Sam's Town Point
"...[EDIT: Mary Beth Harrell's campaign says it has been notified that KNCT has reversed the decision detailed below, and will air the episode of NOW on Monday evening at 8pm. Also, the complete episode may be viewed anytime on NOW's Web site.] KNCT, Killeen's PBS station, did a tremendous disservice to its Fort Hood-area viewership on Friday by refusing to show the NOW national political news program that focused on the Congressional District 31 race..."
"...I just watched the coverage of the Texas Congressional District 31 race on PBS's NOW, and it was quite impressive. A great example of how journalism with a viewpoint (make no mistake – any program founded by Bill Moyers is gonna be liberal) can still be evenhanded and not manipulative (see my complaints about HBO's Hacking Democracy)...."
"...Following last year's world premiere of Richard Linklater: dream is destiny at the Sundance Film Festival, Louis Black said, "I never thought about whether or not people would like the film; it just didn't cross my mind." But with the documentary heading to its television premiere on Friday, Sept. 1, as part of PBS's American Masters series, such a thought has by now become impossible to ignore...."
"...Last time we told you about local comedy mover-and-shaker Brently Heilbron, it was because of his emo puppet band, Fragile Rock. This time it's because of his new show on PBS: Stand Up Empire...."
"...PBS's weekly news magazine NOW is taking a trip to Austin this week. The topic is The Unforseen, Laura Dunn's lyrical, dreamlike doc about Gary Bradley's plans to develop over Barton Springs Aquifer..."
"...Mary Beth Harrell's campaign tells us that PBS's excellent political news program Now will be focusing in on Congressional District 31 in its Nov. 3 episode..."
"...In his debut documentary Evolution of a Criminal, Texas filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe weaves together autobiography and atonement, dramatic reenactments and talking head interviews. It airs tonight on PBS’ Independent Lens...."
"...When acts tape an episode of Austin City Limits, as Los Lobos did Monday night to open the PBS concert staple’s 40th season captures, it’s predetermined whether they get 30 minutes or the entire hour. If they kill it, they can be upgraded from the former to the latter..."
"...The PBS series One Square Mile takes a microcosmic approach to "Texas life and culture"; its first season features nine quintessentially Texas spots from El Paso to Port Isabel and everywhere in between. But Feb..."
"...We've joked a little on this blog that Memorial Day has been reduced to "beachside barbecue, naps, and mattress sales." But there's so much more to it than that, and PBS is trying to help us remember the day's true meaning...."
"...How exportable is the American Dream? And how exploitable? Those are some of the questions asked in the harrowing documentary Girl Model, which debuts on PBS’ POV tonight...."
"...Thankfully, American Family premiered on PBS last week, a spin-off from Nava's 1995 film Mi Familia. It's good..."
"...But to get a better idea of the show, why not watch an episode? They have all their past episodes online for viewing, but may I suggest you begin here? A good show, but jeez, that King guy… Special Session convenes Sunday, February 4, at 11am on KLRU. More info from PBS below the fold...."
"...PBS TV shows have a tendency to be so well-done that we seldom stop to think where they came from. Sure, we all know someone had to work on them, but many of them have such a seamless quality that we are liable to just sit back and let the learning flow through us rather than spend any time thinking about their genesis...."
"...Starring: Steven Wright, Rowan Atkinson, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Moore and Jim Broadbent. Any TV watcher with access to PBS and A&E may have already seen these three short films, but that's still no excuse to miss them in their big screen formats where they tend to gain a bit more solidity in addition to the support of audience laughter..."
"...Despite its overlong running time and a tendency towards the dreaded "PBS Effect" (during which the viewer fears a fall fundraising drive may break into the narrative at any moment), this documentary about a Chicago-based, Jewish philanthropist who spent his fortune building schools for impoverished southern blacks during the Jim Crow era (including one in Lockhart) is dependably fascinating. I say “dependably” because director Kempner has made a career out of uncovering semi-forgotten areas of 20th-century Jewish history and turning them into memorably witty and, natch, historical documentaries, chief among them the story of television’s very first (and unquestionably Semitic) sitcom, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs..."
"...Disney can drop dead ... Sailor Moon sleeps with the fishes! In our house, a certain PBS TV show is where it's at..."
