On Nov. 22, America marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy – and television is giving viewers plenty to think about.
“NOVA: Cold Case JFK“ (PBS, Wednesday, Nov. 13): With a nod to the enduring conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination, the science series enlists modern investigators with state-of-the-art forensic tools to see if they can do a better job sorting out the evidence than was done in the ’60s.
“Secrets of the Dead: JFK: One PM Central Standard Time“ (PBS, Wednesday): CBS news footage chronicles the assassination minute by minute, including Walter Cronkite’s emotional report of Kennedy’s death.
“Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy” (TLC, Nov. 17): Actors including Laura Linney and John Krasinski bring to life some of the condolence letters written to Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband’s death.
“WHERE WERE YOU? The Day JFK Died Reported by Tom Brokaw” (NBC, Nov. 22): Brokaw asks people how the assassination changed their lives and what the world might be like today if it hadn’t happened. Joining him is Dan Rather, who made a name for himself with his report on the day of the event.
On Nov. 21, Turner Classic Movies presents four films by cinema verite pioneer Robert Drew: “Primary” (1960), “Adventures on a New Frontier” (1961), “Crisis” (1963) and “Faces of November” (1964).
Following the Drew films are director Mel Stuart’s “Four Days in November” (1964) and the drama “PT 109” (1963).