“We don t enjoy controversy or want to pick a fight, but the history is the history,” network CEO Stan E. Hubbard tells PEOPLE. “When you watch this, there are incredible successes and unbelievable tragedies. The family stays together and they’re loyal to each other and to the country throughout the highest highs and the lowest lows.”
The eight-part controversial miniseries, costing $30 million to produce, will premiere April 3.
“The cast put their heart and soul into this, and with great care to accuracy of circumstances and visuals,” says Hubbard. “We’re so thrilled and proud of being able to step up and help this story be told that they so carefully created.”
The Kennedys was axed from the History Channel based on its depiction of the political family. A rep for A&E Television Networks had said, “After viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand.”
ReelzChannel is a digital cable network that has been around since 2006 and airs original programming about movies, as well as reruns of Ally McBeal, Brothers and Sisters and Cheers.
News of the miniseries going to ReelzChannel was first reported in The Hollywood Reporter.