Monday Montage

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

From films and television to toys and theme parks, the Disney brand is universal. But where did it start? Find out as American Experience explores the complex life and enduring legacy of one of America’s most iconic filmmakers. Tune in for part one of Walt Disney – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam has been trying to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for almost 20 years. Production has now wrapped on what could be his magnum opus, so read up on the disaster-filled history of this fascinating Gilliam project.

Enjoy pancakes in New York and sample loco moco in Hawaii – and that’s just for starters. See why breakfast is the most important meal of the day as we take in interesting and unusual breakfast spots. Don’t miss Breakfast Special and Breakfast Special 2 – beginning Wednesday at 9pm on the Explorer Channel.

Neil deGrasse Tyson was a guest on a recent episode of Talking With Chris Hardwick. Of course, the former NOVA ScienceNow host was his usual ebullient and erudite self. Continue reading


Monday Montage

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

Peter, Paul and Mary. Artlo Guthrie. The Weavers. Pete Seeger. Giants of folk music, one and all. Join them and relive a 2003 Carnegie Hall concert featuring performances from these artists and more on Folk Legends: Isn’t This A Time – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Tom Hiddleston (Wallander, The Hollow Crown) is set to take on Shakespeare’s most iconic role on the London stage. Kenneth Branagh (Wallander, Fortunes Of War) will direct Hiddleston in a RADA fundraiser of Hamlet.

Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pepin, a man who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form to become one of America’s most beloved food icons. Don’t miss Jacques Pepin on American Masters – Wednesday night at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

Sesame Street is adding a new Muppet designed to tell stories about blended families. Continue reading

Just Happy To Be Nominated

Last Thursday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced nominations for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards. And even though Downton Abbey is nought but a memory, PBS programs still received 11 nominations. Masterpiece reaped the lion’s share of those nominations thanks to Victoria and Sherlock but here’s a list of all the PBS nominations…

Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Outstanding Television Movie
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Benedict Cumberbatch
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Did you know America’s first gold rush took place right here in North Carolina? Paved With Gold explores this fascinating chapter of Tar Heel history – Thursday night at 9:30 on UNC-TV.

Fans of Celtic Woman will be pleased to know the international music sensation is in North Carolina this week. Join Tara, Susan, Máiréad and Éabha as they hit Asheville on Wednesday and Durham on Thursday.

Be with us Friday as UNC-TV honors two television legends. Tune in Friday at 8pm for Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration and then stay tuned as American Masters talks with writer and producer Norman Lear at 10.

The science guys have been busy. Neil deGrasse Tyson was a guest on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last week and Bill Nye was a guest at SXSW. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

In the wake of recent tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police. Don’t miss The Talk – Race In America – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Who’s your favorite BBC character? According to over 7,000 people around the world who voted in an online poll, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes was the most beloved. (But don’t worry – everyone’s favorite Time Lord made the list, as well as some popular Britcom stars.)

American Masters journeys through the prolific life of the author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons and others pay tribute to Maya Angelou on And Still I Rise. Tune in Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Monty Python’s John Cleese talks about writing the perfect farce. Continue reading

And Still I Rise

Tuesday night, American Masters presents the first feature documentary about the late author/activist and celebrated North Carolinian Maya Angelou. However, you can catch an advanced screening of this exceptional film this weekend.

UNC-TV was one of four public television stations selected to host a special screening of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise prior to its national premiere on PBS. The screening will take place Saturday at Wake Forest University and will be followed by a panel discussion. The event is open to the public. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Discover how the prolific creator of All in the Family effected social change through his groundbreaking sitcoms and activism. American Masters profiles television legend Norman Lear – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

If you’ve been online in the past 24 hours, you know that fans of The Walking Dead are reacting to last night’s season premiere. Granted, it’s not a PBS show – but you may get a kick out of Monty Python’s John Cleese catching you up on the first six seasons of the pop culture staple. (Warning: video is incredibly NSFW.)

Speaking of funnymen, Bill Murray receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Tune in for that Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Great news for fans of the furry red Muppet: Elmo’s World is returning to Sesame Street!

Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie premieres next week and, as such, Benedict Cumberbatch will be making the rounds on the late night chat shows. Check out this fantastic video from the Jimmy Kimmel show in which Jimmy discovers that the Master of the Mystic Arts is not a party magician.

Now let’s see who’s celebrating birthdays this week, shall we? Continue reading