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.

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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.

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.