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National Geographic Channel's 'Killing Kennedy' screens in D.C.

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 9:11am  ET

Killing Kennedy (WTOP/Bob Madigan)
The Washington premiere of 'Killing Kennedy' was held at the Newseum where a number of stars including Rob Lowe walked the red carpet. (WTOP/Bob Madigan)
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WASHINGTON - Nearly 50 years after President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, Texas, the National Geographic Channel is presenting a TV experience about events surrounding JFK's death, which premiered in D.C. Monday night.

The National Geographic Channel is presenting "Killing Kennedy" what they call "an entirely new take on the story you thought you knew." The Washington premiere was held at the Newseum in where a number of stars, including Rob Lowe, walked the red carpet.

Adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, "Killing Kennedy" focuses on major turning points for both the future president and his assassin.

John F. Kennedy is played by Emmy-award winner Lowe. Lee Harvey Oswald is played by newcomer Will Rothhaar, Michelle Trachtenberg plays Marina Oswald and Ginnifer Goodwin portrays Jackie Kennedy.

Screenwriter Kelly Masterson says she is extremely pleased with how Rothhaar captures Oswald, but he admits because little is known about the assassin, he had to take some liberties to create a whole character.

"If I had to put a number on it I would say 75 percent historical accuracy and 25 percent my invention to bring him to you," Masterson says.

Through the screen play we see both Kennedy and Oswald's highs and lows, culminating in not one, but two shocking deaths that stunned the nation and undeniably changed the course of history.

"Killing Kennedy" is being called a global TV event by The National Geographic Channel. It will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.

Below is a trailer of "Killing Kennedy."

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