The Circumstance Of Pomp

Just to reiterate – we are carrying the ROYAL WEDDING tomorrow morning. It will be a live event and the festivities begin at 4am EST on the Explorer Channel (UNC-EX). The wedding itself doesn’t start until later but there is a lot of prep work, arrivals, history, context and ceremony to cover. Also, since the ROYAL WEDDING is a live event (and this is the type of thing that makes us in broadcasting go crazy) even though it is currently scheduled to conclude around 9am, it could run over that time! That means if you are recording, please add extra time to your DVR or VCR or whatever device you are using. Continue reading

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Wedding Bell Bluebloods

Any Anglophile worth his or her salt is already champing at the bit over the upcoming Royal Wedding on May 19. When Prince Harry and Megan Markle tie the knot their nuptials will be broadcast around the world and PBS is inviting you to tune in.

Starting Monday, May 14, check out ROYAL WEDDING WATCH, a five-part series of special programming designed to bring you up to speed on the high profile nuptials. Then, on Saturday, May 19, the big event will be broadcast live from St. George’s Chapel at Windsor.

So if your invitation gets lost in the mail, ROYAL WEDDING WATCH airs weeknights at 10 (10:30 on Friday the 18th) on the Explorer Channel the week of May 14. The ROYAL WEDDING airs live May 19 on the Explorer Channel.

What? No Singing?

Les Misérables is coming to Masterpiece! Earlier this week, Masterpiece and BBC One announced the ensemble cast for a new epic adaptation of Les Misérables.

Andrew Davies (House of Cards, Mr Selfridge) will write the series, exploring the many layers of Victor Hugo’s original novel. Dominic West (The Affair) will star as Jean Valjean and David Oyelowo (MI-5) as Javert. Other players include Lily Collins, Adeel Akhtar, Olivia Colman, Ellie Bamber, Josh O’Connor and Erin Kellyman.

The series is scheduled to begin production next month. No air date is set as yet but I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything.

The Vietnam War: Watch & Listen

As Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War wraps up tonight, rest assured we will rebroadcast the series in its entirety beginning Tuesday night on UNC-TV and next Thursday on the North Carolina Channel. So if you missed any episode, you’ll easily be able to catch up. Much like The Civil War and all of Burns’ works, The Vietnam War will become, I’m sure, a perennial presence on the services of North Carolina Public Media.

Also, if you’re enjoying watching the epic mini-series you might want to check out some audio mentions as well. On September 23, NPR’s Fresh Air had an interview with the Burns & Novick. Yesterday,  NPR’s Here and Now did the same. The duo talks about the project and the secrets of storytelling in the digital age on a Forbes podcast. And Lulu Garcia-Navarro discusses the 10-part series with the two producers on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

Vietnam War Lookout

Ken Burns’ latest film The Vietnam War is just two days away!

TV critic David Bianculli reviewed the 10-part documentary series on last night’s Fresh Air, NPR’s Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. You can hear his assessment at the Fresh Air website.

The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premieres Sunday, September 17 at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Vietnam War Lookout

As UNC-TV gears up for Ken Burns’ latest film The Vietnam War, I’ll be passing along anything of interest connected with the documentary mini-series – press tours, screenings, gatherings, articles, etc.

Here’s a link to a fantastic Winston-Salem Journal article about a Veterans Breakfast held earlier this week at Childress Racing in Welcome, North Carolina. Clips from The Vietnam War were screened at the event.

The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premieres Sunday, September 17 at 8pm on UNC-TV.