Who Killed The Kennedys? Caroline, Maria Shriver
The cousins lobbied strongly for its demise, sources say
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2011 8:39 AM CST
In this July 19, 1986, file photo, bride Caroline Kennedy, right, chats with her cousin and matron of honor, Maria Shriver, center, during her wedding in Centerville, Mass., July 19, 1986.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The Kennedys themselves were behind the History Channel’s eleventh-hour yanking of The Kennedys, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter. No advertisers or sponsors complained about the controversial miniseries, which was called "vindictive" and "malicious" by a former JFK aide, but both Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver have close ties to A&E Television Networks (AETN) and lobbied for the project to be killed.

AETN is owned by, among other companies, the Walt Disney Co. and NBC Universal. Kennedy has a book deal with Disney’s publishing division—she'll be editing and promoting a collection of never-before released interviews with Jackie Kennedy—and would likely not have cooperated to that level had The Kennedys aired, notes the Reporter. Shriver, meanwhile, worked for NBC Universal for years, and reportedly complained to former execs Jeff Zucker and Jeff Gaspin. The miniseries will likely live on regardless of their efforts; producers are currently looking at Showtime as an alternate network.

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Jan 11, 2011 7:02 PM CST
Aww damn. I was hoping to learn that JFK and Bobby were womenizers and weren't that discreet about it. I was looking forward to see the parade of women they went through. I wanted to see if JFK was as jacked up on drugs for back pain as they say when he was in control of the nuclear arsenal. I wanted to learn how Teddy made it through college, got his 4 year military enlistment cut down to two years, and how he got elected all those time to the senate. I wanted to hear why the Kennedys had their daughter lobotomized. Those are big mysteries, but not as big as what happened to Mary Jo Kopechne. This series could have done a lot to clear up all these rumors.
Jan 11, 2011 5:39 AM CST
Who killed the Kennedys? I believe that was Lee Harvey Oswald (so they say) and Sirhan Sirhan...
Jan 10, 2011 5:29 PM CST
Caroline Kennedy was heard to voice her position thusly: "It's like y'know, a bad thing like, y'know... cuz y'know it's, uh like, bad to say bad things, y'know?"