KCET Program Highlights Week of April 11 – 17, 2010

KCET On-Air Picks of the Week (April 11 – 17, 2010)

In observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Sunday, April 11, 2010, KCET presents new programming throughout the week. On Sunday, KCET premieres a new adaptation of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “The Diary of Anne Frank.” On Monday, AMONG THE RIGHTEOUS unveils the story of Muslims who protected Jews during the Holocaust. On Tuesday, INDEPENDENT LENS “Blessed Is the Match” explores the life of Hannah Senesh, a Jew who left the safety of Palestine in World War II to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. On Wednesday, WORSE THAN WAR looks at the dynamics of state-sponsored genocide from the Holocaust to Rwanda to Darfur.        

Sunday, April 11, 2010

3:00-5:30 PM

“Imagine This”

Listing: The acclaimed London musical “Imagine This” tells the story of a Jewish theatre troupe in the Warsaw ghetto during the German occupation. This dramatic production weaves the Jewish history of Masada — the ancient Judean mountain where a small band of courageous rebels held 10,000 Roman soldiers at bay 2,000 years ago — with the present lives of the actors.

Series Producer: Zipline Entertainment

Series Web site: http://www.imaginethisthemusical.com/

PR CONTACT: George Nicholis, Zipline Entertainment, 212.257.6914; George(at)ziplineentertainment(dot)com; Nina Baron, Zipline Entertainment, 212.257.6919; Nina(at)ziplineentertainment(dot)com

5:30-6:00 PM

“BBC Newsnight” (#113100)

Listing: The international version of “BBC Newsnight” is a weekly round-up of news and current affairs including interviews with global opinion formers and documentary features from all over the world. Presenters include Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark, Gavin Esler and Emily Maitlis. Thought-provoking and informative, “BBC Newsnight” offers in-depth analysis of complex global issues.

Series Producer: BBC World News

Series Web site: http://www.bbcworldnews.com

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323/953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

6:30-7:00 PM

“SoCal Connected” (#226)

Listing: “SoCal Connected” is KCET’s hard hitting weekly news magazine that investigates and reports on the issues that affect Southern California, from the economy to the environment. Recently described as the “60 Minutes of the west,” “SoCal Connected” has won numerous awards — including six Emmys, eight Golden Mikes, and was named among the “100 Best” by Los Angeles magazine. Anchored by Val Zavala, the program airs at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays and 8:30 p.m. Fridays with encore broadcasts on Saturdays and Sundays, only on KCET.

Series Producer: KCET Los Angeles

Series Web Site: http://www.kcet.org/socal

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323-953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

7:00-8:00 PM

ROAD TRIP “Ferndale” (#149)

Listing: Huell steps back in time in Ferndale — a town that officially holds the distinction of being California Historic Landmark #883.

Series Producer: Huell Howser Productions

Series Web site: http://www.calgold.com/

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323/953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

8:00-9:00 PM

NATURE “Moment of Impact: Jungle” (#2710)

Listing: This episode looks at the incredible bio-engineering of jungle residents, both on the ground and in the forest canopy. Leaf-cutter ants are capable of carrying materials 10 times their weight. Equally impressive, the jaws of trap-jaw ants can produce a bite force 300 times their own body weight — stronger than that of a shark’s. Cuban crocodiles have the unlikely ability to leap up to six feet straight out of the water to catch their prey, while basilisk lizards walk on water, thanks to their wide-webbed feet and unique gaits. No wonder the basilisk is called the “Jesus lizard.” Among many other animal talents explored, “Jungle” also looks at a how ospreys dive for fish and how a bat “swims” through the air.

Producer: THIRTEEN New York

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PR Contact: Donald Lee, WNET.ORG, 212-560-3005; leed(at)wnet(dot)org

9:00-11:00 PM

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “The Diary of Anne Frank” (#4009)

Listing: The most accurate-ever adaptation of Anne Frank’s moving account of life hiding from the Nazis stars newcomer Ellie Kendrick (“An Education”) as a maturing teenager who undergoes an extraordinary ordeal. Iain Glen (“Into the Storm”) stars as Anne’s steadfast father, Tamsin Greig (“Emma”) as her reticent mother and Felicity Jones (“Northanger Abbey”) as her studious older sister. Together with four others, they hide for two years in the back rooms of an Amsterdam business, while Anne records their tense daily life in one of history’s most remarkable memoirs. “The Diary of Anne Frank” airs on Holocaust Remembrance Day 2010. Laura Linney hosts.

