Street Meets

SESAME STREET was one of the 2019 honorees at the Kennedy Center (the first TV show to receive the prestigious honor). Check out this cute little video featuring Cookie Monster, Elmo and Big Bird. Come for the very nice Sally Fields joke … stay for the impromptu rendition of Earth, Wind and Fire’s September.

50 Years Of Sunny Days

SESAME STREET premiered November 10, 1969. Fifty years later the series is enmeshed into our pop culture psyche in a way few TV shows have managed to achieve. If you’ve missed the news coverage of this golden anniversary, here are a few choice articles about the program that taught us it’s okay to love trash and that cookies are a sometimes food.

The British network ITV talks about the show’s landmark birthday.

BBC News lists five moments that define the show’s half century.

USA Today examines how the children’s series broke new ground.

Time discusses Big Bird’s ability to make friends wherever he goes. Continue reading


One day to go!

Sneak previews and early screenings aside, DOWNTON ABBEY, the film follow-up to the hit MASTERPIECE series, premieres in cinemas tomorrow! Let’s make this the number one film in the country, folks! See it early and often. Whatever the critics have to say, it’s going to be fantastic to see these beloved characters on the big screen.

But if you need the input from critical circles, here is a selection of reviews of DOWNTON ABBEY:

Hollywood Reporter


The Guardian


Radio Times

Rotten Tomatoes


Read at your own risk! And take reviews with a grain of salt because if you loved the Crawleys on telly you know you’re going to have a grand old time seeing them in theatres. Just the prospect of a 40-foot-high Dowager Countess delivering a devastating bon mot should have you Fandangoing those tickets as we speak!

Music Video

Do you like music? Would you like to attend a free concert and be part of a UNC-TV television production? Well, great news – we’ve got three opportunities in the next few weeks for you to do just that.

As many PBS viewers know, Ken Burns latest series debuts this fall and it’s all about the history of COUNTRY MUSIC. We at UNC-TV wanted to complement this highly-anticipated program with IN STUDIO, a series of concerts featuring some of our state’s best country artists from the musical melting pot. As such, we need an audience. We need you.

We’ve got the Kruger Brothers on July 15, Tift Merritt on July 16 and Rissi Palmer on July 24. Obviously, space is limited but tickets are free so check out the information on Eventbrite and reserve a seat for your favorite artist today. All concerts are in the evening to make it more convenient and each will take place in our studios in the Research Triangle Park. Concerts will be recorded for inclusion in the IN STUDIO series, airing in September. We can’t guarantee you’ll be on TV or become a star … but I think it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll have fun and enjoy some great music.

Kruger Brothers – Monday, July 15, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm

Tift Merritt – Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm

Rissi Palmer – Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm

My Brain Hurts!!

If you are going to be in London on October 5, you’d better be taking part in this – a Guinness World Record attempt of the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Gumbys!

gumby1,000 people have signed up already so you’d best get on board if you want to be a part of this awesome Monty Python 50th anniversary celebration event. Visit the Facebook page for more info. Can’t make it? SORRY!!!!

Tony! Tony! Tony!

The Tony Awards are Sunday night and although PBS is not airing the ceremony (I believe we carried the first hour for a few years around the turn of the century) a drama geek like me will always find a connection. As I peruse the nominees for this year’s Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, I am taken by the names I recognize from series I’ve seen on public broadcasting. No surprise, really, as Broadway attracts some of the best actors. The same can be said for the shows on UNC-TV.

So I thought I’d look over a few of the nominees (acting categories only). Consider this a sort of Where Do I Know That Actor (Tony Edition).

Let’s start with Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. Two names stand out: Renée Fleming (nominated for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel) and Diana Rigg (nominated for My Fair Lady). Fleming is a world-renowned soprano who has appeared in many operas and other musical performances we’ve shown. She’s been seen on Great Performances and The Metropolitan Opera Presents in numerous roles. Rigg, who’s had a longer career, has been a presence on our airwaves for decades. Currently, she’s the Duchess of Buccleuch on Victoria. She’s also played Adela Bradley in The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca, Mrs. Golightly in Moll Flanders and Lady Honoria Dedlock in Bleak House. For years, she was the host of Mystery! and, of course, she was Emma Peel on the 1960s spy series The Avengers. Continue reading