Monday Montage

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

Meet the Ohio sharpshooter who won fame and fortune in a man’s world for never missing a shot. Tune in as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE profiles ANNIE OAKLEY – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

What great news! Pennsylvania plans a day of kindness to honor the late Fred Rogers. May 23 will be 1-4-3 Day, named in honor of Mr. Rogers’ favorite number. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

Visit the world of Hale County, Alabama and get a richly detailed glimpse at life in America’s Black Belt. INDEPENDENT LENS presents the Academy Award-nominated HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

The perennial kids’ favorite SESAME STREET turns fifty this year. Go behind the scenes of this groundbreaking program. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Explore the story of Florida’s Everglades, America’s greatest wetland, as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE enters THE SWAMP – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Historian Lucy Worsley (Tales from the Royal Bedchamber) talks about history, Queen Victoria and her new book. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Learn the story of the unlikely – and largely unknown – campaign to create a “better” American race. Tune in as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE traces the rise of the EUGENICS CRUSADE – premiering Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

How sad is this – a crew member died in an accident on the set of Tom Hanks’ Mister Rogers film, You Are My Friend.

Travel through the colorful landscapes of New England to meet unforgettable wild characters and experience the best autumn has to offer. Catch the incredible three-night event AUTUMNWATCH NEW ENGLAND – beginning Wednesday at 8pm on the Explorer Channel. Continue reading

Sounds Familiar

“The circus had arrived in America in the nation’s earliest days, small and insignificant. But as the country grew, the circus would evolve with it into a gargantuan, industrialized entertainment, appealing to both the humble and the illustrious. It would stitch into one nation a patchwork of disconnected communities, and dazzle not just Americans but the entire world.” – Narrator (Michael Murphy), THE CIRCUS on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Monday Montage

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

Travel back to 1793 Philadelphia, when America’s first circus was established, and witness its crash into American culture. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE explores the rise and fall of THE CIRCUS – beginning tonight at 9 (and concluding Tuesday at 9) on UNC-TV.

The extremely versatile Alan Cumming (Masterpiece Mystery) is mounting a one-man show tackling anti-immigration sentiment in the US. Continue reading

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