Series Presenter: WGBH Boston

Visit PBS PressRoom for more information: http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/masterpiece

PR Contacts: Ellen Dockser, WGBH, 617-300-5338; ellen_dockser(at)wgbh(dot)org

Olivia Wong, WGBH, 617-300-5349; olivia_wong(at)wgbh(dot)org

Monday, April 12, 2010

7:00-7:30 PM

TAVIS SMILEY (#1976)

Listing: Tavis Smiley, the first African American to have his own signature talk show on NPR, hosts a late-night television talk show — a hybrid of news, issues and entertainment, featuring interviews with newsmakers, politicians, celebrities and real people.

Series Producer: THE SMILEY GROUP

Series Web site: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/

PR CONTACT: Soraya Gheissari, KCET, 323/953-5758; sgheissari(at)kcet(dot)org

7:30-8:00 PM

CALIFORNIA’S GOLDEN PARKS “Zzyzx” (#160)

Listing: Huell takes the Zzyzx off-ramp from the Interstate 15 freeway and sees what this iconic exit is all about.

Series Producer: Huell Howser Productions

Series Web site: http://www.calgold.com/

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323/953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

8:00-9:00 PM

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Denver” (Hour Three) (#1412)

Listing: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Suzanne Perrault visit a unique memorial to renowned potter Artus Van Briggle: a building on the Colorado College campus decorated inside and out with Van Briggle tiles. Program highlights include two circa 1958 prototype chairs designed by the guest’s father when he worked for noted modernist George Nelson; a turn-of-the-century salesman’s sample canoe; and a 1941 Martin guitar, played live on the radio by the guest’s great-uncle, “Cowboy Slim,” and valued at ,000 to ,000. Mark L. Walberg hosts.

Series Producer: WGBH Boston

Visit PBS PressRoom for more information: http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/antiques_roadshow

PR Contact: Judy Matthews, WGBH, 617-300-5343; judy_matthews(at)wgbh(dot)org

9:00-10:00 PM

Encore Broadcast (OB: 2/2/09)

“THE POLIO CRUSADE: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE” (#2102)

Listing: The story of the largest public health experiment in American history — the effort to eradicate polio, one of the 20th-century’s most dreaded diseases.

Producer: WGBH Boston

Visit PBS PressRoom for more information: http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/american_experience

PR Contact: Patrick Ramirez, WGBH, 617-300-4251; patrick_ramirez(at)wgbh(dot)org

10:00-11:00 PM

“AMONG THE RIGHTEOUS: LOST STORIES FROM THE HOLOCAUST IN ARAB LANDS”

Listing: Did any Arabs save Jews during the Holocaust? Seeking a response to the plague of Holocaust denial in the Arab world, Robert Satloff, head of a respected Washington policy center, sets off in the wake of 9/11 on what would become an eight-year journey to find an Arab hero whose story would change the way Arabs view Jews, themselves and their own history. Along the way, Satloff found not only the Arab heroes whom he sought, but a vast, lost history of what happened to the half-million Jews of the Arab lands of North Africa under Nazi, Vichy and Fascist rule.

Producer: MacNeil/Lehrer Productions

Visit PBS PressRoom for more information: http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/among_the_righteous_lost_stories_from_the_holocaust_in_arab_lands_

PR Contact: Anne Bell, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, 703-998-2175; abell(at)newshour(dot)org

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

7:00-7:30 PM

TAVIS SMILEY (#1977)

Listing: Tavis Smiley, the first African American to have his own signature talk show on NPR, hosts a late-night television talk show — a hybrid of news, issues and entertainment, featuring interviews with newsmakers, politicians, celebrities and real people.

Series Producer: THE SMILEY GROUP

Series Web site: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/

PR CONTACT: Soraya Gheissari, KCET, 323/953-5758; sgheissari(at)kcet(dot)org

7:30-8:00 PM

CALIFORNIA’S GOLD WITH HUELL HOWSER “Catalina Casino” (#12005)

Listing: Huell explores the past and present of Catalina Island’s iconic Casino.

