Happy Little Clouds

Sometimes I think we just need to fill the day with happy little clouds. Thank goodness we have Bob Ross to help.

(Thanks to the folks at PBS Digital Studios for the remix.)

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Happy Little Podcast

One of the most recognizable programs PBS has ever broadcasted is The Joy Of Painting With Bob Ross. Although the man known for his “happy little trees” passed away in 1995, his how-to show continues in reruns and his gentle style of artistic instruction has reached the type of pop culture saturation normally reserved for reality TV stars and failed politicians.

And now PBS is bringing Bob Ross to a new generation with the Bob Ross Podcast!

Starting today, April 1st, PBS will be presenting all 403 episodes of the classic series The Joy Of Painting With Bob Ross as a podcast (one episode per week) to enchant an all-new audience of millennials. Each podcast is taken from the master tapes of the original series and presented exactly as shown on PBS. Plus, all the audio has been digitally remastered to enhance every brush struck.

The Joy Of Painting With Bob Ross Podcast: Hear what you been seeing all these years!

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I was out and about during the holiday shopping rush and noticed this little display at a local bookstore: Bob Ross books, puzzles and bobbleheads. I continue to be amazed at the man’s pop culture reach. The Best Of The Joy Of Painting stills airs on UNC-TV and, 22 years after the artist’s passing, his brand appears as strong as ever.

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Monday Montage

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

David Letterman is one of the most-nominated people in Emmy history and now the former late night staple receives the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Join Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Martin and more as they honor the award-winning comedian on David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize – tonight at 8 on UNC-TV.

A year after the celebrated anchor’s death, Gwen Ifill’s alma mater is naming a school after her. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Singer Andrea Bocelli performs at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy as the Landmarks series continues. Tune in Friday night at 10 on UNC-TV for Andrea Bocelli – Landmarks In Concert: A Great Performances Special.

As anyone with a love for TV knows, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss breathed new life into a character from the 19th century with Sherlock. Now the BBC wants the duo to tackle literature’s most famous vampire.

Now that summer’s here, take a dip in one of the Tar Heel State’s unusual resort communities. Catch the waves at White Lake: Remembering The Nation’s Safest Beach – Thursday night at 10 on the North Carolina Channel.

On the off chance you’re in London next month, you might want to take in a special performance by Monty Python’s John Cleese. All proceeds go to benefit Denville Hall, a retirement home for those in the theatrical profession. Continue reading