by Dave Itzkoff at New York Times | April 28 2010
“The Kennedys,” the coming History Channel miniseries, has found its lead actors to play the central members of that Democratic political clan. Greg Kinnear, an Academy Award nominee for “As Good As It Gets,” will play John F. Kennedy; Barry Pepper (“Saving Private Ryan”) will play Robert F. Kennedy; Tom Wilkinson, an Emmy Award winner for “John Adams,” will play the family patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy; and Katie Holmes (“Batman Begins,” “Dawson’s Creek”) will play Jacqueline Kennedy.
The miniseries, produced by Joel Surnow, a creator of the Fox action series “24,” has been criticized by historians who were provided early drafts of the scripts by the liberal filmmaker Robert Greenwald. They said the scripts contained historical inaccuracies and presented an unflattering depiction of President Kennedy and his family. The History Channel plans to show the eight-hour miniseries next year.