Series Producer: Huell Howser Productions

Series Web site: http://www.calgold.com/

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323/953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

8:00-9:00 PM

NOVA “Hunting the Edge of Space: The Ever Expanding Universe” (#3709)

Listing: From the discovery that the Milky Way is just one galaxy among billions to the stunning revelation that these galaxies are speeding away from each other faster every second, this episode investigates the universe’s distant past — and its future. Now, modern telescopes have added a mysterious new twist to the plot: The vast majority of the stuff of the universe is invisible, tied up in dark matter and dark energy. But what are these mysterious dark forces? A new generation of telescopes is embarking on a mission impossible to see the unseeable and answer one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the cosmos.

Producer: WGBH Science Unit

Visit PBS PressRoom for more information: http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/nova_1

PR Contact: Eileen Campion, Dera, Roslan & Campion, Inc., 212-966-4600; eileen(at)DRCpublicrelations(dot)com

9:00-10:00 PM

FRONTLINE “Obama’s Deal” (#2815)

Listing: Healthcare reform was the first big policy deal taken on by the Obama administration. Many say the president has bet the mid-term elections, possibly his presidency, on the outcome. In a new investigation, FRONTLINE goes behind closed doors at the White House, in Congress and the boardrooms of the giant healthcare lobby to examine the political battles and costly compromises that defined Barack Obama’s endeavor. From early positive efforts, through the bitter battles with the Tea Party, the elation of apparent success at Christmas, to the crushing failure in the Massachusetts senatorial election, FRONTLINE follows the story and reveals the first in-depth look at how the Obama administration operates. In “Obama’s Deal,” FRONTLINE veteran producer Michael Kirk (“Bush’s War,” “Dreams of Obama,” “Inside the Meltdown,” “The Warning”) provides a sobering exposé of the realities of American politics, the power of special interest groups and the role of money in policy-making.

Producer: WGBH Boston

Visit PBS PressRoom for more information: http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/frontline

Contact: Diane Buxton, FRONTLINE, 617-300-5375; diane_buxton(at)wgbh(dot)org

10:00-11:00 PM

INDEPENDENT LENS “Blessed Is the Match” (#1120)

Listing: Narrated by Joan Allen, this is the first documentary feature about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc. Safe in Palestine in 1944, Senesh joined a mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. It was the only military rescue mission for Jews during the Holocaust. Senesh parachuted behind enemy lines, was captured, tortured and ultimately executed by the Nazis. Her mother, Catherine, witnessed the entire ordeal — first as a prisoner with Hannah and later as her advocate, braving the bombed-out streets of Budapest in a desperate attempt to save her daughter. By Roberta Grossman.

Presenter: Independent Television Service (ITVS)

PBS PressRoom: http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/independent_lens

PR Contact: Voleine Amilcar, ITVS, 415-356-8383, ext. 244; voleine_amilcar(at)itvs(dot)org

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

7:00-7:30 PM

TAVIS SMILEY (#1978)

Listing: Tavis Smiley, the first African American to have his own signature talk show on NPR, hosts a late-night television talk show — a hybrid of news, issues and entertainment, featuring interviews with newsmakers, politicians, celebrities and real people.

Series Producer: THE SMILEY GROUP

Series Web site: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/

PR CONTACT: Soraya Gheissari, KCET, 323/953-5758; sgheissari(at)kcet(dot)org

7:30-8:00 PM

VISITING WITH HUELL HOWSER “Sleeping Outdoors” (#1709)

Listing: Huell visits two families who like to sleep outdoors.

Series Producer: Huell Howser Productions

Series Web site: http://www.calgold.com/

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323/953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

8:00-9:00 PM

“WHEN FAMILIES GRIEVE”

Listing: Katie Couric and the Sesame Street Muppets present families’ personal stories about coping with the death of a parent and strategies that have helped these families move forward.

Producer: Sesame Workshop

Visit PBS PressRoom for more information: http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/when_families_grieve

Contact: Pam Hacker, Sesame Workshop, 212-875-6225; pam(dot)hacker(at)sesameworkshop(dot)org

9:00-11:00 PM

“WORSE THAN WAR”

Listing: Based on Daniel Goldhagen’s book of the same title, this is an exploration of the nature of genocide, ethnic cleansing and large-scale mass murder in our time. Goldhagen speaks with victims, perpetrators, witnesses, religious leaders, politicians, diplomats, historians, humanitarian aid workers and journalists.

