The cancellation of “The Kennedy’s” miniseries was a result of an ultimatum from Caroline Kennedy, a report in The New York Post has stated.
Unless the miniseries which was perceived as anti Kennedy was shelved, Caroline threatened to retract her co-operation for the planned release of never-before-heard conversations with her mother.
The audiotapes of Jackie’s conversations are due to be released this autumn on ABC and the book of transcripts of the tapes are to be released by Hyperion.
ABC, the cable channel A&E and Hyperion are all owned by Disney.
According to a source close to the family, the Kennedy’s did not want a series that portrayed the family as “an episode” of ‘Dallas’”.
A Hyperion network source told the New York Post that Caroline was “going to pull back" on the audiotapes and book release if “"she doesn't get what she wants."
"It was that simple," said the source.
The cable network reportedly spent more than $25 million making the miniseries which starred Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes.
A &E offered to send Caroline copies so she could judge it herself, but she declined, the source said.
Caroline signed the book deal with Hyperion for the show based on her mother, Jacqueline Onassis’ audio interviews.
The tapes were recorded in 1964, soon after JFK’s assassination, with historian Arthur Schlesinger. They were originally intended for the JFK library. But the former first lady, decided she did not want the tapes made public during her life time.
Her daughter, who now controls the tapes decided that the 50th anniversary year of JFK's inauguration was the perfect time for them to be heard.
The deal with Hyperion included the release of over six hours of audio tapes; ABC will be the first to air them.