National Geographic Channel chose today — which would have been the diamond wedding anniversary of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy — to announce the premiere date for its JFK assassination movie. Anyone else creeped out by that? Anyway, Killing Kennedy, based on the book of same name by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, will premiere on Sunday, November 10. It’s timed to the 50th anniversary of the assassination. Killing Kennedy will be released globally in 171 countries, in 48 languages. NatGeo’s first original feature, Killing Lincoln, premiered in February to a crowd of 3.4 million, which made it the most-watched program in the network’s history. Killing Lincoln also was based on a book of same name also by O’Reilly and Dugard. (Watch an exclusive clip from Killing Kennedy after the jump.)
Rob Lowe, who plays JFK in the Nat Geo flick, called the Kennedy family our nation’s royalty at the recent TCA Summer TV Press Tour, and claimed that every president since had aped him. “They all just are like, excuse me, bad actors who found the greatest one who ever was and do their variation of that performance — every single one of them,” Lowe insisted. “I don’t want to call any of them out by name, but… I could imitate every President’s version of imitating President Kennedy, because he was The Man. He invented the — I mean, he was the first we all noticed, he was the first telegenic President. He was the first man who understood the medium. It’s become nothing but that now. So, of course, that’s where they would look.”
Killing Kennedy is produced by Scott Free Productions. directed by Nelson McCormick, with a teleplay by Kelly Masterson (Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead).