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HERE COMES The Kennedys

The hot-potato miniseries, dropped by History and premiering on ReelzChannel April 3, dares to be unflattering-but what do its eight episodes, and its stars, tell us about these iconic figures?

1. JOHN

We see him taking painkillers and fooling around (not exactly news), but the show is generally respectful of his Presidency.

Greg Kinnear

A too-taut interpretation-shouldn’t JFK have some of that Don Draper charm?

2. JACKIE

Depicted as unhappy in her marriage and resorting to pick-me-up shots from the notorious “Dr. Feelgood.” Yet a fundamentally dignified portrait.

Katie Holmes

Looks strikingly right at times, but in the famous pink suit, she’s just a souvenir doll.

3. JOE

The ruthless patriarch spreads money and influence. You thought he handed out gumdrops?

Tom Wilkinson

A great turn that dominates the show: cruel, overbearing, smarmy, tragic.

4. ROBERT

Scrappy, wiry yet sensitive-pretty much the standard RFK of history. Except when he bullies Marilyn Monroe.

Barry Pepper

Believable, even if his prosthetic nose makes him look like a shaved Lincoln.

5. ROSE

Captures the matriarch’s devotion to her faith (but she’s cruel to Joe after his stroke).

Diana Hardcastle

Closer to a brunette Pat Nixon, but she has the right quaking intensity.

The Killing

Sunday, April 3, 9 p.m. ET/PT |

CRIME

After the shock of The Walking Dead, AMC rolls out a well-done but conventional series about Seattle cops investigating the murder of a teenage girl. As the lead detective, Mireille Enos (Big Love) is terrific and makes up for the sense that we’re revisiting terrain already covered-and reduced to parody-by Twin Peaks. Her face has a wide-open blankness that adds to the mystery: She looks sorrowful yet startled, like a baby who opened a snake-in-a-can. I’d watch her load a dishwasher.

PRODUCER TO THE STARS

JERRY WEINTRAUB

MUSIC, FILM … WHAT A CAREER YOU’VE HAD!

I started with zip. By 26, I was a multimillionaire. I’m the great American Dream.

EVER BEEN STARSTRUCK?

Yeah, Joe DiMaggio-until I got to know him through [Frank] Sinatra. I couldn’t have done what I did and worked with [Elvis, Cary Grant and George Clooney] had I been starstruck. As the guy in charge, I had to be assertive, and they had to believe I knew what I was talking about.

WHAT’S THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Once I say I’m going to do something, I do it. If I lose, I lose. If I win, I win. I’ve lost plenty of times, but I’ve won a lot more times.