- The History Channel has dropped its most expensive project ever, the $30-million Kennedy mini-series starring Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear, bowing to pressure to drop the mini-series as not "fit" for the channel.
The series was offensive to the Kennedy family, led by Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver, who lobbied aggressively to stop it from airing. Filmmaker and Kennedy friend Robert Greenwald actively campaigned by collecting 50,000 petition signatures and creating the website StopKennedySmears.com. Producers Muse Entertainment and Asylum are confident that American audiences will still see the series; foreign rights have already been sold. A note from the website and their campaign video is after the jump:
- Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire's bestseller, is being adapted into an eight-hour mini-series for ABC by producer-actress Salma Hayek. While the musical Wicked has been a huge success (and is spawning its own film at Universal, produced by Marc Platt), this mini-series will stick closer to the non-musical roots of the Oz universe created by L. Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz). Hayek will not play the Wicked witch, but may appear in a small part. Who will play the leads Elphaba and Galinda? Stay tuned.
"We Won! Thanks to you the History Channel has cancelled The Kennedys miniseries!
We sent the History Channel over 50,000 people who raised their hands at Stop Kennedy Smears to refuse to watch their programming until they stopped running politically motivated fiction as historical 'fact'.
This is a great victory for the legacy of President Kennedy and for the entire Kennedy family."
And their campaign film, in which the portrayal of Kennedy is called "nonsensical," "complete and utter fabrication," "anti-catholic, anti-Irish":