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5 Shows After Dark: Beating a Dead Presidential Horse

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | November 10, 2013 | Comments ()


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Killing Kennedy on National Geographic Channel at 8:00pm ET. Original telefilm. I’ve seen a lot of Kennedy specials lately, I guess because it’s almost the 50th anniversary of the event. There’s a part of me that wonders how long the fascination with Kennedy and his death will persist, because I feel like it’s mostly a Boomer thing but I have met some younger people who seem to gleefully indulge in it. I’ve never had particularly strong feelings either way, but after Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning I’m less convinced that any government agency would be able to keep a secret that big for five decades. But I guess the fascination with the topic provides steady work for strong-jawed actors with good hair, so good for Rob Lowe. Also, Ginnifer Goodwin looks pretty great as Jackie.

Sunday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints on NBC at 8:20pm ET.

Boardwalk Empire on HBO at 9:00pm ET.

The Walking Dead on AMC at 9:00pm ET.

Masters of Sex on Showtime at 10:00pm ET. Mmm, that thing where I start to seriously contemplate how long I could survive on rice and beans to be able to afford premium channels with fancy TV shows.

Genevieve Burgess is evaluating that movie purely on aesthetics, because we all know how it ends.




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  • Uriah_Creep

    I remember JFK's assassination well. I was in elementary school, and the principal addressed us on the PA to break the news to us, before sending us all home. Keep in mind, this is a school in small-town Northern Ontario, Canada. The impact of that event was enormous, even in the relative depths of Canada.

  • Miss Jane

    I was in 2nd grade when it happened and remember having a very solemn conversation with my best friend as we walked home from school that we NEVER wanted our husbands to be President, because when they were done with them, they took them out back and shot'em.

  • BWeaves

    I was 4 when it happened. I remember being out shopping with my mother and everything went deadly quiet, and people started crying. My mother explained to me that the president had just died. It's one of my few very clear remembrances of my early childhood.

  • kirbyjay

    I was in the 5th grade. I can remember to this day, even as a kid, how the country went from light to dark in an instant. That was the worst winter and then the Beatles came and saved America, well most of America anyway.
    Imagine having a president you were proud of and believed in. The rest of the world loved the Prez and First Lady and most Americans did too. I think the continuing fascination with JFK will always be the question "what if....."
    I was from Massachusetts and of Irish heritage so I always had the feeling that he was ours.

  • e jerry powell

    Football is really beginning to disturb me. All the stuff that's surfacing about Incognito's general boorishness is making at least the Dolphins seem like an organized crime organization. If it's that bad in Miami, I can't even begin to imagine the kinds of heinousness going on in Dallas.

  • John W

    To me its this year's "bountygate", it's been going on in every locker room for years and we're just now getting a peek behind the curtain.

  • e jerry powell

    Also, with Goodell's push towards "cleaning up" pro football's image, the more that comes out, the harder his job gets. If he's serious about it, anyway. The athletes will have plenty of pushback about it.

  • e jerry powell

    I just watched the interview Incognito did with Fox Sports. He's not exactly helping himself, and Goodell is going to be working even harder on this PR nightmare than he did on Bountygate, though how much of a black eye the NFL will ultimately take is minimal -- Bountygate didn't do much to dampen the enthusiasm of the Saints fans, did it?

    Incognito's defect goes to the general idiocy of the sports culture, and it's not just the NFL, but the NFL has more money with which to pay people for shutting up and going away. If it were just this woman and the poor girl that Favre sent the dick shots to, it would be bad but isolated, but as we all know, it pervades not just the pros, but all the way down to high school sports.

    I was already feeling pretty bad for humanity, and that's not me being smug.

    I know, it's just sports, but sports is very little if not a microcosm of our culture. And like I said, if this is just the stuff we're hearing about, the stuff that hasn't come to light yet must be truly heinous. And Rae Carruth is probably the least of it.

  • John W

    If Comcast's offering of HBO Go is a success maybe Showtime will follow suit and you'll be able to just get Showtime.

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