The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy is not going unremarked upon by television. All of the major broadcast networks and 24-hour cable news outlets are commemorating the tragic day as well as highlighting Kennedy’s presidency in reports across their news programming, including the morning shows and evening newscasts.
Additionally, there will be a plethora of specials all over the cable dial. Here are a dozen options:
“JFK: The Final Hours,” Nov. 8, National Geographic Channel, 8 p.m. A look at the titular time frame, narrated by actor Bill Paxton.
“American Experience: JFK,” Nov. 11-12, Channel 2, 9 p.m. A four-hour, two-part special on the entirety of Kennedy’s life.
“Nova: Cold Case: JFK,” Nov. 13, Channel 2,
9 p.m. Using modern scientific and technological techniques to examine the assassination.
“Capturing Oswald,” Nov. 12, Military Channel, 10 p.m. Retired homicide detectives and officers from the Dallas Police Department discuss that day, including the detective handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when he was shot by Jack Ruby.
“JFK: One PM Central Standard Time,” Nov. 13, Channel 2, 10 p.m. The season 13 premiere of “Secrets of the Dead” recounts media coverage and is narrated by actor George Clooney.
“As It Happened: John F. Kennedy 50 Years,” Nov. 16, CBS, 9 p.m. Hosted by anchor Bob
Schieffer, who was in Dallas that day as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
“The Sixties: The Assassination of JFK,” Nov. 16, CNN, 9 p.m. The first episode in a 10-part series co-produced by Tom Hanks’s Playtone production company.
“Letters to Jackie,” Nov. 17, TLC, 9 p.m. The first lady received more than 800,000 letters of condolence in the wake of the assassination of her husband. This special features 20 actors — including Viola Davis, Laura Linney, Channing Tatum, and Betty White — reading some of the missives.
“JFK: The Lost Tapes,” Nov. 21, Discovery,
7 p.m. Newly released recordings — including audio from Air Force One and the Dallas police — are assembled to help recount events.
“JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide,” and “Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live,” Nov. 22, History, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Back-to-back programs that examine the assassination, including the many conspiracy theories regarding Oswald.
“Tom Brokaw Special: Where Were You?,” Nov. 22, NBC, 9 p.m. The former NBC anchor interviews a wide range of people about the moment they heard the news.