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DirecTV votes down 'The Kennedys' as producers struggle to sell miniseries

January 21, 2011 |  5:10 pm

Finding a safe haven for "The Kennedys" is proving much tougher than many had imagined.

Word came late Friday that DirecTV was the latest outlet to pass on the four-hour miniseries that examines the rise of President Kennedy (Greg Kinnear) and his controversial family.

That's bad news for the producers, who had hoped that the satellite TV provider would offer a last-minute rescue for a $30-million project that has already been rejected by Starz, Showtime, FX and other outlets.

The travails for "The Kennedys" started earlier this month, after word leaked that cable network History had given the thumbs-down to the project over concerns about accuracy. Family members, including Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver, are also said to have strongly objected to the program in contacts with corporate bosses overseeing the cable network.

The producers' next move is unclear. But they insist that "The Kennedys" will still air in Canada no matter its fate in the U.S.

-- Scott Collins

Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT

Photo: Greg Kinnear, center, leads the cast of "The Kennedys." Credit: Muse Entertainment