Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) October 26, 2015 -- REELZ today announced a November schedule packed with high-profile, Kennedy-themed original programming anchored by the network’s new 10-episode documentary series "The Kennedy Files", which premieres Tuesday, November 10. The Kennedy family’s incredible journey through the corridors of power in Washington, Wall Street and Hollywood is one with great triumphs and glamour but one also layered with human frailty, folly and tragedy. Each one-hour episode of "The Kennedy Files" depicts a different facet of the Kennedy family, from the seemingly unshakable curse to cover ups both in and outside of the White House and the unbreakable bond between brothers John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. The series will premiere with the episode “John F. Kennedy Jr.” on Tuesday, November 10 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. A new episode will premiere every Tuesday at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT through January 12, 2016. "The Kennedy Files" is produced by Asylum Entertainment.
Kennedy-themed programming on REELZ in November kicks off on Saturday, November 7 when the fast-paced "Killing JFK: 50 Questions Answered" returns at 12pm ET/ 9am PT to unravel 50 top questions and mysteries surrounding the death of President Kennedy. Immediately following at 1pm ET/ 10am PT is the groundbreaking documentary "JFK: The Smoking Gun" focusing on the evidence that points to the accidental shooting of President Kennedy by a Secret Service agent riding in the car behind the presidential limousine during the chaos of the Dealey Plaza assassination attempt.
Saturday, November 7 also marks the premiere of the previously announced two-hour documentary special "Jackie: Behind Closed Doors", which makes its debut at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. Hosted by Natalie Morales of NBC News’ TODAY and produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, the special will explore the life and legacy of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.
Then, on Monday, November 16 starting at 9am ET/ 6am PT it’s the return of the award-winning eight-part miniseries "The Kennedys". Boasting an all-star cast led by Emmy®-nominee Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Barry Pepper who won the Emmy Award® for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his portrayal of Robert F. Kennedy, "The Kennedys" also features powerful performances from Emmy®-nominated Tom Wilkinson OBE as Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and Katie Holmes as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy who will be reprising her role as the iconic Jackie O in the upcoming REELZ miniseries "The Kennedys-After Camelot".
On Tuesday, November 17 at 8pm ET 5pm PT it’s the return of "Hollywood Scandals – 'The Kennedys'" leaving no stone unturned in an unflinching look at the Kennedy family, revealing the darker lineage that exists behind the name and glamour. Finally, "Celebrity Legacies- 'John F. Kennedy Jr.;" returns Tuesday, November 17 at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT giving viewers a fascinating look at what happened to his estate after his tragic passing.
Full show descriptions and additional airdates are below:
"Killing JFK: 50 Questions Answered" - Returns Saturday, November 7 at 12pm ET/ 9am PT
A fast-paced show that unravels 50 questions and mysteries surrounding the death of President Kennedy. From his ill-fated trip to Texas to the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald, the show examines every aspect of the tragedy that rocked the world.
Additional chance to watch on Tuesday, November 10 at 6pm ET/ 3pm PT.
"JFK: The Smoking Gun" - Returns Saturday, November 7 at 1pm ET/ 10am PT
"JFK: The Smoking Gun" is a two-hour documentary inspired by the book of the same name from veteran police detective Colin McLaren. The Australian spent four and a half years on a forensic cold-case investigation of JFK’s assassination and believes he has confirmed the source of the shot that killed the president. After reading Bonar Menninger’s "Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK" which details the 25 years of painstaking work done by ballistics expert Howard Donahue, McLaren committed himself to digging even deeper into the case with the discipline of his crime scene investigation experience. McLaren’s investigation marks the first and only time a qualified homicide detective has carefully analyzed the complete catalog of evidence, testimony and witness statements surrounding the JFK assassination using modern techniques and the most recently released information. Using state-of-the-art investigative tools and research methodologies, McLaren answers what is perhaps the most asked question of the last 50 years—who killed JFK? For those interested in going deeper into the books behind the story, "JFK: The Smoking Gun" and "Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK", are available to buy through links featured at http://www.reelz.com/smokinggun/get-the-books/. "JFK: The Smoking Gun" is produced by Muse Entertainment and Cordell/Jigsaw/Zapruder.
