On Demand: JFK

Comcast is launching a video-on-demand service commemorating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s presidency.

The on-demand channel, which launches on Friday, will feature famous speeches, newsreels, presidential debates, campaign commercials and documentaries. It’s being produced with the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, which today unveiled an online digital archive on its website.

Kennedy was inaugurated almost 50 years ago — Jan. 20, 1961.

Meanwhile, Showtime has rejected offers to pickup a less laudatory version of Camelot, the miniseries “The Kennedys” that was dropped last week by the History channel. I expect that the project will land on some outlet in the United States, but options are dwindling. 

Networks appear to have a bigger stomach for the more laudatory aspects of the Kennedy legend, not the salacious ones, and even after many other less-the-flattering projects aired in the 80s and 90s when many of the principles from that era were still alive.

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