It’s funny how Maria Shriver and Caroline Kennedy combined their impressive political power to pressure the History channel into canceling the 25 million dollar miniseries about the Kennedy family. The eight hour miniseries covering 40 years, “The Kennedys,” will be seen in Canada and all over the world- just not the United States (until another network chooses to ignore the political pressure and pick it up.) What irks Maria and Caroline is the fact that the writer and producer Joel Surnow, happens to be a Republican and an admirer of Ronald Reagan. And the cousins didn’t like the fact that although the story was factual, it was necessary to create dialog to move the story along. The show’s stars Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear support the project as a “very positive representation of the Kennedys” and are very disappointed.

Posted by Janet on January 10, 2011

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  1. By Walt Cliff
    On January 10, 2011 at

    Oh well, not really a big deal. I wasn’t looking forward to it anyway. I like Kinnear and can remember many years ago when he was on something called “Talk Soup”. He was hysterically funny. I can’t bring myself to watch anything that poor ole Katie Holmes is on. I will be glad when she is away from the L Ron Hubbard cult and back to being human.

    By the way, Kinnear and Holmes were in a movie back in 2000 psychic thriller, “The Gift” which I really enjoyed.

  2. By strom
    On January 10, 2011 at

    Probably truthfully depicts JFK having his (little) bone in everything except Jackie and RFK banging Jackie regularly after JFK death! Much like the Clintons without the lesbianism.

  3. By Reta
    On January 10, 2011 at

    Seems logical enough to cancel it, but wouldn’t it have been more prudent to put up a loud ruckus about the project, or stick their noses into the so-called dialog, PRIOR to filming and wasting peoples time and money on the production of the thing?! The participants would then be free to pursue other opportunities that WOULD be more beneficialto all the players and powers that be. How colossally dumb.
    By th way, I too have followed Greg’s career since the early days and find him very likeable and talented. Katie, not so much. Just seems to come off as a tall geeky out of place in any surrounding roboton with practically no personality.

  4. By Patrick
    On January 10, 2011 at

    Well they can’t keep it off kickass torrents…can they?
    Barry Pepper was amazing as Ned Pepper in True Grit.
    Boring, pretentious people the Kennedys. I wonder how much of the P.T. 109 hero story was fabricated?
    Least the old man made his money off rumrunning. A sporty profession.

  5. By Helena Handbasket
    On January 10, 2011 at

    And here I thought all that absurd “Kennedy-power-to-quash-at-will” that’s been around since the dawn of time.. died with ‘ol Ted.

  6. By Reta
    On January 10, 2011 at

    I was only a little girl when President Kennedy died, but can still recall the silence that fell over my classroom as the intercom announced that our President had just been shot and killed. It was my first time observing the outpouring of grief over a loss of life that touched so many, even a little schoolgirl. I felt a vacancy in my life even then. And I also felt the times change. It still saddens me to think what could have been for our country. And I don’t give a shit WHO he screwed, or anybody else for that matter. The only people whose sex lives matter to anyone are prostitutes and Johns. The rest of it is just private lives and only revalent to the immediate players.

  7. By Rick
    On January 10, 2011 at

    I heart you Helena. I’m way more than a little astonished that some of the Kennedys still think a genetic link with formerly famous dead people alone really makes them something extra special, and that the History Channel of all networks caved to them. Absurd indeed, and without doubt the dialog intended to move the story along which they objected to is far, far tamer than much of what was actually spoken.

  8. By uncle bill
    On January 10, 2011 at

    I wonder: WAS IT ALL A SHAM, folks?

  9. By Reta
    On January 11, 2011 at

    “uncle bill” (you moron) to what “IT” do you refer…could you possibly BE more vague? By the way, your constant fake name changes are the “SHAM” here.

  10. By strom
    On January 11, 2011 at

    True, Bill, much of it is known to be a sham and the whole Camelot thing is a BS story, fabricated by the “family”. JFK probably took it all in stride and never worried that he didnt have the most brainpower…he was out for a lot of pussy and his marriage vows were never too important, obviously. He had handlers to clean up and Clinton obviously learned from him.

  11. By Natalie
    On January 11, 2011 at

    Are the Kennedys even relevant anymore? I can’t imagine anyone even caring that much about a miniseries rehashing the same stuff.

  12. By Patrick
    On January 11, 2011 at

    Reta, wow I’m sorry I didn’t realize you were that old! I mean sitting in class and hearing the JFK announcement. Let’s see like 49 years ago, you 16 in class, so 59, 60, 61, 62, 63 ummm 78 you’re 78 years old now.
    Sorry Gramma.
    Vagina jokes are off the table.

  13. By Patrick
    On January 11, 2011 at

    Oh, and I’ll always remember this was the place I was at when I heard the Kennedy miniseries was cancelled.

  14. By Reta
    On January 11, 2011 at

    No Patrick my dear, I am not that old, I was a LITTLE girl in grammer school, and I can assure you my vagina is very intact and enjoying itself very much on a regular basis. I can only hope you and your teeny mister as much pleasure in your isolated quarters.

    I got in on the tail end (no pun intended) of the flower power 60′s in my teens. I’ve had a great time living thru the decades I have and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m still young and going strong and not ready to trade in my flowers any time soon, OR indulge in RX’s along with you. Even I know the 60′s are over. (Just don’t try to cut my hair)!

  15. By Indy
    On January 11, 2011 at

    You guys are more entertaining than SNL, so keep it up.

  16. By Bettye Bluejay
    On January 11, 2011 at

    Reta, read Nemesis: The True Story of the Kennedys and Aristotle Onassis. You will get over some of your romance of the Kennedys.

  17. By Indy
    On January 11, 2011 at

    Reta, how long is your hair. I have a whale of a time getting mine to grow.

  18. By Teddy
    On January 12, 2011 at

    This here pisses me off. I was looking forward to seeing this….I actually didn’t protest that Katiebot was cast; because it also has Greg Kinnear (underrated good actor) and Tom Wilkenson (FANTASTIC actor). This is terrible censorship….as we know historical representations are just that….representations. Kinda like Bush’s memoirs. So, I for one believe STRONGLY that it should be shown in America.

  19. By MyCatLovesTV
    On January 13, 2011 at

    “Oh, and I’ll always remember this was the place I was at when I heard the Kennedy miniseries was cancelled.” Now that’s classic!

    However, you don’t have to be ancient to actually remember the Kennedy assasination. The world stopped that day and even for the very young, there was an impact…even if it was just “wow, they let out school” and “why is mommy crying at the television set.” I think we were more innocent and as kids we weren’t as tuned into current events like today when current events are everywhere. So we responded to how our parent responded. I’d never seen my mother crying in the middle of the day before. So I remember that day very well.

  20. By MyCatLovesTV
    On January 13, 2011 at

    Oh…another thing. “They” won’t stop The History Channel from selling the DVDs, right? The so-called Thought Police can’t stop the sale, can they? THC can hawk the DVDs on their website and in their catalog asking an outrageous price for the set. One way or another, anybody who wants to see this product will eventually be able to.

  21. By guest
    On January 13, 2011 at

    hope showtime picks this up.


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