Showtime, 2 Others Pass On The Kennedys

By Mack Rawden 2011-01-12 15:57:36 discussion comments
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When A&E decided to pull the plug on its controversial Kennedyís miniseries almost a week ago, the whole thing was seen as a pretty big setback for those involved but not a disaster. It would still air as planned in foreign countries and History okayed the producers to openly sell the special to another channel. Most assumed Showtime would swoop it up in an instant, seeing as how they did much the same when CBS cast off The Reagans five or six years ago, but the premium cable network has reportedly passed, leaving The Kennedys without a Camelot.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Starz and FX have also said thanks but no thanks, leading at least this author to wonder whether itís actually an issue of quality or the surviving Kennedyís just have more sway with television networks than anyoneís giving them credit for. Today, Showtime released a statement clarifying their decision, saying ďAlthough The Kennedys is well-produced, well-acted and a quality piece of work, it doesnít fit the Showtime programming brand.Ē

Itís looking more and more like American viewers are going to have to wait for a future DVD release to see why The Kennedys caused a fit issue for so many networks.

Normally, controversy leads to public interest which leads to ratings, but seeing as how I havenít heard anyone outside the media discussing the miniseries, itís unlikely viewers will flock to this if another channel ever rolls the dice with it.
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