‘The Kennedys’ Miniseries Finds A New Home
First Published: February 1, 2011 5:24 PM EST Credit: Reelzchannel
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- After being passed on by The History Channel and Showtime last month, “The Kennedys” has finally found a spot on the dial — on ReelzChannel, a rep for the network confirmed to Access Hollywood.
The eight-part series will get its world premiere on April 3 on the network.
Reports had surfaced that the Kennedy family helped kill the series from airing on The History Channel, something Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he was not aware of when he spoke to Access at Sundance, but ReelzChannel Chief Executive Officer Stan E. Hubbard said they felt it was an important story to show..
“We believe in the business we are committed to – movies, the celebrities making them and how and why they influence our cultural universe. If that means defending the right for well told and important stories to be seen – then so be it – we can do that,” said ReelzChannel Chief Executive Officer Stan E. Hubbard said in a statement on Tuesday. “We’re not beholden to anyone – we are here for the viewers and we are here for the movie and artistic community as well. As an independent, we have the freedom few networks enjoy.”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, in early January, The History Channel canceled plans to air the series.
“Upon completion of the production of ‘The Kennedys,’ History has decided not to air the eight-part miniseries on the network,” the network previously told Access in a statement. “While the film is produced and acted with the highest quality, after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand.
“We recognize historical fiction is an important medium for storytelling and commend all the hard work and passion that has gone into the making of the series, but ultimately deem this as the right programming decision for our network,” the statement continued.
Days after The History Channel canceled their plans to air the miniseries, Showtime also passed on “The Kennedys.”
“Although ‘The Kennedys’ is well produced, well acted and a quality piece of work, it doesn’t fit Showtime’s programming brand,” a rep for the cable network previously said in a statement to Access Hollywood.
ReelzChannel, which is available on Dish Network, Direct TV and various cable networks, describes itself as “TV about movies,” and features programming like “Hollywood’s Top Ten,” a countdown show devoted to films.
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