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James Franco Romps Through 1963 Dallas, Tries to Save JFK Today on Hulu

With the Grammys and a new miniseries about the JFK assassination, North Texas is all over your TV tonight.

It’s Presidents’ Day, and the offices at the D Magazine Central Command Center are closed for the occasion. We’re enjoying the day off, and we hope you are also fortunate enough to be spending George Washington’s birthday on a quality rest and relaxation kick.

We, as always, have some suggestions for things to do in Dallas today. If you, like us, plan to spend at least part of the day sinking into the couch, we have a couple other suggestions. With the Grammys and a new miniseries about the JFK assassination, North Texas is all over your TV tonight.

Watch the partially shot-in-Dallas Hulu miniseries 11.22.63, which premieres today. We’ve put together a guide to all the local places and people to look for in the show, which follows an English teacher who resolves to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy after traveling back in time to 1963.

The project has some big names attached to it. 11.22.63 stars James Franco, was produced by J.J. Abrams, and is based on a novel by Stephen King. The show could very well be terrible despite that pedigree, but we’re curious to see whether all the nightmarish traffic caused by filming at Dealey Plaza last October was worth it. We’ll report back Tuesday either way.

A few other North Texans will also be appearing on your TV tonight at the Grammy Awards. Fort Worth’s Leon Bridges was snubbed for Best New Artist, but he is up for Best R&B album. Arlington a capella group Pentatonix and Don Henley are among the the other local nominees. The Grammys, as you may know, are irrelevant, dishonest, and often hilariously off base — Jethro Tull’s 1988 win for best metal album is frequently held up as one such example.

But we like to root for the home team in any situation, and the Grammys — for better and mostly worst — remain the most prestigious awards in the music industry. Bridges is facing some stiff competition with D’Angelo and Jazmine Sullivan, but the Fort Worth soul singer probably shouldn’t need the validation. Anyway, go Leon, and happy Presidents’ Day.