decided last month not to air the project in the U.S. Historians who advised the producers raised qualms about its accuracy. Surviving members of the political dynasty - including Caroline Kennedy, the president's daughter - are believed to have pressured the network not to run the miniseries.
Last week, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the president's nephew, told Access Hollywood: "I don’t think that — in any case, whoever it’s about — that we should be teaching history to Americans that is not true."
The producers say they are satisfied with the project's accuracy.
"The Kennedys" is due to premiere on Reelz on April 3. News of the Reelz deal first appeared on The Hollywood Reporter's website.
-- Scott Collins
Photo: Greg Kinnear, center, as President Kennedy in "The Kennedys." Credit: Muse Entertainment