Friday 24 November 2017

More like 'Dynasty' than serious history

The axing of a TV series is testament to the Kennedys' enduring power, writes Donal Lynch in New York

It was billed as the most important and expensive television programme ever produced on the Kennedy family. The History Channel had pulled out all the stops to ensure its success, spending millions of dollars on production and promotion and enlisting A-list stars like Katie Holmes (Jackie Kennedy) and Greg Kinnear (John) to star.

The series would be produced by Joel Surnow, who created the wildly successful series 24. The script had been written and revised by a team of historians. Network executives were said to be anticipating huge viewing figures.

And then, last week, the show was abruptly cancelled. The History Channel released a statement saying that, after a screening of the finished product "we have concluded that this dramatic interpretation is not a right fit for the History brand".

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