The assassination: Yes, there's more . . .

TODAY'S TV

November 19, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

The Kennedy onslaught continues as more JFK assassination-related specials show up on TV tonight: two on A&E, one on CBS.

* "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (8-9 p.m., WBFFChannel 45) -- Tonight's "Brisco County" takes a page from the playbook of "Nichols," that cultish James Garner TV series, and presents horses and motorcycles in the same period Western. Since very few people saw "Nichols," or remember it, it seems a safe playbook from which to steal. And if you do remember, then this episode of "Brisco" sort of completes the cycle. Fox.

* "Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert" (9-11 p.m., WMARChannel 2) -- Joseph Wambaugh adapted his own novel for this new NBC television movie, which teams Teri Garr and Sam Elliott in what looks to be a potential series pilot. But it needs more respect: When Ms. Garr was the guest recently on "Late Show With David Letterman," he accidentally misread the title as "Danger in the Dessert." NBC.

* "CBS Reports: 'Who Killed JFK: The Final Chapter?' " (9-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- At least give CBS credit for being honest enough to put a question mark at the end of the title. Given the medium's cottage industry of JFK TV specials, there's no way this is the final chapter -- just wait until 1998, or 2003. This particular special borrows from many previous CBS news programs on the assassination (as well as a recent "Nova"), conducts new interviews, and presents a basic primer of biographies, chronologies, possible conspiracies and conservative conclusions. The most touching moment comes when host Dan Rather interviews Walter Cronkite about Kennedy's televised funeral coverage: Mr. Cronkite chokes up, fights back tears, and says quietly, his voice breaking, "Anchormen shouldn't cry." Yet Mr. Cronkite's depth of feeling, equally evident on the day JFK died, is part of what made him so beloved and trusted in the first place. CBS.

* "Bill Moyers' Journal" (10-11 p.m., WMPT, Channels 22 and 67-- This new, timely edition goes to Colorado to examine the rocky aftermath of the state's controversial "anti-gay" amendment. PBS.

Cable

* "Time Machine: 'Reasonable Doubt' " (8-9 p.m., A&E) -- Thidocumentary asks questions about JFK's death . . .

* "Investigative Reports: 'Who Killed JFK: On the Trail of thConspiracies' " (9-10 p.m., A&E) -- . . . And this program questions the questioners.

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