Have any of you been watching “The Kennedys” miniseries on the Reelz channel?
We’ve been recording it and finished watching part 6 or 8 this morning. The final two parts are on Sunday night. The show was originally scheduled to air on the History Channel but the plug was pulled. Producer Joel Surnow’s conservative political leanings probably meant that the History Channel took flak from both the Kennedy family and the Hollywood left in general, although A&E Entertainment said the film “wasn’t historically accurate enough” for the History Channel brand.
My guess is that those “historical inaccuracies” they speak of are behind-closed-door conversations between two people, and nobody can ever actually verify what was said. But if that’s the History Channel’s standard, they’ll never be able to show any dramatized historical film.
It’s hard to tell which is the reason for some of the backlash the movie got (or the History Channel was afraid they might get if they aired it). Was it the depictions of all the affairs? Rosemarie’s lobotomy? Joe Sr. essentially buying the Senate election for JFK, as well as Chicago in the 1960 presidential election? Those things are fairly well documented. There are depictions of Jackie getting hooked on amphetamines for a block of time that I hadn’t heard about — if that did happen. JFK is shown many times popping pills and getting shots for back pain and Addison’s disease, but again, I don’t think that’s purely creative license.
Modern-day “progressives” and assorted Obamaphiles might take issue with the way JFK is depicted standing up to Khrushchev and communism in general. JFK didn’t try to find middle ground with Khrushchev — he didn’t go deliver a speech in Red Square and apologize for America and hope that would make the Soviets remove their missiles from Cuba. He didn’t say “we have our missiles in Turkey so it’s only fair that they have missiles in Cuba.” No, he stood up to Khrushchev, and Khrushchev blinked.
What’s strange so far is that, after viewing 6 of the 8 parts, which takes us up to about 1963, is that there’s been no appearance at all by Ted. Maybe they’re waiting for Chappaquiddick to introduce that character, or maybe he won’t be included at all.
Oh, one other way you can tell this isn’t the usual liberal Hollywood production is that, so far at least, there hasn’t been a scene featuring J. Edgar Hoover trying on dresses in his office at FBI headquarters.
Here’s the trailer: