Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

David Letterman is one of the most-nominated people in Emmy history and now the former late night staple receives the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Join Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Martin and more as they honor the award-winning comedian on David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize – tonight at 8 on UNC-TV.

A year after the celebrated anchor’s death, Gwen Ifill’s alma mater is naming a school after her.

North Carolina’s economy relies on more than 180,000 migrant and seasonal workers to pick fruits and vegetables by hand and to process poultry. Explore the working and living conditions of these farmworkers on Harvest of Dignity – Wednesday night at 9 on the North Carolina Channel.

John Cleese’s tour of the US had an unfortunate downside – the comedian seems to have lost his diary in DC (or thereabouts).

We’re celebrating Thanksgiving with a bevy of special programming across our services. On the North Carolina Channel, join Chef Vivian Howard for A Chef’s Life Marathon beginning at 1. On the Explorer Channel, relive the pageantry and power of Masterpiece’s Victoria with a Season One Marathon starting at 3. And watch your favorite children’s literary classics come alive on UNC-TV, beginning with last year’s Anne of Green Gables movie at 2, followed by Pollyanna at 3:30 and the all-new Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars at 8pm.

And this may be one of the most bizarre Marvel-PBS connections ever but there’s a new Deadpool 2 trailer spoofing The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. Warning: the R-rated video may be hilarious but it is extremely Not Safe For Work. Moreover, let me say that it’s probably not safe for small children, pets and especially the humor impaired. However, it is a fantastic representation of just how much Bob Ross has permeated pop culture.

Now here are some familiar faces celebrating birthdays this week…

November 20

Judy Woodruff (PBS Newshour) has her 71st

November 21

Dr. John (Curious George) turns 77

Niall Toibin (Ballykissangel) celebrates 88

November 22

Terry Gilliam (Monty Python) marks 77

November 23

Michelle Gomez (Oliver Twist) has her 51st

Sue Nicholls (Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin) is 74

November 24

David Newell (Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) turns 79

Joe Howard (Square One TV) celebrates 69 years

Shirley Henderson (The Way We Live Now) is 52

Billy Connolly (Tracks Across America) has his 75th

November 25

Paul Copley (Last Tango in Halifax) turns 73

Francesca Gonshaw (‘Allo ‘Allo) celebrates 58

Ann Davies (The Sculptress) turns 84