TLC Announces Two-Hour Movie About JFK Jr.’s Long-Secret 1996 Wedding

During Discovery’s upfront presentation this evening in New York, cable network TLC announced it is planning an original, two-hour movie about John F. Kennedy Jr.’s long-secret 1996 wedding.

Kennedy married Carolyn Bessette on September 21, 1996, at Brack Chapel on Cumberland Island, GA. — a location chosen for its coastal isolation. The couple had been a paparazzi staple since meeting years before, and Kennedy had been born in the brightest spotlight imaginable as the son of the Camelot White House. The couple died in a plane crash off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in July 1999.

Speaking during the upfront at Alice Tully Hall, Discovery’s Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer Kathleen Finch included a very brief mention of the project during her portion of the program, saying the acquisition of footage from the event made the film possible.

A few seconds of sizzle-reel footage played and a low murmur rippled through the crowd. “It’s going to be quite an evening,” Finch said of the airdate, which was not specified.

Here’s the official logline for JFK Jr. & Carolyn Bessette: A Camelot Wedding (working title): “In 1996, America’s Prince Charming, John F. Kennedy Jr., married the love of his life, Carolyn Bessette, in a ceremony that was designed to keep the media and the paparazzi away. Now, for the first time ever, 20 years after we lost him and his beautiful wife in a tragic plane crash, TLC takes viewers inside the couple’s lives with never-before-seen footage from their fairytale wedding. The two-hour special celebrates JFK Jr. and Carolyn’s life and incredible love for one another, capturing their wedding weekend on Cumberland Island, GA for a first-hand look at everything from the joyful rehearsal dinner, to the magical ceremony, to the intimate reception. With new commentary from famous wedding guests, friends and family, this remarkable special offers a fresh look at the lives of America’s most famous couple.”

Critical Content is producing JFK Jr for TLC. The executive producers for Critical Content are Tom Forman, Jon Beyer, Cynthia Stockhammer and Billy Noonan.

Discovery, which just closed its acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive for $14.6 billion, has continued to see strong results from TLC.

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