Dropping the much-hyped and pricey production of “The Kennedys” — which stars Tom Cruise’s better half as Jackie Kennedy and Greg Kinnear as President John F. Kennedy — was the “right programming decision for our network,” representatives from the History Channel told the Hollywood Reporter.
Although international rights to run the series are still intact, producers are looking for a U.S. network to carry it. According to Yahoo News, Showtime has expressed interest.
In other poli-vision news:
• Sunday night’s season finale of ” Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is expected to be the series’ last episode, according to EW.com.
The TLC show that featured the lives of the former Alaska governor’s family, wildlife exploits, and even Kate Gosselin and her eight children, averaged a little more than 3 million viewers since it premiered Nov. 14.
Although the controversial show performed well for the network, EW said that if Palin signed on for another season it would indicate she wasn’t planning to run for office in 2012 (and force the network to provide other candidates with equal-access time).
• “The Social Network” won four awards Saturday from the National Society of Film Critics, including best picture of 2010. For winners: www.nationalsocietyoffilmcritics.com.
• “Glee” head cheese Ryan Murphy told Entertainment Weekly that weekend rumors of a full-on tribute episode to tween sensation Justin Bieber are false. Murphy said “Those (tributes) are reserved for artists with big catalogs,” but fans will get to see one Bieber song performed this season.
• Beastie Boys’ member Adam Yauch said in a statement Friday that he’s still continuing treatment and is optimistic he’ll beat cancer, but contrary to reports, he’s not fully recovered. Yauch, known as MCA, disclosed in the summer of 2009 that doctors had discovered a tumor in his parotid gland.
• Model Petra Nemcova and British actor Jamie Belman are engaged to be married, according to UK Vogue. Nemcova, who has dated singer James Blunt and Oscar-winner Sean Penn, survived the 2004 tsunami that hit Thailand but lost her photographer-boyfriend Simon Atlee in the disaster.