History Channel Plans Kennedy Miniseries

This photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy when he was still a senator, shows them aboard an aircraft arriving in California in 1960 during the primary campaign. It is among the photos in "Remembering Jack: Intimate and Unseen Photographs of the Kennedys," by John F. Kennedy's personal photographer Jacques Lowe.
The History Channel is planning its first scripted series and will base it on the Kennedys.

The cable network says the eight-hour series is called "The Kennedys" and will be told in a multigenerational manner akin to "The Godfather." The network says the series will depict a manipulative, egocentric father living out his ambitions through his sons.

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The personal drama of the clan will be included in the saga as well as the era's major events. Some of those include the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis and the civil rights struggle.

No casting has been announced for the series. It is scheduled to air in 2011.