The Kennedys – After Camelot
Premieres Sunday, Apr. 2

About The Kennedys – After Camelot

The Kennedys-After Camelot is an original four-hour miniseries based on the New York Times best seller, “After Camelot: Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present” by best-selling author and biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli and stars Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Matthew Perry as Ted Kennedy. The Kennedys-After Camelot also stars Alexander Siddig as Aristotle Onassis, Kristen Hager as Joan Kennedy with Diana Hardcastle and Kristin Booth reprising their roles as Rose and Ethel Kennedy from the Emmy Award®-winning miniseries The Kennedys. Jon Cassar (The Kennedys) and Katie Holmes are directing from scripts by Stephen Kronish (The Kennedys) and Sandra Chwialkowska (Lost Girl). The Kennedys-After Camelot project was brought to producer Muse Entertainment by Keri Selig of Intuition Productions (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) who serves as an executive producer. Michael Prupas, Katie Holmes, Matthew Perry, Jon Cassar, Stephen Kronish, J. Randy Taraborrelli, Evan Tussman, Irene Litinsky and Jonas Prupas serve as executive producers along with Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels of Asylum Entertainment and Stan E. Hubbard, REELZ CEO.

Holmes makes another striking transformation into Jaqueline Kennedy for The Kennedys sequel, and this time she's joined by Matthew Perry.

The world has been searched, and JFK, Jr., has been found. Brett Donahue has been cast in the role of John F. Kennedy, Jr., in the REELZ four hour mini-series, The Kennedys – After Camelot. As the son of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr. was only three years old when his dad was assassinated. JFK Jr. grew up surrounded by Secret Service and faced his teen and young adult years with paparazzi and intense public interest in everything he did. Balancing personal interests and ambitions, family expectations and a nation’s dreams for a rebirth of Camelot, JFK Jr. navigated the complexities as a well-liked and respected man. As previously announced, The Kennedys-After Camelot stars Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Matthew Perry as Ted Kennedy, Game of Thrones’ Alexander Siddig as Aristotle Onassis, Kristen Hager as Joan Kennedy, with Diana Hardcastle and Kristin Booth reprising their roles as Rose and Ethel Kennedy from the Emmy Award®-winning miniseries The Kennedys. “We’re thrilled to introduce Brett Donahue in the role of John F. Kennedy Jr.,” said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of REELZ. “Brett completes an outstanding cast as he steps into portray such a well known and respected person. We are thrilled with the fit and we’re proud to bring this story to life for our viewers.” “Our casting team looked at dozens of young actors for this iconic role before we landed on Brett Donahue—whose final audition was absolutely riveting,” said Michael Prupas, CEO of Muse Entertainment, producers of the mini-series. Brett Donahue, whose work includes theatre, film and television, may be best known to American audiences from his roles in film and television productions including Total Recall (Columbia Pictures), Suits (USA Network) and Beauty and the Beast (CW/CBS). The Kennedys-After Camelot is based on the New York Times best seller, “After Camelot: Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present,” by best-selling author and biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli. Jon Cassar (The Kennedys) and Katie Holmes are directing from scripts by Stephen Kronish (The Kennedys) and Sandra Chwialkowska (Lost Girl). The Kennedys-After Camelot project was brought to producer Muse Entertainment by Keri Selig of Intuition Productions (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) who serves as an executive producer. Michael Prupas, Katie Holmes, Matthew Perry, Jon Cassar, Stephen Kronish, J. Randy Taraborrelli, Evan Tussman, Irene Litinsky and Jonas Prupas also serve as executive producers. Also serving as executive producers are Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of REELZ, and Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels of Asylum Entertainment. The Kennedys-After Camelot reunites several key crew members from the Emmy Award®-winning miniseries The Kennedys. Under the direction of Jon Cassar who won the Directors Guild of America award for best miniseries with The Kennedys, returning crew members include production designer Rocco Matteo, sound mixer Henry Embry, makeup department head Jordan Samuel and director of photography David Moxness – all of whom earned Emmy Award® nominations for their work on The Kennedys with Embry earning a win for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie and Samuel a win for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie. Also returning are first assistant director Libby Hodgson, casting director Deirdre Bowen, dialect coach John Nelles and writer Stephen Kronish. Muse Distribution International is handling all international distribution.

