Uh, maybe now we know why the History Channel and so many other networks passed on The Kennedys?

Forget a Kennedy curse, this eight-part miniseries seems pretty doomed in its own right.

Here's looking at you, Katie Holmes.

The miniseries will air on the ReelzChannel, and the trailer was just released online.

It's painful. Like, really painful. Tom Wilkinson rarely does any part wrong (though he's borderline here, must say), so it wasn't exactly he who made getting through the trailer hard.

But whenever the camera panned to Katie—or Greg Kinnear, as Jack Kennedy—we had such second-hand awkwardness.

Tom Cruise's wife looks nothing like Jackie O. At all.

And that's a problem because she only has a couple of lines featured in this clip, with the rest of her time being just shots of her face. All we can think about is what Anne Hathaway is going to do with this piece of SNL gold.

And Kinnear's atrocious Boston accent is already SNL material in itself, not to mention his unfortunate and pouffy Lawrence Welk Show hair, something Kennedy was famous for not having.

Really, we felt like we were watching a Katie Holmes/Kennedys parody here. Indeed, the series makes it seem the political family were nothing but a bunch of money-grubbing power snobs. The producers were obviously confused; they forgot they were supposed to take on the Bushes for that score, not the civil-rights renegades that were the Kennedys.

Dare we say this eight-part series didn't get picked up for a while because it's just friggin' bad?

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