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The Kennedys Are A Win For Reelz Channel

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Ask not what a plagued miniseries can do for you - but buy it with the hope that it will bring you exactly what you hope it will!

Such is the story for the Reelz Channel who set a record last night with their first two hours of The Kennedys. The world premiere of the miniseries averaged 1.9 million viewers — a record for the basic cable channel that reaches just 60 million homes. Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard released a statement this morning on the success of the series, saying:

“Viewers across America showed their ongoing fascination with the Kennedy family and, specifically, their desire to see such a star-studded cast in the highly-anticipated ‘The Kennedys’. In acquiring The Kennedy’ our aim was to give viewers an opportunity to watch an incredible movie event with massive star power and to also put a spotlight on our network like never before.”

Mission accomplished. Let's hope the momentum keeps up for the rest of the week!

We know what the critics thought about it, but how about U? Did U tune in to see Katie Holmes fill out a pillbox hat?

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Two Thumbs Way Down For Katie Holmes, Critics Aren't Impressed With Kennedys Role

Filed under: Film FlickersKatie Holmes

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To her credit, it was a big pillbox hat to fill and six years on the Creek really didn't prepare her for a career of anything more than cable sitcoms and Lifetime movies such a big role.

This weekend, the long-awaited, highly-controversial mini-series The Kennedys will finally premiere on the Reelz Channel, but from what we are hearing for critics, Katie should've wished that this thing stayed buried. As you might've guessed, she isn't getting the best reviews for her role as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, though we'll admit, no one was as harsh as we thought they would be.

Like the Hollywood Reporter. Their critic wrote that the mini-series on the whole was "dull" and "unwatchable", along with saying it was very hard to step away from the fact that you were watching Katie Holmes play a character. He wrote:

"You think, 'That’s Katie Holmes.' Or, 'That’s Katie Holmes having the damndest time with Jackie’s accent.' You are never transported somewhere else by the character because the real-life subjects are so distinctive in your mind."

The Jackie O accent was a big problem for a lot of other critics, like CBS' Early Show, who pointed out that Katie "doesn't really have the gravitas to pull off the role…And the accent, it's a little silly — for eight hours, it's a long time to be, you know, watching her play this character in the way that she does."

Variety added that Katie very much "looked the part," but conceeded that "that's about all" she brought to the movie.

Whomp, whomp. Well, if nothing else, it was an experience, Katie. You got to where iconic clothes and look like the most iconic First Lady in living memory. Perhaps, however, its time to reevaluate your career choices. Let's see how you do with Jack and Jill and then maybe consider a more comedy-esque career, huh?

[Image via AP Images.]

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TomKat Prowls The Kennedys Red Carpet

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What a pretty dress she has on! Someone let her daughter dress her for this event!

Last night, Katie Holmes was on hand for the premiere of her uber-controversial historical mini-series, The Kennedys, which premieres on the Reelz Channel next month. Joining her was her husband, Tom Cruise, who took time off from his own movie to support his wifey's career.

Say what you will about them (we sure as hell can't stop you), but they do seem to have respect for each other when it comes to their careers. Sure, maybe he does more movies than her, but when its her turn, Tom gives her the room to shine.

But where is lil Suri Cruise we wonder? Home with Xenu a nanny?

Check out more shots of TomKat at the premiere in Beverly Hills in the gallery (below).

[Image via WENN.]

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ReelzChannel Raking In Viewers After Acquiring The Kennedys

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This was a really good move for them, at least from this perspective.

Since ReelzChannel announced that they would be the brave souls to air the highly-controversial mini-series, The Kennedys, things have been going really well for them. Their viewership has almost doubled from earlier this year, averaging about 5.5 million viewers a week, and according to the suits, that number is bound to go up again once the mini-series actually makes it to air.

ReelzChannel CEO Stan Hubbard explained that he and his team are shooting for an audience of around 12 million people when the eight part series hits their airwaves and hopefully, that number will stick after the show is over. Stan added:

"We knew what we were getting into when we bought this. We just hope taking a risk will pay off."

So far, so good…but beware. We haven't heard from Maria Shriver in awhile. She might just be biding her time, waiting for her moment to strike and shut this thing down!

We sincerely hope she doesn't though. We have to know what the hell goes on in this movie that's got everyone in such a damn uproar!!!

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Camera Shy Suri And Katie Leave Manhattan Apartment

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Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri Cruise were spotted leaving their apartment Manhattan on Friday.

Suri doesn't look like she is liking all those cameras around her and we don't blame her!

The mom and daughter pair do look adorable in their dual trench coat jackets though!

Katie can next be seen in the controversial and epic 8-part mini-series The Kennedys starting April 3 on ReelzChannel.

We're pret-ty excited to FINALLY see her performance as the iconic Jackie Kennedy. What about U?

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ReelzChannel Re-Releases Trailer For The Kennedys!

Filed under: TV NewsFilm FlickersKatie Holmes

It will finally see the light of day!

Now that ReelzChannel has officially picked up the eight-part miniseries The Kennedys - after the famous family essentially blacklisted it - the network has released their OWN version of the trailer…or pretty much the one we've already seen, but now with their logo and an airdate included in the footage!

Ch-ch-check it out (above)!

Meanwhile, in spite of the controversy, the film's executive producer, Michael Prupas, is adamant that the series in historically accurate, and explains:

"It's the truth. The goal of the script from the very beginning was to tell the family story of the Kennedys. There's much written evidence of what went on in that family. They truly were a great family that has a Shakespearian story arc that resulted in many tragedies and many great successes. It is a positive reflection – but we have shown the flaws. It is blatantly obvious from many public sources that the family had certain flaws and certain problems. We weren't inventing the wheel."

And Reelz's CEO, Stan E. Hubbard, agrees:

"We don’t enjoy controversy or want to pick a fight, but the history is the history. When you watch this, there are incredible successes and unbelievable tragedies. The family stays together and they're loyal to each other and to the country throughout the highest highs and the lowest lows. The cast put their heart and soul into this, and with great care to accuracy of circumstances and visuals. We're so thrilled and proud of being able to step up and help this story be told that they so carefully created."

Well, we suppose only time will tell, but yeah…the trailer doesn't really help their argument!

Thoughts??

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Finally! The Kennedys Mini-Series Will Air!

Filed under: TV NewsFilm FlickersKatie Holmes

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But you might have to pay a little extra to see it.

By now you know that everyone and their mom executive producer is a-scared of incurring the wrath of the Kennedy family, so after the History Channel dropped their Kennedys mini-series like a hot tamale, no one would touch it. Not Starz, not Showtime, not FX. No one wanted to air it, but everyone wanted to see it.

And then, like a beacon of hope, the ReelzChannel came forward and accepted the honor of pissing off America's most famous family.

What? You don't know what ReelzChannel is? Course you do! It's like MTV, but with shows about movies instead of music! Okay, maybe that wasn't the best example, but you get the idea. The point is they're putting it on the TV, which means we all have a chance to watch it and finally find out what all the fuss is about and Katie Holmes will get her chance at an Emmy that her years at Dawson's Creek never afforded her! (A travesty, if you ask us!)

According to their website, the first part of the eight part series will air on April 3rd, so set your DVRS.

Oh, and check that you've actually go the station because we're led to believe that it might one of those "special" channels you need to pay more to have. Not sure, you'll have to check!

Who's excited to see this finally?!

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