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March 24, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

While it was dropped by the History Channel and found no takers on any other major U.S. cable outlet until it was rescued last month by the relatively little-known ReelzChannel, the controversial miniseries The Kennedys has been picked up by the BBC. The London Independent reported today (Thursday) that the eight-part series will air in primetime on the BBC in May. Meanwhile, in an interview posted on the New York Times‘s website today, Joel Surnow, the politically conservative producer of the series, maintained that prior to the cancellation, History Channel executives, including Steve Gillon, the channel’s resident historian, had previously approved all eight episodes and all the final cuts “and we have proof of it.” In the Times interview, Surnow does not speculate about who might have been responsible at the History Channel for axing the series, but he does theorize: “This had a lot to do with my known politics, and it was very sad that whoever decided to protect the Kennedys didn’t watch the show and see how reverential and patriotic the show really was before they made a determination whether a known conservative could be a producer about a show and be even handed and intellectually honest, which we were.”