Joel Surnow takes on political family
“24” co-creator Joel Surnow is taking on the Kennedy clan, penning a 10-hour miniseries about the political family.“The Kennedys,” which Canadian distributor Muse Entertainment plans to shop this weekend at the MIP TV conference in Cannes, is sure to stir up controversy back here in the States. Surnow, who’s politically active in conservative politics, is drawing up a longform that will “unveil secrets” about the liberal-minded family. According to Muse — which sent out a press release Wednesday — “The Kennedys” will explore “the soiled and crooked steps” the family took to get to the White House. “It also tells the historical stories that are associated with the Kennedy era — the Bay of Pigs, the Missile Crisis, the civil rights struggle, the mob connection — each one told in the context of personal, Kennedy-family dramas.” Muse is in talks with at least one cable network to air the history-minded drama. According to Muse, the project has a budget of $30 million. Surnow will exec produce with Stephen Kronish, as well as Muse’s Michael Prupas and Asylum Ent.’s Jonathan Koch and Steven Michaels. Surnow most recently exec produced the satire series “The ½ Hour News Hour” for the Fox News Channel. Beyond “24,” his credits include “La Femme Nikita,” “Nowhere Man” and “The Commish.”
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