After the History Channel pulled his mini-series, “The Kennedys,” executive producer Michael Prupas insisted Wednesday that the eight-hour series was “meticulously researched” and is historically accurate.
“It’s the truth,” he said. “The goal of the script from the very beginning was to tell the family story of the Kennedys.”
The History Channel announced its decision after a leaked script was denounced by former Kennedy aide Theodore Sorensen as “vindictive” and “malicious.”
Rumors have also circulated that the Kennedy family was involved in pressuring the cable channel to drop the series, an effort led by the late president’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy with help from the wife of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, daughter of the late Eunice Kennedy.
The series — which will still air in international media markets — reportedly touches on JFK’s infidelities and strain in his marriage.
“There’s much written evidence of what went on in that family,” Prupas pointed out. “They truly were a great family that has a Shakespearian story arc that resulted in many tragedies and many great successes.” The producer insists it was more important to remain true to history than to protect the Kennedy clan’s legacy.
“It is a positive reflection – but we have shown the flaws,” he said.
With the History Channel’s cancellation, producers are now looking for a new media outlet to carry the series, masterminded by “24” creator Joel Surnow.