9 TV shows looking at JFK’s death, 50 years later
The History Channel, National Geographic, and even Turner Classic Movies are airing Kennedy-related programming from Nov. 10-22.
McClatchy News Service
During the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, more than 300 distinctly different conspiracy theories have been proposed to explain what “really” happened.
The finger of blame has been pointed at 42 groups, 82 assassins and 214 people. No one, it seems, agrees on anything regarding that day in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
There are a multitude of Kennedy-assassination-conspiracy-themed documentary specials airing this month. Times may vary; check TV listings at seattletimes.com/entertainment.
Here are some highlights:
• “Killing Kennedy” (8 p.m., National Geographic Channel): Rob Lowe stars as Kennedy in a film based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The film charts the highs and lows of two men whose lives would eventually intersect with two murders that stunned a nation. The cast also includes Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy and Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald.
• “Capturing Oswald” (10 p.m. Tuesday, Military Channel): Retired Dallas Police Department homicide detectives and officers provide an account of the investigation that had JFK’s alleged killer in custody within 90 minutes of the shooting. Co-produced by Kate Griendling, granddaughter of Jim Leavelle, the detective handcuffed to Oswald when Jack Ruby shot him.
• “Cold Case JFK” (9 p.m. Wednesday, PBS): “NOVA” and a team of experts use sophisticated new technology to review the evidence. This includes testing the controversial single-bullet theory, with a team of firearms and ballistics experts using Doppler radar to study a reconstruction of the shooting.
• “Kennedy’s Suicide Bomber” (8 p.m. Nov. 17, Smithsonian Channel): Rare manuscripts, court documents and eyewitnesses reveal the largely untold story of Richard Pavlick, who stalked and plotted to kill Kennedy in Palm Beach, Fla., in December 1960.
• “The Day Kennedy Died” (9 p.m. Nov. 17, Smithsonian Channel): This documentary, from acclaimed director Leslie Woodhead (“9/11: Day That Changed the World”) and narrated by Kevin Spacey, chronicles the tragic day — from the president and first lady’s morning in Fort Worth and their arrival in Dallas on Air Force One, to the assassination and its aftermath.
• “JFK: The Lost Tapes” (7 p.m. Nov. 21, Discovery Channel): Newly released government tapes from Air Force One, combined with digitally remastered audio from the Dallas police force and radio recordings of on-site reporters, offer an intimate account of everything that happened after the assassination.
• “Faces of November” (11:45 p.m. Nov. 21, Turner Classic Movies): The last fourth of documentary filmmaker Robert Drew’s films about Kennedy, this one focusing on the assassination, released in 1964. TCM opens the evening at 8 p.m. with Drew’s earlier JFK documentaries. Following is Mel Stuart’s Oscar-nominated documentary “Four Days in November” (1964) and the 1963 movie “PT 109,” starring Cliff Robertson as Kennedy.
• “JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide” (8 p.m. Nov. 22, History Channel): Four out of five Americans — 80 percent — believe Oswald was not the mastermind behind planning the crime. This revelation comes from a survey conducted by History channel. History polled thousands of Americans to learn what the country does and doesn’t believe.
• “Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live” (10 p.m. Nov. 22, History Channel): A minute-by-minute account of the intense final two days of Oswald’s life: his attempt to flee, his capture by the police and the grueling interrogation by Dallas police detectives before he was shot.