Will TV viewers ever get to see Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy in The Kennedys?
After The History Channel dropped the controversial miniseries last week, Showtime became the latest network to slam the door on the epic — declining to buy the miniseries, Entertainment Weekly reports.
An executive told The New York Times “there has been interest expressed by several networks,” but EW points out that very few contenders remain.
The miniseries; Canadian director Jon Cassar said Tuesday “We were very surprised” that the History Channel objected to the 8-part series. “The actual product takes no political stance one way or the other.”
Cassar told Canadian paper The Star he believes that friends of the Kennedy family lobbied executives of the networks to axe the project. “I doubt [the Kennedys] have seen it,” he said. “They were objecting to it before it started. They were objecting to the idea of it.”
In a Friday statement, The History Channel simply said the show became a “dramatic interpretation” that was “not a fit for the History brand.”
But Cassar insists that Holmes and her costars (Greg Kinnear plays President John F. Kennedy) did their homework, researching the real-life figures they played. “All of these people became these people…The actors came to the set with books in their hands. Everything was double-checked and triple-checked.”
“I feel really lucky to be playing her,” Holmes told UsMagazine.com in July of playing the iconic First Lady. “She not only had great style, but she [was] an artist [and] a writer. She was an illustrator. She was an editor.”
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