Monday Montage

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

Meet three young men who bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. Tune in as POV presents the Oscar-nominated film MINDING THE GAP – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is the latest addition to the cast of the upcoming TV series Good Omens based on the fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Cumberbatch joins stars David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Michael Sheen (Gallowglass) as … I don’t know … could it be … Satan?!

He was a singer, musician, dancer, actor, vaudevillian, comedian and he was one of the previous century’s favorite entertainers. Explore the vast talent and journey for identity of SAMMY DAVIS, JR. on AMERICAN MASTERS – Tuesday at 9pm on UNC-TV. Continue reading


Monday Montage

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

Dolores Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant – and unheralded – feminist activists of the 20th century. Meet Dolores on INDEPENDENT LENS – Tuesday at 9pm on UNC-TV.

Kenneth Branagh has begun production on his next film called Artemis Fowl (based on the Eoin Colfer books). The movie will feature Dame Judi Dench as “the steely leader of the fairy police force.” I’ve no idea what that means but my interest is definitely piqued. Continue reading

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

Worth The Wait

Fans of perennial UNC-TV how-to fixture Jacques Pépin may be interested to know that the celebrity chef was a guest on the most recent edition of NPR’s current events quiz Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.

Pépin joined host Peter Sagal and panelists Luke Burbank, Neko Case and Roy Blount, Jr. for the program’s Not My Job segment on the December 12 show.

You can listen to the full program online or catch the Pépin’s segment at the Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me website.