TV programming that's not happening. That was the recurring theme in this weekend's entertainment news.
The most surprising non event is The History Channel's decision not to air its expensive, star-studded miniseries, The Kennedys. As you can see from this promo, the eight-part series appears to be less a history lesson than scintillating expose. Naturally, there's been lots of media anticipation for its March debut. (Katie Holmes looks eerily just like Jackie! Can Greg Kinnear pull off playing such a famous icon?! And so on.)
But throughout production, the project has garnered lots of negative attention, too. Kennedy historians -- and a former advisor in his administration -- have criticized the script for inaccuracies. While the network's spokesperson didn't get specific about its reasons behind the cancellation, those inaccuracies seem to have played a part. "After viewing the final product in its totality," The History Channel said in a statement. "We have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand."
The big question now is whether the miniseries will land on another network. Rumor has it that HBO has passed on it, but The Hollywood Reporter states that a rep for Showtime says nobody at the network has yet seen The Kennedys. After all this hoopla, it's almost unimaginable that the project won't make it on the air. "We are confident that television viewers in the United States will join viewers from around the world in having an opportunity to watch this series in the near future," The Kenndeys producers said in statement.
Non event number two is the rumored, upcoming Justin Bieber-centric episode of Glee. Not true, says creator Ryan Murphy. "We are doing an episode where Sam sings a JB song to win Quinn back …and copies his hairstyle, etc.," Murphy told Perez Hilton. "But it's a small part of a big episode that has a lot of other things going on." In fact, Murphy goes on to say that there aren't any more episodes themed around one artist planned for Season 2. Sorry, Justin. But then, you don't really need Glee anyway, do you?
And some more TV that's not happening: A second season of Sarah Palin's Alaska. Though TLC hasn't made a formal statement, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that this Sunday's Season 1 finale of the show will be the series' last episode. TLC couldn't have been the one to put on the brakes -- Alaska scored them an average of 3.2 million viewers each week. So EW.com's Lynette Rice offered her own guess: Palin's planning to run for office. That could be it. Or maybe Palin's going to star on Real Housewives of Alaska? Oh, all right. Rice's guess is probably better.
With all this TV we're not going to be seeing, there must be something coming up to watch, right? Well, actually, yes -- Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo will guest star as an engaged couple (what a stretch!) on a February episode of CBS' Hawaii Five-0, according to People. OK, so they're not exactly John and Jackie. But we'll take what we can get.
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