Additional chance to watch "JFK: The Smoking Gun" on Tuesday, November 10 at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT.
"Jackie: Behind Closed Doors" – Premieres Saturday, November 7 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT
Hosted by Natalie Morales of NBC News’ TODAY and produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, the special will explore the life and legacy of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. "Jackie: Behind Closed Doors" examines the story of a young woman, celebrated as a beautiful and stylish political wife. Later, as a young widow, she led a grieving nation and was widely praised for her grace and composure. But what was behind that dazzling smile? This is the portrait of Jackie that, until now, has remained behind closed doors.
Capitalizing on the vast offerings of the NBC News historical archives, the documentary will feature interviews with historians, biographers and contemporaries of the former first lady—as well as her own interviews—to tell this uniquely American story of success, heartache, survival and reinvention while sharing new revelations that will uncover previously unknown facts and insights into her life. As Jackie herself said: “Maybe I’m just dazzled and picture myself in a glittering world of crowned heads and Men of Destiny and not just a sad little housewife...That world can be very glamorous from the outside but if you’re in it and you’re lonely it could be a hell.” "Jackie: Behind Closed Doors" is produced by Peacock Productions, a division of NBC News.
"The Kennedy Files" - Premieres Tuesday, November 10 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT
The Kennedy family’s incredible journey through the corridors of power in Washington, Wall Street and Hollywood is one with great triumphs and glamour but one also layered with human frailty, folly and tragedy. Each one-hour episode of "The Kennedy Files" depicts a different facet of the Kennedy family from the seemingly unshakable curse to cover ups both in and outside of the White House and the unbreakable bond between brothers John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. "The Kennedy Files" is produced by Asylum Entertainment.
“John F. Kennedy Jr.” on Tuesday, November 10 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT– There’s rich and famous and then there’s John F. Kennedy Jr. No one has ever worn a heavier crown of expectations than John but it was how he navigated through life that revealed his complexity and grace while also redefining the very nature of celebrity.
“Jack & Jackie” on Tuesday, November 17 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT – Before Jay-Z and Beyonce or Bill and Hillary, there was Jack and Jackie who became the original power couple. Together they conquered the world, even as their marriage was rocked by infidelity, heart-break and power plays.
“Notorious Cases” on Tuesday, November 24 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT – A series of high profile Kennedy legal cases reveal the double-edged sword of fame and privilege. Justice may be blind but these cases reveal how the very name Kennedy can be a get out of jail free card or a target for vendettas.
“The Curse” on Tuesday, December 1 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT – Unusual accidents, untimely deaths – why do so many tragedies afflict one family? Is it a curse or does the very risk-taking that makes them rich, famous and powerful also steer the family toward danger and in some cases disaster?
“Family Secrets” on Tuesday, December 8 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT – Every family has them but no family has built higher walls around their secrets than the Kennedys who fend off relentless attacks from the media and tabloids to protect the family’s reputation and ambitions.
“Cover Ups” on Tuesday, December 15 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT – Becoming president isn’t just a matter of what you show America but what you hide as well. And when confronted with political peril—from mob connections to sexual encounters with possible spies—the Kennedy family writes a virtual magician’s handbook on how cover-ups are done.
“The Image” on Tuesday, December 22 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT – From fashion statements to presidential mannerisms, here is how the Kennedys redefined the look of power and set new standards for the rich and powerful.
“The Fortune” on Tuesday, December 29 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT – Behind every kingdom there is a fortune. Find out how the Kennedys became one of America’s wealthiest families and how that fortune fueled a dynasty known for its elaborate vacations and partying.
“The Brothers” on Tuesday, January 5 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT – They are the ultimate alpha males and the very symbols of confidence and charm. But behind the clean cut images reside complex psychological dimensions fueled by war and personal rivalries and an insatiable thirst for power. Who are the men behind the tans and smiles? Who are the real Kennedy brothers?
