KOCE-TV, Orange County’s trusted PBS source for more than 35 years, today announced plans to present the exclusive premiere of “The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings,” a two-hour documentary adapted from Thomas Maier’s high-profile book of the same name. The program will air Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m.
“’The Kennedys’ is the most complete documentary ever to trace the unique Kennedy saga through in-depth examination of five generations of Kennedy and Fitzgerald families,” said Robert Kline, writer, producer and director of the film. “From enduring poverty and prejudice in Ireland, to John F. Kennedy’s occupation of the White House as the first Catholic president in U.S. history, this is the story of the triumphs and tragedies of America’s most famous immigrant family. It is a story that has gripped America for decades.”
Kline donated “The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings” to KOCE-TV for its exclusive premiere this April, after which the film will be distributed nationally by Warner Brothers Entertainment in November 2008 – a month that commemorates the 45-year anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination.
“Kline’s documentary is a historically-relevant depiction of love and tragedy within the Kennedy family – a story modeled by the common immigrant experience of Irish Catholics in America,” said Mel Rogers, president and general manager of KOCE-TV. “We are proud to broadcast the exclusive premiere of this monumental film, and look forward to sharing it with viewers throughout Southern California.”
“The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings” features narrative from members of the Kennedy family, including Senator Edward Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith, Caroline Kennedy, Eunice Shriver Kennedy, and First Lady of California Maria Shriver, as well as political leaders such as former President Bill Clinton, late President Gerald R. Ford, and Congressman John Lewis .
Robert Kline is the former executive vice president of 20th Century Fox and co-founder of the Lifetime Network. Kline is credited as the producer of Oliver Stone’s highly-acclaimed film, “Heaven and Earth;” as well as “Terrorism,” a series for the Discovery Channel; in addition to more than 200 documentary profiles examining the lives of the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, “Lady Bird” Johnson and Gloria Steinem to name a few. Kline also serves as a professor at both the University of Southern California and Chapman University, where he gives lectures on the Kennedy family. The film was created in cooperation with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
ABOUT KOCE-TV: KOCE-TV is the sixth-most watched PBS station in America with an estimated 5.8 million viewers* monthly. Currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, the station’s award-winning programming offers the fifth-largest county in the nation a long-standing community hub for local news, culture and features, and broadcasts the best available national PBS programs to the entire Southern California five-county region. Known for its outstanding dedication to education, KOCE Classroom serves more than a half-million K-12 students. A national Roper poll recently ranked PBS as number-one in public trust for the fourth consecutive year.** The winner of hundreds of awards, including Emmys and Community Service Awards, KOCE continues to be a vital community resource and connector for Southern California. For more information, please visit www.koce.org.
* Nielsen Station Index 2007
** Reported by the GfKRoper Public Affairs & Media poll (2007)