The Kennedys, the mini-series that The History Channel and a few other networks were too afraid to touch, did so well in the ratings on it's first go-round, it is having encore airings on Reelz Channel the network that did have the foresight to realize it was worthy of a home.
The entire look of the production is flawless never giving away it's secret that much of it was in fact shot in Canada with the help of cgi to recreate the Kennedy compound, Washington DC, Dallas Texas, etc. Use of film of actual events also lends to the authenticity of the look. Bravo to the costumers, hair and make-up artists as well.
i like Greg Kinnear, but other than a physical resemblance to our 35th president [again helped by the previously mentioned hair and make-up artists], i did not find his performance to be very compelling. It's not so much that his performance is bad he does have many good moments, as that i often felt that i was seeing Greg Kinnear instead of JFK on the screen. Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy captures the paradoxically fragile and strong first lady extremely well. But the true standout performance is delivered by Barry Pepper. Every moment he is on the screen the man is putting on an actor's master class. The mannerisms, the voice, everything about his portrayal says "Robert Kennedy". If his performance does not render an Emmy, i cannot imagine why.
Kudos to Reelz Channel for having no fear in giving this production, which shows the triumphs, as well as the scandals, and tragedies that was the Kennedys, a home.
The 8 part mini-series The Kennedys airs at 9:00pm and Midnight weeknights on ReelzChannel. Please check your local listings.