“The Legacy” on Tuesday, January 12 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT – Each generation of Kennedy children is born with a silver spoon yet not everything that comes with the Kennedy family name is easy, as the lives of the 21st century Kennedys reveal.
"The Kennedys" Returns Monday, November 16 at 9am ET/ 6am PT
Nominated for 10 Emmy Awards® with four wins, "The Kennedys" relives the public and private joys and tragedies of the most influential family in the world including fraternal rivalries, mob associations, the drugs and the women. The miniseries recreates the political crises that John F. Kennedy dealt with in the early days of his presidency including the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war and the Civil Rights Movement. Viewers will see every twist and turn of this family’s extraordinary story up to and including the assassinations of JFK and RFK. "The Kennedys" is a Muse Entertainment Enterprises production in association with Asylum Entertainment.
Episodes 1&2 air Monday, November 16 starting at 9am ET/ 6am PT
The Kennedys rally to put Jack in the White House but their difficult past illuminates a deeper struggle. The presidential election comes down to the wire and Bobby tells Joe Sr. he’s leaving politics.
Episodes 3&4 air Tuesday, November 17 starting at 9am ET/ 6am PT
When the Bay of Pigs invasion proves disastrous JFK makes a difficult decision he must later atone for. The Russians build a wall separating East and West Berlin while Bobby prepares to go after Sam Giancana.
Episodes 5&6 air Wednesday, November 18 starting at 9am ET/ 6am PT
Riots over desegregation in the South force JFK to act while Jackie’s use of amphetamines continues. Joe Sr. suffers a stroke and the Cuban Missile Crisis brings America and Russia to the brink of war. Jackie leaves JFK after one infidelity too many.
Episodes 7&8 air Thursday, November 19 starting at 9am ET/ 6am PT
Jack and Jackie suffer the loss of their newborn child. Then, she and JFK are in Dallas on that fateful day in November. Bobby blames himself for his brother’s death and five years later, tragedy strikes again.
Additional chance to watch The Kennedys on Saturday, November 21 when REELZ airs the first four episodes back to back starting at 12pm ET/ 9am PT. Then on Sunday, November 22 the miniseries continues with episodes five through eight airing back to back starting at 12pm ET/ 9am PT.
"Hollywood Scandals – 'The Kennedys'” - Returns Tuesday, November 17 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT
They are the best and the brightest: the Kennedys, American royalty and cultural icons. Yet behind the name and glamour exists another darker lineage. Born of ruthless patriarch Joe Kennedy, charges of murder, rape and drugs spread through the family tree like poison—until all that remains is scandal. From the questionable incidents surrounding Joe Kennedy’s insatiable ambition for a seat in the White House and the tragedies that hindered his goal, to Jackie Kennedy’s rumored indecencies and media cover-ups and the criminal allegations of Ted Kennedy and more, "Hollywood Scandals" leaves no stone unturned in this unembellished analysis of America’s royal family. "Hollywood Scandals" is produced by Asylum Entertainment.
"Celebrity Legacies – “'John F. Kennedy Jr.'”- Returns Tuesday, November 17 at 11pm ET/8pm PT
John F. Kennedy Jr. was a New York socialite, the media crowned prince of America’s royal family and heir to its most famous name. When his plane crashed into the Atlantic he left his entire multi-million dollar estate to his wife, Carolyn Bessette, but she and her sister tragically went down with him. Fueled by grief and despair the Bessette family goes after the Kennedys seeking retribution.
Additional chances to watch "Celebrity Legacies- “'John F. Kennedy Jr.'”:
-Thursday, November 19 at 12am ET/ 9pm PT
-Tuesday, November 24 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT
-Thursday, November 26 at 6pm ET/ 3pm PT
The network is also deep into pre-production for the upcoming miniseries "The Kennedys-After Camelot" based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s best-selling book, "After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present". Katie Holmes, who starred as Jackie Kennedy in "The Kennedys", will reprise her role as she evolves from the young first lady to becoming Jackie O. In addition, Holmes will also direct an episode.
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