TV - The Kennedys After Camelot

Steve Taylor-Bryant gets news of some welcome casting in a sequel...

A while back I got to finally watch The Kennedys and to be honest it was okay. Katie Holmes, an actress who doesn't normally impress me, was quite a convincing Jackie but the show just didn't stand out for me. It's not helped by the fact that that particular period of time and those particular historical figures have been the subject of so many films and television shows that The Kennedy's just didn't add anything new for the viewer to set it aside from other projects. Then this week the television network responsible announced a sequel and a piece of casting that did make me sit up and take notice.

The Kennedys: After Camelot will focus on the time after the two brothers assassinations and concentrate on the Kennedy who doesn't have so many films about him, Ted. Teddy Kennedy is a fascinating man who had quite the tumultuous personal life and at same time had to become an almost reluctant head of the worlds most family, the heir by default if you will. To carry off the role you need a great actor that knows a little of politics whilst having an experience of a life that has maybe not run so smoothly to get the little intricacies perfect. Step forward one of my favourite television stars, Matthew Perry, who most of the world still annoyingly refer to as 'Friends star Matthew Perry,' which does his talent a massive disservice. Perry has taken some fantastic roles since Friends ended and, in particular, shone in The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and was brilliant in a Sky Arts short a few years ago. He most definitely has the skill to bring something different to a Kennedy based drama and I for one am really excited.

The Kennedys: After Camelot in based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to Present and starts filming in May with an early 2017 slot for release.

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