Monday Montage

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

Journey with Kirk Johnson to Yellowstone National Park where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and other wildlife survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. Don’t miss the three-part series The Great Yellowstone Thaw – beginning Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-EX.

If you’ve been missing the drama, the actor who voices Kermit the Frog was fired and there’s been a war of the words in the press (for the record, no one at PBS has fired any Muppet!). See what Brian Henson (the late Jim Henson’s son) has to say on the matter. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

In advance of the 75th anniversary, we remember the “date which will live in infamy” with a trio of Pearl Harbor specials on UNC-TV and UNC-EX. Tune in Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel for Remembering Pearl Harbor, followed by Pearl Harbor: USS Oklahoma – The Final Story and then Pearl Harbor: Into The Arizona. Catch Pearl Harbor: USS Oklahoma – The Final Story and Pearl Harbor: Into The Arizona on UNC-TV, beginning at 8 that same evening.

Masterpiece Mystery! host Alan Cumming was the special guest on NPR’s current events quiz Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me this week. He shared an unforgettable tattoo anecdote and tackled the show’s Not My Job segment.

Thursday night, our North Carolina Channel presents the debut of a new series featuring fresh views from student filmmakers. Tune in for Envision: UNC School of the Arts – Thursday night at 9.

Apparently, Benedict Cumberbatch donated a coat to charity. Why? Because he really is that awesome.

Speaking of Sherlock, in preparation for season four of the Masterpiece Mystery! hit series (premieres January 1st!), relive some of the previous Holmes & Watson cases Saturday nights on UNC-TV. On 12/10, catch The Empty Hearse and The Sign of Three and it’s His Last Vow and The Abominable Bride the following week.

Fans of the Bard of Avon will be pleased to know that Great Performances’ fantastic series “The Hollow Crown” returns with the War of the Roses trilogy. The action starts Sunday night at 9 with Henry VI, Part One. Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville stars along with Sophie Okonedo and Tom Sturridge.

Finally, watch Mr. Rogers receive a Lifetime Achievement Emmy and try not to sniffle just a little bit. Continue reading

Monday Montage

Welcome to what I hope to be a regular feature – a weekly look at what’s on, what’s ahead and what’s happening. Basically, some quick notes that aren’t long enough for a regular post or seem best to pass along en masse.

PBS Newshour covers all the presidential and vice presidential debates, beginning tonight at 9 on UNC-TV with the First Presidential Debate at Hofstra University in New York.

If the debate doesn’t help you make up your mind, Frontline presents its quadrennial report on the two major candidates with The Choice 2016Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Some very sad news: Monty Python’s Terry Jones has a rare dementia (specifically, Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia). Social media is awash with tributes and kind words to this comedic genius and deservedly so. Continue reading