Wednesday Trivia Question

What writer was the first subject of American Masters? Continue reading


Monday Montage

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

Filmmaker and Mount Airy native Bill Hayes explores the characters that make up his hometown and the challenges it faces. Pay a visit to The Real Mayberry – Wednesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Congratulations to Kenneth Branagh – winner of an International Emmy Award.

Bob Hope had a career that spanned nearly 80 years. He appeared in more than 70 short and feature films, hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and made 57 tours for the USO. American Masters takes an unprecedented look at the remarkable life of this legendary entertainer on This Is Bob Hope – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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Explore the misrepresentations of notorious author Edgar Allan Poe and reveal how he tapped into what it means to be human in a modern and sometimes frightening world. Tune in as American Masters profiles Edgar Allan Poe – Tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Tavis Smiley is mounting a stage adaptation of Death of a King, his book which focuses on the final years of Martin Luther King Jr.

Cap off Halloween with a chilling tale of ancient curses and lycanthropic terror in the Louisiana swamps. The Golden Age of Radio is brought to life on Werewolf of the Bayou – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

It sounds like Kenneth Branagh’s moustache in Murder on the Orient Express might be worthy of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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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

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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