Showtime passes on ‘Kennedys’

Miniseries continues to shop for new home after History backed out

Showtime has taken a pass on picking up “The Kennedys” miniseries that was tabled by History last week.

The CBS-owned pay cabler let it be known Wednesday that it has decided not to pick up the eight-hour miniseries spearheaded by “24” co-creator and exec producer Joel Surnow.

Starz, HBO and Epix have made it clear that they are not interested in picking up the project. AMC may have expressed interest but that could not be immediately confirmed.

History backed away from the project late last week in the face of pressure on its parent companies — Disney, Hearst and NBC Universal — exerted by Kennedy family members including Caroline Kennedy (Daily Variety, Jan. 10). An early draft of “The Kennedys” script was publicly criticized last year by historians who called it a distortion of John F. Kennedy’s political legacy. Producers have countered that the focus is on the family’s epic saga and denied that they brought a political agenda to the project.

History had been expected to launch the mini in March or April.

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