My Top Five: Superheroes

Superheroes are big business these days, what with movies and TV shows and, of course, the comic book adventures that have delighted fanboys for decades. But public broadcasting also has a history of superhero characters in various forms. So here are my TOP FIVE PUBLIC BROADCASTING SUPERHEROES.

5) SUPER GROVER – Super Grover (now Super Grover 2.0) is Sesame Street’s well-meaning but inept hero who is “faster than lightning, stronger than steel, smarter than a speeding bullet” (and cute too). Certainly Grover was one of my favorite Muppets as a kid so it’s only natural his superhero persona would be as well. And anyone who can rock a visored helmet and cape like he does gets a thumbs up in my book. 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

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

“Today’s Sesame Street is brought to you by the letter e.” At least, that’s what I imagine this picture might be saying.

Yes, it’s another shot from our Community Engagement department – this time with a rather forlorn-looking Big Bird (slightly smaller than normal) hanging onto a lowercase vowel.

Again, just one of the many sights one might spy around the halls of UNC-TV.

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Monday Montage

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

Frontline tells the story of White House advisor Stephen Bannon’s fight to deliver on Donald Trump’s promises, with a confrontational style based on his personal crusade to dramatically transform America. Bannon’s War premieres Tuesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Apparently, you just need to head to the Sunshine State. SeaWorld has announced a new Sesame Street land will open at its Orlando theme park by fall 2022.

High Point University president Nido Qubein continues his interviews with the world’s most influential people. This week: Celia Sandys. Don’t miss High Point University Presents: Celia Sandys – Thursday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

David Tennant and Billie Piper are reuniting for new Doctor Who adventures! Big Finish Productions plans three new hour-long audio plays featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler. Continue reading