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When cable network REELZ announced Tuesday that it had cast Matthew Perry as the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in an upcoming miniseries, “Friends” fans (yep, they still exist) might have been excited. But the news was greeted with definite skepticism in “Kennedyland,” the loose network of loyal former aides and confidantes to the longtime lawmaker.

After all, if one thinks of Perry, the words ” ’90s sitcom guy” come to mind before, say, “legendary statesman.”

“Ugh,” was the succinct e-mailed reply of one former Kennedy-ite.

Jim Manley, a longtime Kennedy spokesman, was equally unimpressed with Perry’s casting. “He should have reconsidered his decision to boycott the ‘Friends’ reunion, because I can’t imagine this is going to work out very well for what’s left of his career,” he said.

(Perry, you might recall, was the lone “Friend” who didn’t appear in the one-off special tribute show last month.)

“The Kennedys-After Camelot” will air next spring, the network said in a release, and is based on the book, “After Camelot” by J. Randy Taraborrelli. Actress Katie Holmes will reprise her role as former first lady Jackie Kennedy from the previous REELZ series “The Kennedys.”

It’s far lower-brow than another Kennedy-centric project in the works: The upcoming film “Jackie” stars Oscar winner Natalie Portman in the titular role.

The four-part series focuses on Ted Kennedy’s life following the assassinations of his brothers, and “depicts his very complicated public and private life as he tries to live up to the Kennedy family political ambition and fill a male leadership void in the family itself,” according to REELZ.