Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

After I mentioned last week that the UNC-TV lobby is currently being renovated, I remembered I had once taken a photo of said lobby (prior to renovation) and thought I’d share. If you’ve visited our RTP facilities for a tour or to volunteer or maybe even as a guest on one of our local productions then you’ve passed through this gateway to the UNC-TV studios.

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This shot was from the second floor walkway. After the renovations are completed, I’ll take another pic so we can compare and contrast.

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

Saturday night’s episode of DEATH IN PARADISE (in which the leader of a spiritual retreat met an untimely end) presented a few guest stars worth mentioning. By no means are these household names but that’s the point – you see a face on a TV show you vaguely recognize from somewhere and you ask yourself, “Where do I know that actor?”

Sam Hoare played Daniel Friend, the owner of the spiritual retreat. (And, yes, that’s the same Sam Hoare who’s having a birthday this week.) Hoare has appeared as James Robinson in Dark Angel, he was Eric in Dancing on the Edge and played Lynn Brother in a 2007 Masterpiece adaptation of Jane Eyre. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Join Margaret Hoover for a public affairs talk show that delivers a civil and engaging contest of ideas among the brightest minds and freshest voices from across the political spectrum. Don’t miss FIRING LINE – Friday nights at 10:30 on the North Carolina Channel.

Michelle Dockery talks about life after Downton Abbey and her role in the Netflix western GODLESS. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Currently, we here at the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Communications Center are having our lobby renovated. We’ve been here in our RTP facilities going on 30 years now so I guess a slight facelift is well deserved. During this transition, however, the two display cases that house some of our many awards and accolades have been moved to a corner on the second floor opposite the elevator. And the statuettes and trophies contained within those cases have been unceremoniously dumped into plastic baskets and stored next to those cases. I snapped this shot of the many Emmys and SECA Awards and plaques and acknowledgements and whatnot as they patiently await their return to a prominent showcase in our newly-renovated lobby.

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Hmmm… Lots of brass here. Wonder if anyone would miss a Cable Ace Award?

Koko Speaks No More

Koko, the western lowland gorilla best known to the public for mastering sign language, has passed away. According to the Gorilla Foundation, the 46-year-old Koko died in her sleep Tuesday morning.

Born at the San Francisco Zoo on Independence Day in 1971, Koko, originally called Hanabi-ko (Japanese for “fireworks child”), amazed and delighted caretakers, scientists, celebrities and the world at large through her ability to communicate via a modified form of American Sign Language (she was taught at an early age by Dr. Francine “Penny” Patterson) and her empathy for people and animals alike.

The Gorilla Foundation said of their late charge, “Her impact has been profound and what she has taught us about the emotional capacity of gorillas and their cognitive abilities will continue to shape the world.”

The incredible gorilla has been featured in print and on TV – including several PBS shows and documentaries. KOKO: THE GORILLA WHO TALKS aired in 2016 and I recall both KOKO’S KITTEN and A CONVERSATION WITH KOKO as titles from years past.