"He knew the world in large and dramatic gestures," Jendresen says. "You had a sense that he was watching himself perform in every moment."
And Jesse Johnson, as Booth, exudes this flair for the showmanship, playing up Booth's every statements, every decision, to its theatrical extreme.
As a television docudrama, Killing Lincoln may not deliver the cinematic suspense of Lincoln or the escapist amusement of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. But for those who like their history served accurate, it makes for fine TV.
"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.