Reelz to Develop Kennedy Miniseries Based on Taraborrelli's AFTER CAMELOT
ReelzChannel - TV About Movies(R) today announced that the rights to J. Randy Taraborrelli's bestselling book AFTER CAMELOT, which is a personal history of the Kennedy family from 1968 to the present, have been acquired by Muse Entertainment Enterprises and that REELZ has entered into a co-development agreement with Muse Entertainment Enterprises to produce a miniseries. Muse Entertainment Enterprises will be responsible for production of the miniseries and for international distribution. Keri Selig of Intuition Productions brought the project to REELZ and will serve as an executive producer. The miniseries based on After Camelot marks the third collaboration between Muse Entertainment Enterprises and REELZ including the Emmy Award(R) winning The Kennedys and the WWII-era drama series Bomb Girls.
"With The Kennedys miniseries we saw tremendous response to powerful storytelling along with an intense interest in this remarkable family. In his book, J. Randy Taraborrelli tells the incredible true story of the Kennedys from 1968 to today," said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of ReelzChannel. "The Kennedy family is truly a part of the fabric of America and we're thrilled to once again work with our partners at Muse Entertainment Enterprises to bring our viewers this fascinating and continuing story."
"The Kennedy family continued to make an indelible mark on the life of America and the world after Robert Kennedy's assassination, including universal healthcare and the creation of the Special Olympics," said Michael Prupas, President and CEO of Muse Entertainment Enterprises. "We are privileged to collaborate with REELZ, with J. Randy Taraborrelli and with Keri Selig to bring After Camelot to television audiences."
"J. Randy Taraborrelli is one of the great biographers of our time and I'm proud to be working with him on this project," said Keri Selig, Owner and Founder of Intuition Productions. "As soon as I read After Camelot, I knew that REELZ, with their dedication to high-quality television and respectful handling of The Kennedys miniseries, was the perfect home for this modern epic. I'm thrilled to continue my collaboration with Muse having worked with them on the movie It Must Be Love and I look forward to forming a new relationship with REELZ on this miniseries for After Camelot."
After Camelot - A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present is based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's extensive research, including hundreds of exclusive interviews and captures the wealth, glamour and fortitude for which the Kennedys are so well known. Like the book takes its readers, the miniseries will take its viewers on an epic journey of the ongoing saga of the nation's most famous - and controversial - family.
After Camelot is the most recent of J. Randy Taraborrelli's 13 New York Times bestsellers. He is also the author of Jackie, Ethel, Joan - Women of Camelot, another New York Times bestseller for him in hard cover and paperback, as well as a highly-rated miniseries for NBC starring Jill Hennessey as Jackie Kennedy and Lauren Holly as Ethel Kennedy. Moreover, he is the author of Michael Jackson - The Magic and the Madness (also nominated for a W.H. Smith award in England) as well as Call Her Miss Ross; The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe; Madonna - An Intimate Biography and Elizabeth Taylor, all New York Times bestsellers.
When The Kennedys made its world premiere on REELZ, the miniseries brought in record viewership for the network, reaching 17.5 million viewers* in its premiere month and grossing more than 35 million viewers since debuting in April 2011. (*Source: Nielsen Media Research data 4/3-5/1/2011. Reflects Live+7 P2+. Reach based on a 1-minute qualifier.) This Thanksgiving, viewers will see where it all began when REELZ airs two marathons of The Kennedys miniseries. On Thursday, November 22, 2012, all eight hours of The Kennedys air back-to-back starting at 8am ET/ 5am PT.
Episode 1 - "Joe's Revenge" at 8am ET/ 5am PT
Episode 2 - "The First Campaign" at 9am ET/ 6am PT
Episode 3 - "Bay of Pigs" at 10am ET/ 7am PT
Episode 4 - "Bobby's War" at 11am ET/ 8am PT
Episode 5 - "Life Sentences" at 12pm ET/ 9am PT
Episode 6 - "Cuban Missiles" at 1pm ET/ 10am PT
Episode 7 - "Lancer and Lace" at 2pm ET/ 11am PT
Episode 8 - "My Brother's Keeper" at 3pm ET/ 12pm PT
Then, Oliver Stone's Academy Award(R) winning JFK will air at 4pm ET/ 1pm PT, followed by another marathon starting at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT giving viewers a second chance to see all eight hours of The Kennedys airing back to back.
Episode 1 - "Joe's Revenge" at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT
Episode 2 - "The First Campaign" at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT
Episode 3 - "Bay of Pigs" at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT
Episode 4 - "Bobby's War" at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT
Episode 5 - "Life Sentences" at 12am ET/ 9pm PT
Episode 6 - "Cuban Missiles" at 1am ET/ 10pm PT
Episode 7 - "Lancer and Lace" at 2 am ET/ 11pm PT
Episode 8 - "My Brother's Keeper" at 3am ET/ 12am PT
The Kennedys relives the public and private joys and tragedies of the most influential family in the world including fraternal rivalries, mob associations, the drugs and the women. The miniseries recreates the political crises that John F. Kennedy dealt with in the early days of his presidency including the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war and the Civil Rights Movement. Viewers will see every twist and turn of this family's extraordinary story up to and including the assassinations of JFK and RFK.
Boasting an all-star cast led by Emmy(R)-nominee Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Barry Pepper who won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his portrayal of Robert F. Kennedy, The Kennedys also features powerful performances from Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy and Emmy-nominated Tom Wilkinson OBE as Joseph Kennedy, Sr. Nominated for 10 Emmy Awards, the miniseries won a total of four as well as three Gemini Awards, five Directors Guild of Canada Awards, a History Makers International Award, a Directors Guild of America Award and a New York Festivals International TV & Film Grand Trophy Award. The Kennedys is a Muse Entertainment Enterprises production in association with Asylum Entertainment.
About Muse Entertainment Enterprises
Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television Production Company known for its well-crafted and high quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has produced, co-produced or provided production services on more than 160 TV movies and miniseries, television series and feature films and has won 95 awards and garnered 299 award nominations! Muse Entertainment's most recent television series are Bomb Girls (Seasons I, II) and Being Human (Seasons 1, II, III). In 2011, its topical 8-hr. historical drama, The Kennedys, earned 10 Emmy Award nominations. Its Pillars of the Earth also won many awards. Muse's other award-winning programs are Durham County (Seasons 1, 2, 3), Ben Hur, The Last Templar, Impact, Human Trafficking, Answered by Fire, This is Wonderland and Tales from the Neverending Story. The company's head office and its Quebec production centre are in Montreal. Muse also maintains development and production operations in Toronto and Los Angeles. For more information please visit www.muse.ca.
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