Biography

Airs: November 23 at 6:45 PT/6:45 ET
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Starz in BlackStarz in Black has A Huey P. Newton Story, a 2001 Spike Lee directed film adaptation of the single person stage play created, written and performed by Roger Guenveur Smith as the Black Panther leader, at 6:45.

 

A Poet in New York
Airs: October 29 at 5:00 PT/8:00 ET
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BBC AmericaBBC America has A Poet in New York, a dramatization of Dylan Thomas’ years in the Big Apple in the early 1950s, at 5:00 PT/8:00 ET.  High marks for lead actor Tom Hollander, here are the reviews.

 

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B
Airs: November 15 at 8:00 PT/8:00 ET
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LifetimeLifetime has the biopic about the R&B singer who died in a plane crash at the age of 22, Aaliyah:  The Princess of R&B, at 8:00.

 

Airs: April 28 at 9:00 PT/9:00 ET
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HBOHBO has a profile of Ann Richards, the 45th governor of Texas (Democrat) from 1991 to 1995, in All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star  State, at 9:00.

 

Airs: November 11 at 9:00 PT/9:00 ET
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PBSCertain PBS stations have American Experience at 9:00.  Tonight is part one of a two part bio on John F. Kennedy.  The documentary explores Kennedy’s childhood years as the overlooked second son of a multimillionaire, his early political career as a lackluster congressman, his subsequent successful run for the senate, and the election victory that turned him into the youngest elected president in U.S. history.  The film also re-evaluates JFK’s strengths and weaknesses in the Oval Office and looks at how he navigated some of the most explosive events of the mid-20th century: the Cuban missile crisis, the escalating conflict in Southeast Asia, and the urgent demands of an increasingly impatient civil rights movement. It also provides new insights into his private life. (Part 2 airs tomorrow).  The critics are impressed with this doc with one saying that it “stand[s] out in a sea of laudatory specials,” here are the reviews.

 

Airs: November 12 at 9:00 PT/9:00 ET
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PBSCertain PBS stations have part two of American Experience:  JFK, the two part bio of the former president.  The critics were impressed with this doc, here are the reviews.

 

American Experience
Airs: August 10 at 8:00 PT/8:00 ET
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PBSCertain PBS stations have a two part look at LBJ on tonight’s edition of American Experience at 8:00 (with part two at 10:00), check local listings.

American Experience
Airs: August 12 at 9:00 PT/9:00 ET
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PBSNixon is the focus of tonight’s episode of American Experience, on certain PBS stations at 9:00, check local listings. Old Tricky Dicky doesn’t look so bad anymore, does he?