“Lights! Camera! Action!” can now be heard on the set of The Kennedys – After Camelot, as principal photography has begun on the follow-up to the Emmy-Award winning miniseries, The Kennedys, on Reelz. Katie Holmes reprises her role as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and she’ll be joined by Matthew Perry, previously announced as Sen. Ted Kennedy. Game of Thrones regular, Alexander Siddig, will portray Aristotle Onassis, and while the international search to fill the role of John F. Kennedy, Jr., continues, it has been revealed that Kristen Hager will play Ted Kennedy’s first wife Joan Kennedy, while Diana Hardcastle returns as the formidable Rose Kennedy and Kristin Booth returns as Ethel Kennedy. The creative excellence behind The Kennedys-After Camelot continues on the production side under the direction of Jon Cassar who won the Directors Guild of America award for best miniseries with The Kennedys. He is joined by several key crew members from The Kennedys who are reuniting to bring The Kennedys-After Camelot to life. Returning crew members include production designer Rocco Matteo, sound mixer Henry Embry, makeup department head Jordan Samuel and director of photography David Moxness – all of whom earned Emmy Award® nominations for their work on The Kennedys with Embry earning a win for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie and Samuel a win for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie. Also returning are first assistant director Libby Hodgson, casting director Deirdre Bowen, dialect coach John Nelles and writer Stephen Kronish. Kristen Hager joins the cast as Joan Kennedy. Hager has played roles in TV series Gotham and Masters of Sex but she may be best known for her work in Being Human. She’s also had movie roles in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and Wanted. Diana Hardcastle reprises her role as Kennedy family matriarch Rose Kennedy from The Kennedys. Hardcastle is also known for her movie roles in both Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movies, Good Woman and currently The Boy. She is also an accomplished theater actress who recently starred in William Boyd’s play The Argument which she performed at Hampstead Theater in London. Kristin Booth reprises her role as Ethel Kennedy from The Kennedys. Her movie credits include Defendor, This Beautiful City and Foolproof. Booth’s television credits include roles in Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Orphan Black. The Kennedys-After Camelot is based on the New York Times best seller, “After Camelot: Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present” by best-selling author and biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli. Jon Cassar (The Kennedys) and Katie Holmes are directing from scripts by Stephen Kronish (The Kennedys) and Sandra Chwialkowska (Lost Girl). The Kennedys-After Camelot project was brought to producer Muse Entertainment by Keri Selig of Intuition Productions (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) who serves as an executive producer. Michael Prupas, Katie Holmes, Matthew Perry, Jon Cassar, Stephen Kronish, Randy Taraborrelli, Evan Tussman, Irene Litinsky and Jonas Prupas also serve as executive producers. Also serving as executive producers are Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of REELZ, and Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels of Asylum Entertainment.  

Actor Matthew Perry will star as Ted Kennedy in The Kennedys-After Camelot, the follow up to the award winning The Kennedys. The new four hour miniseries is based on the New York Times best seller, “After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present” by best-selling author and biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli and will premiere on REELZ in spring 2017. Perry will also serve as an executive producer. Matthew Perry portrays 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. Perry joins Katie Holmes, portraying Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who despite her desire for privacy had arguably become the most famous and admired woman in the world. 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.

Katie Holmes, who starred as Jackie Kennedy in The Kennedys, will reprise that role as Jackie O in the new four-hour miniseries The Kennedys - After Camelot. In addition to starring in the new miniseries, Ms. Holmes will also direct one of the four episodes and will serve as an executive producer. The miniseries is based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's New York Times Best-Selling book After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family — 1968 to the Present. Taraborrelli's book takes a behind-the-scenes look at the family during the time "after Camelot" and is based on his extensive research, including hundreds of exclusive interviews. The book captures the wealth, glamour, and fortitude that the Kennedys are known for, and the miniseries is sure to do the same. The Kennedys - After Camelot reunites REELZ with the very talented production team behind the Emmy Award-winning The Kennedys that includes Muse Entertainment, Director Jon Cassar (who won the DGA award for the production) and writer Stephen Kronish.