Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear were set to portray former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and former president John F. Kennedy in the long-awaited miniseries "The Kennedys" produced by the History Channel. A&E announced today that they've declined the 8-part series after reviewing the final project.
"Upon completion of the production of 'The Kennedys,' History has decided not to air the eight-part miniseries," A&E said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. "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."
The miniseries has received a lot of publicity in the past year with it's A-list cast and creator Joel Surnow, who also created "24" at the healm. But according to reports, historians and JFK's former advisor, Theodore Sorenson were not happy with the production, calling the script "vindictive." While the script had been revised, History channel historians felt that the "historical fiction" was not appropriate for their network.
The miniseries will still air in Canada on March 6, as well as internationally.
Holmes will return to the big screen in 2011 in the film "The Son of No One" and is currently filming "Jack and Jill" with Adam Sandler and Al Pacino.