While I have no idea why the History channel dropped its planned miniseries “The Kennedys,” I’m virtually certain the root cause has nothing to do with the lame statement the network released:
“Upon completion of the production of ‘The Kennedys,’ History has decided not to air the eight-part miniseries on the network,” A&E Television Networks said in a statement. “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. We recognize historical fiction is an important medium for storytelling and commend all the hard work and passion that has gone into the making of the series, but ultimately deem this as the right programming decision for our network.”
A few thoughts:
A) You didn’t realize any of this until “upon completion?” Ever heard of “dailies?”
B) Would that be the same “brand” that can also accommodate a litany of shows that have absolutely nothing to do with history, including “Ax Men,” “Ice Road Truckers” and “Life After People?” Give me a friggin’ break.
C) Given all the past movies about the Kennedys, could anything in this one really have been all that shocking? Does anybody else remember the 1990s winner “Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair?”
D) Although critics such as Robert Greenwald have railed against the project based on a script they saw, the fact that producer Joel Surnow (“24”) is a conservative shouldn’t have anything to do with the decision, any more than the producers of “The Reagans” being liberal. But alas, this is the world we live in now, where people only want to see their stories, filtered through a comforting lens.
E) Am I being selfish in hoping that nobody picks it up so that I won’t have to sit through it?