JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary TV Roundup: A Complete Guide to Coverage
Friday marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, Texas, and both broadcast and cable networks are featuring special programming tied to the national tragedy. Here's a complete roundup of how you can catch daily coverage of the anniversary on TV, though many networks are offering supplemental coverage online as well.
*all times Eastern
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? (PBS, 10pm): Rerun of a 1993 Frontline special
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Today (NBC, 7 - 11am): Matt Lauer goes on a tour of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (formerly Texas School Book Depository), where Lee Harvey Oswald worked and fired the shot that killed JFK.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Today (NBC, 7am): Lester Holt looks back at JFK's presidency.
Good Morning America (7am): Preview of newly released audio recordings featured in Discovery's JFK: The Lost Tapes
JFK: The Lost Tapes (Discovery, 7pm): Featuring recently released recordings from Air Force One following the assassination, as well as recordings from Dallas police and reporters who were at the scene
The Lost Kennedy Home Movies (H2, 8pm): Footage of President Kennedy and his siblings growing up, as well as footage from his adult life
The American Experience: JFK (PBS, 9pm): Documentary featuring footage from the Kennedy archives as well as new information (originally aired Nov. 11)
The Assassination of President Kennedy (CNN, 9pm): The first in the 10-part documentary series "The Sixties," produced by Tom Hanks (originally aired on Nov. 14)
The Kennedy Assassination: 24 Hours After (H2, 10pm): Rerun of a 2009 special highlighting Lyndon B. Johnson's assumption of power
Friday, Nov. 22
Good Morning America (ABC, 7am): Live coverage from Dallas
CBS Evening News (CBS, 6:30pm): Scott Pelley anchors live from Dallas and interviews Clint Hill, a former Secret Service agent who was in the motorcade with President Kennedy. (CBSNews.com will also offer an online stream of its original broadcast Nov. 22, 1963, beginning at 1:48 p.m. ET.)
JFK: The Definitive Guide (History, 8pm): An examination of how Americans' views on government have changed since the JFK assassination.
Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis (Military, 8pm): Rerun of a 2012 special about the Cuban Missile Crisis
The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary (MSNBC, 8pm): Rerun of a 2009 special, hosted by Chris Matthews
Where Were You: The Day JFK Died (NBC, 9pm): A documentary nine months in the making, reported by Tom Brokaw.
JFK: In His Own Words (HBO, 9pm): Encore presentation of the 1988 documentary, featuring rare film footage and audio tapes
50 Years of Guns (MSNBC, 9pm): Hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton
Piers Morgan Live Special: The John F. Kennedy Assassination (CNN, 9pm): Special anniversary coverage
Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live (History, 10pm): A minute-by-minute account of the final two days of Lee Harvey Oswald's life before he was killed by Jack Ruby.
Nightline (ABC, 12:35am): Descendants from key participants in the day's events go back to the scene in Dallas
Other Links From TVGuide.com
- Rob Lowe
- Ginnifer Goodwin
- CBS Evening News
- Lester Holt
- Matt Lauer
- Tom Brokaw
- Good Morning America
- Dan Rather
- Brian Williams
- ABC World News With Diane Sawyer
- Bill O'Reilly
- Scott Pelley
- John F. Kennedy
- Jacqueline Kennedy
- NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams
- The Kennedy Assassination: 24 Hours After
- The Lost Kennedy Home Movies
- The Assassination of President Kennedy
- JFK: The Lost Tapes