The Rain May Never Fall (Television Thoughts: The Kennedys After Camelot, Reelz)

073132I was looking for something to binge watching and decided to do the Reelz mini-series ‘The Kennedys: After Camelot,’ which I realize after is a continuation of a Kennedy early-years series the network had – which I never saw. This is just bad, and not even a hate-watch camp kind. Writer Stephen Kronish has made a dull story of all these characters, focusing mostly on the scandal and tragedies. Surely this family did more and meant more than the sensational stories? He doesn’t seem to like any of these characters he is writing about. Katie Holmes is fine enough as Jackie, but I can sometimes see the boredom in her eyes, alternating with ‘I can’t believe I am reciting these lines.’  Matthew Perry must have thought this was a prime role for him for he executive produced this as well, but he is an unconvincing Ted Kennedy, with his accent weaving in and out on the same scenes. The series, based on a book by J Randy Tarborelli is skewed more to the celebrity angle – a historic bill introduced by Ted Kennedy on Healthcare is treated almost as an afterthought, and the later scenes involving John F Kennedy Jr seemed to have been taken out of National Enquirer. I had a lot of laundry to fold and this show kept me company through most of it – that’s as close to a compliment I will give this show.

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