Monday Montage

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

FRONTLINE investigates the rise of severe black lung disease among coal miners. Don’t miss COAL’S DEADLY DUST – Tuesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Monty Python’s Spamalot? Not so fast – it appear’s the Sherlock actor’s commitments to the Marvel Cinematic Universe prevents that possibility. Continue reading

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Up Front

I received this email from the folks at FRONTLINE and wanted to pass it along in full. (You can sign up to receive messages like this from PBS’ premier documentary series at the FRONTLINE website.) The program has won numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards and continues to be a model for investigative journalism but this new accolade just seems particularly noteworthy.

Dear FRONTLINE Community,

I’m writing to share some good news with you. 

Today, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards announced that FRONTLINE has received its highest honor, the Gold Baton — an award that hasn’t been given in a decade. In a recognition of our work across multiple platforms, the duPonts’ citation praised us for a year of varied reporting and for being a “a standard-bearer and innovator.” Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Is Facebook more harmful than helpful? FRONTLINE examines the powerful social media platform’s impact on privacy and democracy on a special two-night event. Don’t miss THE FACEBOOK DILEMMA – beginning tonight at 9 (and concluding Tuesday at 10) on UNC-TV.

David Tennant (Doctor Who) is set to co-star with Emily Watson (Little Women) in the psychological thriller Quicksand. Filming begins in April on the Greek island of Crete. Continue reading

And The Winner Is…

Once again, PBS receives a few accolades of note as PBS programs were honored with seven News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, more than any other organization. The 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards were presented on October 1 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said, “Audiences are hungry for high-quality programs that bring light to the pressing issues of our day. PBS continues to be a trusted beacon of education and inspiration for all Americans.”

The PBS’ News & Documentary Emmy® Award winners are:

THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE
Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

FRONTLINE “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Experience one Rust Belt city’s struggle to recover in the post-recession economy as FRONTLINE and ProPublica report on the economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio. Don’t miss LEFT BEHIND AMERICA – Tuesday at 10 on UNC-TV.

What do Taylor Swift and Sir Ian McKellen (Vicious) have in common? Both will star in the upcoming cinematic adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats. The film is set for a December 2019 release date. Continue reading

Frontline On Line

Last week, FRONTLINE pre-empted its regular schedule to re-broadcast its show on John McCain in honor of the late Senator. Last minute program substitutions like this are rare but they do occur in special circumstances like this. As such, it’s difficult to promote a schedule change of this immediacy. So, if you missed the timely broadcast of McCAIN, you can watch the program online at the FRONTLINE web site. ICYMI, as it were.

It’s An Honor To Be Nominated

Once again, PBS rakes in a slew of award nominations. This time, it’s the 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards where the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored the Public Broadcasting Service with 44 nominations, the most earned by any organization. In addition, NATAS is recognizing Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Director of NOVA, for her many years of science broadcasting excellence with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here’s the full list of PBS nominations:

 

THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE

Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

Outstanding Lighting Direction and Scenic Design

 

FRONTLINE “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary Continue reading