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Controversial "Kennedys" miniseries gets canned

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katie holmes as jackie o.JPG                      Katie Holmes filming the ill-fated miniseries "The Kennedys"

The History Channel will not broadcast the miniseries "The Kennedys" this spring after all. The network has canceled the series starring Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy and Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy, concluding it was "not a fit" for the History Channel, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the cancellation. "Upon completion of the production of 'The Kennedys,' History has decided not to air the 8-part miniseries," a rep for A&E told the trade publication. "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." The multi-million dollar project has been the subject of controversy since it was announced in December 2009. Developed by Joel Surnow, the conservative co-creator of "24," the project was criticized by some Democrats and Kennedy historians. Former JFK adviser Theodore Sorenson called an early version of the script "vindictive" and "malicious." The script had since been revised. The miniseries is still scheduled to air in Canada on March 6, and will still be broadcast internationally. Here's a trailer for the series.


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