DirecTV Considering Picking Up 'The Kennedys'
2:37 PM PST 1/14/2011 by Matthew Belloni
Controversial, ambitious miniseries was dropped by the History channel.
DirecTV has emerged as a potential savior for The Kennedys, the controversial miniseries that was dropped by the History channel.“We are considering the possibility but no decision has been made,” a DirecTV rep tells THR amid an online report that the network was in talks with Kennedys producers Muse Entertainment and Asylum Entertainment. If a deal happens, the satellite service would air the 8-part mini-series on its Channel 101, solidifying its status as something of a TV savior. DirecTV also came to the rescue when NBC’s Friday Night Lights and FX’s Damages were on the brink of cancellation, agreeing to air the acclaimed series when their originating networks passed. Importantly, the company is not part of a major studio conglomerate. And it is not tied to the Walt Disney Co., NBC Universal or Hearst, the three owners of History parent A&E Television Networks whose executives signed off on yanking The Kennedys from the channel in advance of a planned spring airdate.
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