"JFK." During the next two weeks, many networks are offering an assortment of documentaries and docudramas to mark the 50th anniversary of
In many ways, Kennedy was the first truly modern president. His keen awareness and understanding of the media, especially television, was as crucial to his success as a politician as his father's deep pockets or the famous Kennedy competitiveness. And his personal story, even stripped, as it is here, of certain mythologies and pocked by more unsavory truths, remains an American epic.
Although it is difficult not to succumb to the beauty of the Kennedy family in their endless array of home movies, or to be moved by the sheer grit of a man who rarely knew an hour without pain and yet always seemed to be on his feet and smiling, "JFK" does not romanticize its subject. His life of privilege, his incessant womanizing, his gimlet-eyed manipulation of the media are all given equal weight as his glamour and popularity, which makes each point that much more powerful.
"The Crazy Ones." Many were initially unconvinced by the
But in the last couple of episodes, "The Crazy Ones" has settled down, or at least settled in. The pacing has improved and Geller has relaxed. More important, Williams, who seemed to be plaintively carrying the show around in his own two hands, is now handing large bits of it off to the very able supporting cast, which includes the always excellent
Beckett too had a complicated back story, and each member of her police team has been given room to change and grow. The result is an addictive blend of clever crime procedural and easy-going character development, remarkably angst free, yet emotionally compelling week after week, year after year. Many things will no doubt thwart the Beckett/Castle nuptials and any hopes of a "normal" marriage (over on "Bones," Booth and Bones just solved a murder while on their honeymoon), but in this modern age of TV narrative, anything is possible, including a smooth transition from "Moonlighting" to "Hart to Hart." ABC, Mondays, 10 p.m.