Killing Lincoln Coddles History

The National Geographic docudrama stays close to historical record.

The National Geographic Channel docudrama 'Killing Lincoln' stays close to historical record.

The National Geographic Channel docudrama 'Killing Lincoln' stays close to historical record.

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"This ending is one of the most seminal endings of any true stories in American history," Jendresen says. "I think it's only appropriate that, during a time that there is this huge resurgence of interest in the 16th president, ... we had the opportunity to attempt to do a definitive, cinematic version of that ending."

Killing Lincoln premieres Sunday, Feb. 17 on the National Geographic Channel at 8 p.m.