Producer: JTN Productions

Visit PBS PressRoom for more information: http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/worse_than_war

Contact: Jitin Hingorani, WNET.ORG, 212-560-6609; hingoranij(at)wnet(dot)org

Thursday, April 15, 2010

7:00-7:30 PM

TAVIS SMILEY (#1979)

Listing: Tavis Smiley, the first African American to have his own signature talk show on NPR, hosts a late-night television talk show — a hybrid of news, issues and entertainment, featuring interviews with newsmakers, politicians, celebrities and real people.

Series Producer: THE SMILEY GROUP

Series Web site: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/

PR CONTACT: Soraya Gheissari, KCET, 323/953-5758; sgheissari(at)kcet(dot)org

7:30-8:00 PM

VISITING WITH HUELL HOWSER “Animal Acres” (#1615)

Listing: A visit with actress Shelley Morrison (Rosario, Karen’s maid on “Will & Grace”) to Animal Acres, a facility caring for neglected and abused farm animals in Acton.

Series Producer: Huell Howser Productions

Series Web site: http://www.calgold.com/

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323/953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

8:00-8:30 PM

“SoCal Connected” (#227)

Listing: “SoCal Connected” is KCET’s hard hitting weekly news magazine that investigates and reports on the issues that affect Southern California, from the economy to the environment. Recently described as the “60 Minutes of the west”, “SoCal Connected” has won numerous awards — including six Emmys, eight Golden Mikes, and was named among the “100 Best” by Los Angeles magazine. Anchored by Val Zavala, the program airs at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays and 8:30 p.m. Fridays with encore broadcasts on Saturdays and Sundays, only on KCET.

Series Producer: KCET Los Angeles

Series Web Site: http://www.kcet.org/socal

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323-953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

8:30-9:00 PM

“BBC WORLD NEWS” (#23105)

Listing: “BBC WORLD THIS WEEK”: The highlights of the day’s news and reports in a digest of world events.

Series Producer: BBC World News

Series Web site: http://www.bbcworldnews.com

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323/953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

9:00-11:00 PM

Encore Broadcast (OB: 2/18-25/87)

EYES ON THE PRIZE: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “Mississippi: Is This America? 1963-1964/Bridge to Freedom 1965” (#1903)

Listing: The groundbreaking documentary series examining America’s civil rights years returns to public television as part of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Covering the period from the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi, and the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott through school desegregation, the march from Selma to Montgomery and the Voting Rights Act, “Eyes on the Prize” is considered the definitive history of this formative time in the nation’s life. Narrated by Julian Bond.

“Mississippi: Is This America? 1963-1964”

Mississippi’s grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern.

“Bridge to Freedom 1965”

A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Producer: WGBH Boston

Visit PBS PressRoom for more information: http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/american_experience

PR Contact: Patrick Ramirez, WGBH, 617-300-4251; patrick_ramirez(at)wgbh(dot)org

Friday, April 16, 2010

7:00-7:30 PM

TAVIS SMILEY (#1980)

Listing: Tavis Smiley, the first African American to have his own signature talk show on NPR, hosts a late-night television talk show — a hybrid of news, issues and entertainment, featuring interviews with newsmakers, politicians, celebrities and real people.

Series Producer: THE SMILEY GROUP

Series Web site: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/

PR CONTACT: Soraya Gheissari, KCET, 323/953-5758; sgheissari(at)kcet(dot)org

7:30-8:00 PM

DOWNTOWN “Discoveries” (#115)

Listing: Host Huell Howser brings us stories about the people and places of downtown Los Angeles and captures the energy and excitement of its bustling streets and neighborhoods.

Series Producer: Huell Howser Productions

Series Web site: http://www.calgold.com/

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323/953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

8:00-8:30 PM

“WASHINGTON WEEK” with Gwen Ifill and “NATIONAL JOURNAL” (#4941)

Listing: “WASHINGTON WEEK,” PBS’ longest-running public affairs series, features Washington’s top journalists analyzing the week’s top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans. Gwen Ifill hosts.

Producer: WETA Washington, DC

Visit PBS PressRoom for more information on this series: http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/washington_week

PR Contact: Cecily Van Praagh, WETA, 703-998-2756; cvanpraagh(at)weta(dot)com

8:30-9:00 PM

“SoCal Connected” (#227)

Listing: “SoCal Connected” is KCET’s hard hitting weekly news magazine that investigates and reports on the issues that affect Southern California, from the economy to the environment. Recently described as the “60 Minutes of the west”, “SoCal Connected” has won numerous awards — including six Emmys, eight Golden Mikes, and was named among the “100 Best” by Los Angeles magazine. Anchored by Val Zavala, the program airs at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays and 8:30 p.m. Fridays with encore broadcasts on Saturdays and Sundays, only on KCET.

