Thu, 07/23/2009 - 8:00pm
Pictured: Martin Sheen as Kennedy
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Forty-five years after his death, John F. Kennedy remains one of America’s most celebrated and influential leaders. He was the nation’s first Roman Catholic president, its richest, the youngest man to be elected to the presidency and, tragically, the youngest to die in office. His administration attracted some of the most brilliant young men and women in America, and the seemingly idyllic relationship between him and his beautiful wife Jackie captured the imagination of people the world over. Kennedy airs Thursday, July 23 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011/ cable 11). The dramatic tale of John F. Kennedy and his famous family, starring Martin Sheen (The West Wing, Apocalypse Now, The Departed) as JFK, is the definitive behind-the-scenes story of his triumphant and tumultuous years in office.
Beginning the night before his election in November 1960 and going up to the afternoon of his assassination on Nov. 22, 1963, Kennedy covers the momentous events of the administration—including the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, the racial conflict that plagued the southern United States, the escalating involvement in Vietnam, and the Cuban Missile crisis. The miniseries also chronicles Kennedy’s active private life, from the death of his infant son to his numerous high-profile affairs to his battles with the sinister J. Edgar Hoover.

Featuring actual news footage and an all-star supporting cast, including Blair Brown as Jackie Kennedy and E.G. Marshall as Joe Kennedy, Kennedy is a gripping, unforgettable portrait of one of America’s most memorable heads of state.