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The Kennedys -- After Camelot: Matthew Perry Stars as Ted

15 March 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Friends' Matthew Perry will play the late Senator Edward Kennedy in Reelz Channel's sequel to The Kennedys TV mini-series. The Kennedys -- After Camelot is an adaptation of J. Randy Taraborrelli's book, After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present. Perry currently stars in The Odd Couple TV series on CBS.

Katie Holmes is set to return as Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Intuition Productions' Keri Selig is an executive producer on the series. Jon Cassar (The Kennedys) and Katie Holmes will direct from scripts by Stephen Kronish and Sandra Chwialkowska. Holmes and Perry also executive produce.



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Matthew Perry to Play Ted Kennedy in ‘The Kennedys: After Camelot’

15 March 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Matthew Perry has been cast as Ted Kennedy in ReelzChannel’s “The Kennedys” sequel series “The Kennedys: After Camelot,” the network announced Tuesday. Katie Holmes is reprising her role as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, which she originated on the channel’s original miniseries “The Kennedys.” The four-part “The Kennedys: After Camelot” will follow the story of Jackie and the family after the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy. Also Read: Katie Holmes Back as Jackie Kennedy in Reelz Sequel Miniseries 'The Kennedys: After Camelot' Also coming back are the production team of Muse Entertainment, director Jon Cassar and writer Stephen Kronish. »

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Matthew Perry to Star as Ted Kennedy Opposite Katie Holmes in ‘The Kennedys’ Sequel on Reelz

15 March 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Matthew Perry will play Ted Kennedy in “The Kennedys — After Camelot,” Reelz’s follow-up to the 2011 miniseries “The Kennedys,” Variety has learned.

Perry, who will also serve as an exec producer on the four-part mini, joins Katie Holmes who is reprising her role as Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The project is set to debut in 2017.

The “Friends” alum will portray Ted Kennedy in the years following the assassinations of his brothers Jack and Bobby and depicts his very complicated public and private life as he tries to live up to the Kennedy family political ambition and fill a male leadership void in the family itself. Jackie’s ties to the Kennedy family remained strong throughout her life and her relationship with her brother-in-law Ted grew ever closer as they constantly turned to one another for support and as confidantes, which will be reflected in the Reelz sequel project.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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TV Review: ‘Manson’s Lost Girls’

4 February 2016 7:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Coming 40 years after “Helter Skelter,” with countless cinematic portraits (including NBC’s recent “Aquarius”) in between, it would be hard for “Manson’s Lost Girls” to bring much new or fresh to the story. Still, this Lifetime movie – focusing on Linda Kasabian, who ultimately left the family and testified in court against them – is a credible account of that historical moment, albeit with a bit too much grooviness, perhaps unavoidably, for its own good. Featuring a solid cast of Hollywood legacies that almost surely cost less to assemble than the music rights, those fascinated by the Manson mythology shouldn’t be disappointed.

“I finally found my home, a family that loved me,” Kasabian (MacKenzie Mauzy) explains near the beginning, in a narration that runs throughout. In short order, she rifles through leaving her unpleasant home situation as a teen, having a baby, and eventually running into Manson’s followers, who »

- Brian Lowry

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Televisa USA Tackles Aztec Family Saga with ‘Luck of Huemac’

12 January 2016 9:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Televisa USA has recruited showrunner Michael Chernuchin to develop an English-language drama series based on the novel “The Luck of Huemac,” about the end of the Aztec civilization.

The project aims to depict the Spanish invasion in the pre-Columbian era from the perspective of an Aztec family. “Huemac,” based on the 1981 novel by Daniel Peters, is designed for a multi-ethnic cast.

Chernuchin, a season showunner, is coming off recent stints on Netflix’s “Marco Polo” and Starz’s “Black Sails.” Past credits include “Law & Order.”

Atalaya Prods. has partnered with Televisa USA on “Huemac.” The company, based in Santa Fe, N.M. and London, specializes in financing and producing historical dramas. Atalaya’s Giovanni Orlando and Irene Webb are serving as exec producers. David Sigurani, Televisa USA’s director of development, found and packaged the project for the U.S. production arm of Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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