“The Kennedys” Miniseries Nixed, While A “Wicked” One Is Plotted

It’s a not so mini day for television miniseries news. First, we read that the History Channel will not be airing the eight-part series “The Kennedys,” starring Katie Holmes as Jackie O, that I was all excited for. Why? Well, apparently, it turned out to be historically questionable. “While the film is produced and acted with the highest quality, after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand,” a network spokesperson says. Does that mean we will never get a chance to see Katie in a pillbox hat?

A few clicks of the remote control away, Salma Hayek is busy developing an eight-part miniseries for ABC based on the book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. But I’m a little concerned about it. I should preface this by saying that I am a “Wizard of Oz” aficionado, and I read Wicked the first week it came out and saw the Broadway play in previews. I assumed for sure that whoever paid the mega-bucks for the screen rights to this story would make a movie. Oz is so full of incredible scenery possibilities it doesn’t seem right not to see them on the big screen with surround sound.

I also think it’s a little strange that the miniseries will be based on the book—not the smash hit Broadway play that has been packing in audiences for years now. The television version will not be a musical, which means no “Defying Gravity.” Furthermore, it’s being written by the dude who brought you “Band of Brothers,” which has me a little worried that it won’t be very … fun.

Also, I guess this means no Lea Michele as Elphaba, which would have made sense because she is a dead ringer for Idina Menzel, who originated the role on Broadway. While she might have been able to finagle a movie, there’s little chance her “Glee” contract would let her do a TV miniseries. Plus, the no singing would no doubt be a problem for her, too.

Guess we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out. Salma did produce “Ugly Betty,” so she may have a few tricks up her sleeve.