TV Gears Up To Mark 60th Anniversary Of JFK's Assassination

Promotional efforts are in full swing for two documentary series coming next month on the life and death of President Kennedy, with more likely on the way.

The hook is the 60th anniversary of JFK’s assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

For historians and millions who lived through it, the date lives in infamy, on par with 9/11 in its shock value and significance.

To apply the old cliché, the murder of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, altered the course of human events and came to be considered by many as a turning point in American life and culture.



First up is National Geographic’s three-part documentary “JFK: One Day in America,” premiering all on one night -- Sunday, November 5, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Following an overview of the state of the nation and the Kennedy administration four months before the president’s death, “JFK: One Day in America” focuses narrowly on the events of November 22 and the days that followed. 

They were days of mourning and drama. A manhunt culminated in the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald, who was subsequently shot to death on live TV while in police custody.

And then, the sad, somber state funeral was broadcast globally and riveted the world.

Interview subjects in the documentary include Clint Hill and Paul Landis, retired Secret Service agents who were assigned to protect the president and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (pictured above on that fateful day) on their trip to Dallas.

Also interviewed is Buell Frazier, one-time co-worker of Oswald’s at the Texas School Book Depository. 

The two young men had a friendly relationship, and Frazier had driven his friend to work that day.

Later in November, a new documentary miniseries on History Channel will tell a broader story encompassing JFK’s life, political career, presidency and his murder.

The eight-part documentary, titled simply “Kennedy,” will play out over three consecutive nights: The first three hours on Saturday, November 18, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern; the second three on Sunday, November 19, also starting at 8 Eastern; and the final two on Monday, November 20, 8-10 p.m. Eastern.

The sprawling documentary’s 70-plus interview subjects include Conan O’Brien, long-time member of the JFK Library Foundation’s board of directors, according to History Channel; and actor Bruce Greenwood, now starring in “The Fall of the House of Usher” on Netflix who played JFK 23 years ago in the Cuban missile crisis movie “Thirteen Days.”

Based on long experience, the TV Blog expects that these two documentary miniseries are only the tip of the iceberg. Look for much more to come as TV gears up for this memorable anniversary.

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  1. Thomas Siebert from BENEVOLENT PROPAGANDA, October 25, 2023 at 9:16 a.m.

    Roger Donaldson's 13 DAYS is an excellent period geopolitical thriller, all the more impressive for its nailbiting suspense even though we know how everything turns out.

    It is encouraging to see the NatGeo doc talks with Paul Landis, the retired Secret Service agent who recently added to the neverending "freeze/thaw" Revelation of the Method regarding JFK's public ritual murder by finally admitting he placed the unblemished so-called "magic bullet" on the President's gurney after finding it inside the limousine.

    The retired Secret Service agent people should really be talking to, however, is Abraham Bolden, the first black American assigned to the Presidential Protective Division, appointed by JFK personally in 1961. Following the JFK hit, Bolden attempted to tell the Warren Commission about massive "laxity and irresponsiblity" of the agents watching over the President, including showing up to shifts "half-drunk" and multiple other concerning infractions. But Bolden was never interviewed by the Warren Commission; instead he was fired from the Secret Service, charged with accepting a bribe, and sent to jail for six years. To his credit (or whoever's really running his administration), Bolden was pardoned for his convicted crimes in April of last year by Joe Biden.

    Ah well, O Hell. I guess we've got to wait for at least one more generation of the Bush family to die off before we finally get something closer to the truth of what really went down on 11/22/63. Or maybe not. Probably not. 

  2. Mark Sutton from NHR, October 25, 2023 at 9:27 a.m.

    What's there to figure out?

    The most likely explanation is that Lee Harvey Oswald, a far-left wing terrorist, killed JFK.

    And the absurd theory that JFK was not going into Vietnam. If he wasn't, why did JFK support the coup and subsequent death of President Diem?

  3. Thomas Siebert from BENEVOLENT PROPAGANDA replied, October 26, 2023 at 8:50 a.m.

    Would this be the same Lee Harvey Oswald about whom it was revealed in declassified 2017 documents that “the CIA hired Lee Harvey Oswald when Oswald served in Atsugi [Japan].” The one who was quite poor yet inexplicably befriended by known CIA-asset George de Mohrenschildt in the months before the assassination? The same George de Mohrenschildt who reported in to E. Howard Hunt, a black ops specialist who confessed later in life to learning ahead of time of a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy, one that involved high-level figures in the CIA?

    That Lee Harvey Oswald? Just making sure.

    If you'd like more examples of "what there is to figure out," I'm easily found all across the internet to make your queries, Mark. Since, after exploring some of your other comments, you don't seem that far gone about Reality, I'll be happy to help you evolve your worldview. 

  4. Mark Sutton from NHR, October 26, 2023 at 9:57 a.m.

    I talking about the same Lee Harvey Oswald, a self-avowed communist, who defected to the USSR, married a Soviet woman, had a child with her, and participated in pro-comminust organizations.

    Please, I am sure everything on the Internet is 100%

    Any other Q-Anon, anti-vax, rabbit holes do you pursue?

  5. Thomas Siebert from BENEVOLENT PROPAGANDA replied, October 28, 2023 at 10:25 a.m.

    Ignoring the multiple misspellings and bad grammar in your response, Mark, let's focus on your dismissive "I am sure everything on the Internet is 100% true." 

    Bizarre comment. I would never claim that and did not. But I would be an even bigger fool to believe everything the U.S. Government, CIA, FBI, etc. tells me officially, which seems to be the subtext of your comment and prior post(s). 

    Every claim I make in my earlier comment is from previously classified documents that were only revealed via FOIA requests. There isn't any question about CIA hiring Lee Harvey Oswald during his time in Japan. There isn't any question about  CIA-asset George de Mohrenschildt being a CIA asset who reported in to black ops master E. Howard Hunt, nor that de Mohrenschildt inexplicably befriended Oswald in Texas. 

    While your comment shows a remarkably naive understanding of double-and-triple agents and spycraft, there is great irony to be found in how your immediate default to insults and moving the goalposts over "Q-Anon" and "Anti-vaxx" (what, no "fake moon landing"?) is a narrative-controlling and debate-negating device recommended by CIA in their notorious late-1960s "conspiracy theorists" memo to journalist assets under their control, which was sent out as a groundswell of doubt over the (now disproven) Warren Commission "lone gunman" conspiracy theory was gaining traction. IDK whether that is just a coincidence in your case, but it is worth pointing out for anyone still following this thread (likely nobody).

    But here's how we'll prove to all that you're all hat, no cattle. Another thing in that CIA memo instructed that if the insults and distractions and mockery don't work, or if you are challenged directly in open forum, the proper response is to deliver one last insult, refuse to debate, and withdraw. Thus:

    Why don't you and I have a live debate on the "lone gunman" theory on Zoom? We can record it for posterity. I'd love to be proven wrong. Show me the error of my ways, and bring all your receipts. All you have to do is stay on topic; no "Q-Anon," no "anti-vaxx," no "fake moon landing," no "Birds aren't real" distractions. 

    You Man enough for that? I doubt it, but surprise me, Mark. Surprise me. 

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