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OTRC: Katie Holmes' 'The Kennedys' miniseries picked up by ReelzChannel

Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper and Tom Wilkinson in a promotional photo for the 2011 miniseries 'The Kennedys.' (Muse Entertainment Enterprises / Asylum Entertainment)

"The Kennedys," a miniseries starring Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, has been picked up by ReelzChannel after being rejected by other networks.

The 8-part miniseries will air on April 3, the cable channel announced. "The Kennedys" relives the public and private joys and tragedies of the most influential family in the world including fraternal rivalries, mob associations, the drugs and the women," according to ReelzChannel.

The miniseries, which had a multimillion dollar production budget, stars Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy, who was shot dead in 1963. It also features Barry Pepper as his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, who was also fatally shot while campaigning for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination, and Tom Wilkinson as his father, Joseph Kennedy.

The History Channel yanked "The Kennedys" from its lineup last month, saying the project did not fit the "History brand." The cable networks Showtime, Starz, FX and more had also reportedly turned down offers to air the miniseries. The real-life Kennedy family and associates felt its scripts are inaccurate and overly critical, the Associated Press said.

"We believe in the business we are committed to - movies, the celebrities making them and how and why they influence our cultural universe," said ReelzChannel CEO Stan E. Hubbard said in a statement.

"If that means defending the right for well told and important stories to be seen - then so be it - we can do that," he added. "We're not beholden to anyone - we are here for the viewers and we are here for the movie and artistic community as well. As an independent, we have the freedom few networks enjoy."

Holmes rose to fame playing Joey in the teen drama series "Dawson's Creek." The wife of actor Tom Cruise has also starred in movies such as "Batman Begins" and "The Romantics."

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