Fruit of the Lampoon

SESAME STREET does it again. This time it’s an Orange Is The New Black parody. Personally, I’m not sure if my first pick for a kids TV show spoof would be a TV-MA series that no preschooler should ever be exposed to … but you have to marvel at the ingenuity of the title alone (“Orange Is The New Snack” – seriously, how cute is that?).

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My Top Five: Life-Changing Programs

UNC-TV has often used the slogan “life-changing television” because we believe the programming we offer can indeed alter a person’s life. It doesn’t have to be in a major way; the smallest thing can make a difference and change a life, whether it’s receiving a GED by watching telecourses, building something with your bare hands after viewing a how-to program or making the most of your Italian honeymoon after seeing Rick Steves show you how.

So I got to thinking: What shows have changed my life? There were more than a few that sprang to mind but I narrowed it down to the usual quintet. So here they are – MY TOP FIVE LIFE-CHANGING SHOWS. Continue reading

The Fresh Prince Of … Sesame Street?

If you’ve ever wondered how Bert met Ernie, wonder no more. The perennial pals of PBS’ preparatory property lay it out for you in this Fresh Prince of Bel Air parody. Yo, homes, smell ya later!

Where Do I Know That Actor? (Mamma Mia! Edition)

Every now and then, I like to veer slightly away from the small screen to make a big screen connection and, right now, there seems only one film deserving of such a look. The ABBA-inspired sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again took in around $34 million in its opening weekend, placing it number two at the box office. Although I’ve not seen it myself I couldn’t help but be taken by all the familiar names and faces I spied viewing the trailer during a recent cinematic outing. Some may be obvious, but let’s take note of them all as best we can.

The hit movie stars Lilly James in the role of Young Donna in 1979. James may not be the biggest name in the cast but she should be among the best well-known of PBS-related stars since she played Lady Rose on Downton Abbey.

Meryl Streep, of course, plays Donna, reprising her role from the first film. Offhand, you might think Streep hasn’t been a presence on public broadcasting and, for the most part, you’d be right. However, imdb.com credits her with two roles on Great Performances – Edith Varney on Secret Service (1977) and Leilah on Uncommon Women… and Others (1979). Moreover, the acclaimed actress had appeared on American Masters, Live From Lincoln Center, the documentary series Freedom: A History of Us and the Ken Burns’ series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, among others. So I think it’s safe to say Meryl Streep has a long and healthy PBS association. Continue reading