Monday Montage

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

Learn the story of the unlikely – and largely unknown – campaign to create a “better” American race. Tune in as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE traces the rise of the EUGENICS CRUSADE – premiering Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

How sad is this – a crew member died in an accident on the set of Tom Hanks’ Mister Rogers film, You Are My Friend.

Travel through the colorful landscapes of New England to meet unforgettable wild characters and experience the best autumn has to offer. Catch the incredible three-night event AUTUMNWATCH NEW ENGLAND – beginning Wednesday at 8pm on the Explorer Channel. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

Go behind the headlines for the history, ceremony and traditions shaping the wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan Markle. A bevy of experts and commentators join Meredith Viera and Matt Baker for ROYAL WEDDING WATCH – beginning tonight at 10 on the Explorer Channel and continuing all week long. It all leads up to the Big Event on Saturday, which will be carried live on UNC-EX starting at 4am EST.

Rumors that director Terry Gilliam suffered a stroke may be just that. The Monty Python alum posted a message on his Twitter last week while wearing a shirt bearing the words “I’m not dead yet.” Continue reading

A New Face In The Neighborhood

Fred Rogers died nearly fifteen years ago but the children’s TV host left behind an enormous legacy far beyond 30+ seasons of one of the most beloved television series ever. This year alone, the Morgan Neville documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? premiered at Sundance and PBS is celebrating 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like in March. Now, the word from Tinseltown is that none other than Tom Hanks will be portraying Rogers in a new film based on the late TV personality’s life.

You Are My Friend has been acquired by TriStar Pictures and is set to begin production in September. The feature film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Marielle Heller will direct and the screenplay is by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

There’s no release date as yet, obviously. But I’m sure I join the legions of Mr. Rogers fans out there who’ll be eagerly awaiting this film’s arrival in the Cineplex.