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John F. Kennedy Mini-Series Nixed for U.S.

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America's first family of politics is promoting a new online project for the Kennedy Presidential Library, as it also reportedly tries to keep a TV mini-series about the family from airing.

"Early Show" news anchor Jeff Glor reports that part of this story is tied to next week's 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's inauguration.

The Kennedy Library and archive is now online as the family fights a new battle over his legacy.

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Glor observed that, all these years later, the images of JFK's inauguration can still captivate. Now, historians and fans of the 35th president have unprecedented access -- his presidential library has gone digital -- and online.

Caroline Kennedy said, "He inspired a generation who inspired their children, they transformed America, and that's why, 50 years later, his legacy still resonates."

The material covers a wide range, including a dramatic telephone call with former president Eisenhower about the Cuban missile crisis. Kennedy can be heard in the call asking, "What's your judgment as to the chances that they'll fire these things off if we invade Cuba?" Eisenhower responds, "Oh, ah, I don't believe they will." Kennedy is then heard saying, "You don't think they will."

Photos capturing the first family are also included in the online archive. Among them: the always-stylish Jackie, the Kennedy kids -- John-John and Caroline at play --- and of course, John F. Kennedy himself.

While these archives present fact, the Kennedy story has spawned plenty of historical fiction Glor notes. The latest project is the History Channel's most expensive production ever -- a $30 million mini-series called "The Kennedys." It stars Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear.

However, the series may never be widely watched, reportedly due to the influence the powerful family still wields.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver torpedoed the project.

Jamal Simmons, a Democratic strategist, said, "They're very concerned about that legacy, and they want to protect that, so for them, they clearly saw something in that mini-series that they didn't like."

The History Channel has only said that the program was "not a fit for the History brand."

Glor added that "The Kennedys" will air in about 30 other countries, including Canada. And producers say they're confident they will find another outlet for American audiences.

"Early Show" co-anchor Erica Hill menitoned a possible DVD format.

Glor said, "The question now is, is it a bigger deal because it got nixed?"

Hill said, "I would say, 'Yes.' Because we're talking about it."

Co-anchor Chris Wragge added, "Big money, big actors and actresses in it. It's got to see the light of day somewhere."