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With ‘Kennedys’ in rear-view mirror, History eyes ‘Reagan’

Somewhat lost amid the kerfuffle over History’s ankling its “The Kennedys” miniseries was the subsequent news that History will air a documentary on Ronald Reagan on Feb. 9.

“Reagan,” which will bow three days after the 100th anniversary of the 40th president’s birth, aims to chronicle his life from childhood to his passing in 2004 — as well as the polarized views of him and his legacy. Interviews with David Gergen, George Schultz, Colin Powell, Sam Donaldson and Bob Schieffer are mixed with rare archival footage.

Reagan, of course, was the subject of controversial TV miniseries himself, a 2003 project originally slated for CBS that ended up being passed off to Showtime. Showtime reiterated Friday that it would not pick up “The Kennedys.”

Matt Ginsburg of Boom Pictures is exec producing “Reagan” for History.

Above: Footage from Reagan co-starring with James Dean on an episode of “General Electric Theater.”

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