Pinkerrific

What’s the next big thing for PBS Kids? It could be a little bit pink and it could be a little bit terrific.

Pinkalicious & Peterrific is a new animated PBS Kids program set to debut in early 2018 and designed to get children to explore the arts and spark creativity.

Produced by WGBH Boston and based on the HarperCollins Pinkalicious book series, the upcoming kids show will encourage children to engage in the creative arts and self-expression, covering areas such as music, dance and visual arts.

Check out this sneak preview:

Pretty catchy, eh?

Pinkalicious & Peterrific premieres February 19, 2018.

The Great War is Coming!

A century after the “War To End All Wars” occurred, learn how World War One transformed America through stories of those whose participation has been largely forgotten. Coming next month, American Experience presents The Great War – a six-hour mini-series presented over three nights.

Tune in April 10 for The Great War on UNC-TV.

Victoria

It seems odd that for the first time in years we won’t have a new season of Downton Abbey to look forward to come 2017. Trust me – the folks at Masterpiece are keenly aware of this and are hoping and praying that something comes along to replace Downton in hearts and minds of PBS viewers. Well, Victoria may be just the hit series that they (and we) are looking for. Starring Jenna Coleman (best known as one of the Doctor’s many companions), Victoria is the dramatic story of the young queen’s rise to power and independence while seeking partnerships in politics and her personal life. Take a look at this fascinating new series.

Dark Matter

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As the epic second season of Poldark on Masterpiece draws to a close, fans of the dashing Cornish Captain can relive every moment – every temptation, every betrayal, every longing look and every dashed hope – in a Poldark Season Two Marathon. Tune in Sunday at Noon on UNC-TV and pick up where season one left off (Ross arrested! Heavens!). Then stay tuned for the season finale Sunday night at 9.

Don’t miss the Poldark Season Two Marathon – Sunday at Noon on UNC-TV.

Stream Powered

Over the decades, UNC-TV has broadcast some fascinating original documentary programming about the Tar Heel State. One of the programs was A Singing Stream. Originally aired in 1985, the documentary chronicled one family’s story as told primarily by its matriarch. 30 years later, a sequel has been produced: A Singing Stream Reunion. This show premieres Tuesday on our North Carolina Channel but you can get a bit of preview now. Earlier this week, director Tom Davenport and producers Ken Daniel and Iverson Landis Jr. discussed their film with Frank Stasio on WUNC’s The State Of Things.

Head over to the website of WUNC-FM and hear the interview. Then tune in for A Singing Stream Reunion – Tuesday night at 8 on the North Carolina Channel.

Free Parking

Last night, UNC-TV debuted the documentary North Carolina State Parks: Environmental Jewels – a tour of nine of the state’s most majestic parks. The program was created by UNC-TV and students at UNC-Chapel Hill. With such a university connection, it makes sense that UNC’s student newspaper featured a piece on the doc.

Check out The Daily Tar Heel article. Plus, catch an encore of North Carolina State Parks: Environmental Jewels on our North Carolina Channel – Monday at 9pm and Wednesday at 3am & noon.

Art Class

Each Autumn, PBS celebrates the arts with a diverse slate of specials highlighting some of the best in theater, dance, comedy and music. This year’s line-up is particularly exciting as it kicks off with a look at Broadway’s hottest ticket: Hamilton. There’s also a salute to one of filmdom’s foremost clowns, a Quadricentennial Bard bash and a Masterpiece presenter showcasing his pipes.

Here’s the full festival line-up:

HAMILTON’S AMERICA
Friday, October 21
GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.

BILL MURRAY: THE MARK TWAIN PRIZE
Friday, October 28
Celebrate beloved actor and comedian Bill Murray, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center, a star-studded lineup salutes the achievements of the comedic trailblazer. Continue reading