"Letters to Jackie." If you think TLC's doc about the 800,000 letters sent to Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband's assassination is going to be a weeper, you're right. Soooo right. But in tears there is catharsis, and more than a little insight.
Americans of every sort began writing to the first lady from the moment shots were reported in Dallas and well into the months that followed. They wrote of grief, admiration, love and inspiration; they shared their own stories of loss and endurance; expressed their feelings for
And as important as the emotions expressed is the method of expressing them. In this modern text- and tweet-driven age, lamenting the loss of the letter has become beyond pat. Paper has gone the way of the quill and ink pot; we trust, somehow, that we will be remembered by thoughts scratched onto the digital ether. "Letters to Jackie" reminds us of how important letters -- tangible, lengthy and personal -- remain.
It's impossible to imagine words confined by a narrow space or written to a faceless multitude plumbing the depths of collective mourning, anger and gratitude the way these letters do, each of which is worth a thousand RIP tweets. TLC, Nov. 17, 9 p.m.
"The Walking Dead." Three words: The Governor's back. Zombies are at the gate, the prison is under siege from some
Finally, an opposing force worthy of Rick's once-again renewed leadership skills, not to mention Michone's samurai sword. Bring it on.
"Elementary." Last year's solid hit has slid a bit in ratings, and I personally must protest because the show keeps getting better and better. With each episode, the relationship between Holmes (
Is it as high-brow, super-sculpted and fancy as the
And those kinds of shows are much rarer than you think.
"Call the Midwife." For reasons I cannot recall, I missed most of the second season of this very fine if highly sentimental drama about London's East End in the 1950s. Fortunately, it is available on
Also, great sets, cool costumes, a smatter of nuns and loads of cute babies. Netflix, any time.