History Channel has canceled plans to broadcast the controversial miniseries The Kennedys. The miniseries was produced by Joel Surnow and stars Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes. THR reports that all three were told today of the series’ cancellation:
No advertisers had registered complaints or concerns with the miniseries, confirms an A&E spokesperson, but the content was not considered historically accurate enough for the network’s rigorous standards. So an air date, which had not been announced but was planned for spring, was scrapped.
“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 rep tells THR in the statement.
The miniseries is still scheduled to air in Canada on March 6, and will still be broadcast internationally.
Producers of The Kennedys may look to air the series in the US on a cable network; A move that was similarly taken when the controversial 2003 miniseries The Reagans was set to air on CBS but was effectively boycotted. That series later aired on Showtime.