Series Producer: KCET Los Angeles

Series Web Site: http://www.kcet.org/socal

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323-953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

9:00-10:00 PM

“BILL MOYERS JOURNAL” (#1351)

Listing: Veteran journalist Bill Moyers hosts a weekly public affairs series entitled “BILL MOYERS JOURNAL” — the name of his first important series on public television 35 years ago. Moyers re-invents the broadcast for the 21st century, with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy.

Photos available on PBS PressRoom®

Producer: Public Affairs Television, Inc.

PBS PressRoom: http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/bill_moyers_journal

Series Web site: http://www.pbs.org/moyers

PR CONTACT: Diane Domondon, Public Affairs Television, 212-560-8530; domondond(at)thirteen(dot)org

10:00-10:30 PM

“BBC Newsnight” (#113100)

Listing: The international version of “BBC Newsnight” is a weekly round-up of news and current affairs including interviews with global opinion formers and documentary features from all over the world. Presenters include Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark, Gavin Esler and Emily Maitlis. Thought-provoking and informative, “BBC Newsnight” offers in-depth analysis of complex global issues.

Series Producer: BBC World News

Series Web site: http://www.bbcworldnews.com

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323/953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

10:30-11:00 PM

“NOW ON PBS” (#616)

Listing: PBS’ Emmy Award-winning weekly newsmagazine “NOW ON PBS,” hosted by David Brancaccio, engages viewers by probing the most important issues facing democracy.

Producer: Jump Start Productions, LLC

Visit PBS PressRoom for more information on this series:

http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/now

PR Contact: Joel Schwartzberg, NOW ON PBS, 212-560-2858; schwartzbergj(at)thirteen(dot)org

Saturday, April 17, 2010

5:30-6:00 PM

“BBC Newsnight” (#113107)

Listing: The international version of “BBC Newsnight” is a weekly round-up of news and current affairs including interviews with global opinion formers and documentary features from all over the world. Presenters include Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark, Gavin Esler and Emily Maitlis. Thought-provoking and informative, BBC Newsnight offers in-depth analysis of complex global issues.

Series Producer: BBC World News

Series Web site: http://www.bbcworldnews.com

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323/953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

6:00-6:30 PM

“SoCal Connected” (#227)

Listing: “SoCal Connected” is KCET’s hard hitting weekly news magazine that investigates and reports on the issues that affect Southern California, from the economy to the environment. Recently described as the “60 Minutes of the west”, “SoCal Connected” has won numerous awards — including six Emmys, eight Golden Mikes, and was named among the “100 Best” by Los Angeles magazine. Anchored by Val Zavala, the program airs at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays and 8:30 p.m. Fridays with encore broadcasts on Saturdays and Sundays, only on KCET.

Series Producer: KCET Los Angeles

Series Web Site: http://www.kcet.org/socal

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323-953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

6:30-7:00 PM

“McLaughlin Group” (#2816)

Listing: “McLaughlin Group” is the renowned, fast-paced weekly public affairs program hosted by John McLaughlin, and featuring a panel of respected journalists. In rapid-fire debate each week, the Group offers information, analysis, and opinion on the major issues of the day. Regular panelists include Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Tony Blankley, and Lawrence O’Donnell.

The “McLaughlin Group” is in its twenty-third year, and is produced in association with WTTW11 by Oliver Productions, Inc., at WRC-TV studios in Washington, D.C.

Series Producer: WTTW 11

Series Web site: http://www.mclaughlin.com/

PR CONTACT: Joanie Bayhack, WTTW, (773) 509-5431

7:00-8:00 PM

ROAD TRIP “Ferndale” (#149)

Listing: Huell steps back in time in Ferndale — a town that officially holds the distinction of being California Historic Landmark #883.

Series Producer: Huell Howser Productions

Series Web site: http://www.calgold.com/

PR CONTACT: Cathy Williams, KCET, 323/953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

Additional Press Contacts:

Jessica Robinson, KCET; 323-953-5308; jrobinson(at)kcet(dot)org

Diana Barraza, KCET; 323-953-5707; dbarraza(at)kcet(dot)org

Cathy Williams, KCET; 323-953-5243; cwilliams(at)kcet(dot)org

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