Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Daily News list of upcoming JFK shows

THE ASSASSINATION of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, not only changed the course of America, it changed the course of television.

The flickering black-and-white glow from tens of millions of TV sets linked the country in shock, disbelief and grief.

So it's fitting that television will look back repeatedly on that terrible moment as we move into the 50th-anniversary month.

All the major networks and news channels will carry retrospectives. Here are some highlights:

Nov. 3 : “JFK: The Smoking Gun,” 8 p.m., Reelz. The boldest of the bunch, with Australian investigator Colin McLaren concluding that the fatal shot was accidental friendly fire and the truth has been covered up. On Nov. 4 at 10 p.m. on Reelz, reporter Bill Kurtis questions McLaren and others about his conclusions.

Nov. 8 : “JFK: The Final Hours,” 8 p.m., National Geographic. Focusing on his human side.

Nov. 9 : “50 Years of Questions: The JFK Assassination,” 9 p.m., Fox News Channel. Bill Hemmer hosts.

Nov. 10 : “Killing Kennedy,” 8 p.m., National Geographic. Dramatizing Bill O'Reilly's book on the assassination, with Rob Lowe as Kennedy and Ginnifer Goodwin as his wife, Jackie. O'Reilly accepts that Oswald was the killer and paints a negative picture of Kennedy's “Camelot.”

Nov. 11-12 : “American Experience: JFK,” 9 p.m., PBS. A typically thorough PBS documentary on Kennedy, with comments from family members and historians.

Nov. 12 : “Capturing Oswald,” 10 p.m., Military Channel. An admiring look at the work of the Dallas Police Department, including an interview with Jim Leavelle, the officer who was handcuffed to Oswald when he was killed.

Nov. 13 : “Nova: Cold Case,” 9 p.m., PBS. Applying modern forensics to see if there's a better answer to who did it.

Nov. 13 : “Secrets of the Dead: JFK: One P.M. Central Standard Time,” 10 p.m., PBS. A minute-by-minute account of what happened from the time shots were fired until CBS anchor Walter Cronkite announced the President was dead.

Nov. 14: “The Sixties: The Assassination of JFK,” 9 p.m., CNN. Putting the assassination into the context of the times.

Nov. 16 : “As It Happened: John F. Kennedy, 50 Years,” 9 p.m., CBS. Hosted by Bob Schieffer, who was in Dallas that day. On Nov. 17, Schieffer anchors “Face the Nation” from Dallas, and Charles Osgood looks at Kennedy's legacy on “Sunday Morning.”

Nov. 17 : Tribute and panel discussion on “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” 10 a.m., ABC.

Nov. 17 : “Kennedy's Suicide Bomber,” Smithsonian, 8 p.m. An intriguing footnote about an aborted attempt to kill Kennedy before he took office.

Nov. 17 : “The Day Kennedy Died,” Smithsonian, 9 p.m. Another minute-by-minute account, using rare film, photos and eyewitnesses. Kevin Spacey narrates.

Nov. 19 : “Frontline: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?” Another exploration of the man with the rifle in the book depository.

Nov. 21 : “JFK: The Lost Tapes,” 7 p.m., Discovery. Police radio and other tapes recorded the day of the assassination.

Nov. 22 : “JFK: The Day That Changed America,” 7 p.m. and “The Kennedy Brothers,” 8 p.m., MSNBC. Both hosted by Chris Matthews. Also on MSNBC: “50 Years of Guns,” 9 p.m., hosted by Al Sharpton.

Nov. 22 : “JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide,” 8 p.m., History. Overview of the killing and its ramifications.

Nov. 22 : “Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live," 10 p.m., History. A History poll found 74% of Americans think Oswald was set up as the fall guy. This two-hour special looks at his last two days.

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