"...As department head of UT-Austin's Radio-Television-Film program, documentarian Paul Stekler has taught a few lessons. Midway through his new online series of election shorts for PBS, he's learning one too..."
"...In his own words, here are Ken Burns' objectives for his 10-segment, 19-hour PBS series Jazz, which began airing locally on KLRU (channel 18, cable channel 9) Monday and continues through the end of the month: "All the jazz critics who are sort of sharpening their knives miss the whole point of this ... I see jazz as a particularly objective mirror of who we are as a people, far beyond the music, and telling the story of the music helps us understand ourselves in a much larger sense ....."
"...Tonight brings the premiere of the 27th season of PBS’ award-winning documentary series POV. The series (aired locally at 9pm on KLRU-TV) continues every Monday night throughout the summer and concludes the season with a special broadcast this fall of Drafthouse Films’ Academy Award-nominated film, The Act of Killing...."
"...Tributes and celebrations are planned all over the country. The Smithsonian has re-opened the exhibit containing her home kitchen for the next two weeks at the National Museum of American History, and PBS is sponsoring a 10-day, multi-platform initiative with public interaction...."
"...That crew, by the way, includes Long and Hill, who are being positioned as two starters in the next generation's Dream Team of Comedy. Nothing they do here really furthers their cause, although one does wonder what particular strain of ganja possessed Hill to take on an accent lifted wholesale from PBS's gone-but-not-forgotten Cajun Chef..."
"...Mix and match and you’ll probably arrive at a close approximation of the story, which is one of those complex but boring parlor farce thingies. Aspects of the production are awfully PBS, and Hallström’s direction is as sunny and bland as K-TEL..."
"...The titular, larger-than-life beast in the animated film Clifford’s Really Big Movie, however, is a big red dog the size of a small neighborhood, a canine more apt to lick a human being to death than to chomp one in half. Adapted from the now-canceled PBS cartoon series, Clifford’s Really Big Movie brings the lovable mutt to the big screen with a benign sweetness that kids will enjoy and parents will find tolerable..."
"...What I really want to do is sing the praises of POV (Point of View), the extraordinary and, dare I say, essential PBS series that brings the world to viewers' feet by featuring some of the finest in documentary filmmaking. The series wraps up its 14th season with a POV classic, Frederick Wiseman's High School...."
"...Rhys Ifans is ridiculously funny and exquisitely unbelievable as William's shaggy and blithely repulsive flatmate, Spike. Emma Chambers (who lights up the small screen each week as Alice in the British PBS comedy, Vicar of Dibley) is hilariously discomfiting as Honey, William's sincerely fawning baby sister..."
"...Bean at a sitting. There are only so many pratfalls you can string together sans storyline and keep a ball like this rolling, and unfortunately, too many of Bean's schticks were old news by the time they first aired on PBS...."
"...Why does Nossiter have the weather change in almost every scene -- snowing one minute, then sunny, then overcast again? What's the symbolic import of all those mangy potted plants Madeleine is collecting? Could it even be that Oliver actually is some kind of artist? In the end, none of those annoyances and unanswered questions really matter. The performances by Suchet (previously best known as Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot in the PBS teleplays) and Harrow (The Last Days of Chez Nous) are so brave and so naked and the compassionate, inquiring humanity of the script so fully involving that most viewers will reach out to match Nossiter's faith with their own..."
"...Ever since, the image of Miranda has burned brightly for Solberg. For anyone interested in the mechanics of the Hollywood star machinery, this 1994 documentary, which originally aired on PBS' P.O.V..."
"...Directed by: Robert Heath. This exhaustive documentary on the life of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner feels more like an errant PBS special than full-fledged cinematic documentary: despite its larger-than-life subject, it's a small screen effort..."
"...Directed by: Ken Burns. The director of the acclaimed PBS series The Civil War here tackles the history of early radio and the individuals who invented its technology..."
"...Sixty years after Giant filmed in Marfa, Texas, and went on to become a great American classic, you might think that few stories remain untold about this celebrated movie. But then again, you’re not Austin documentarian Hector Galán, whose Children of Giant debuts tonight on the PBS series Voces...."
"...Practical New Englander Christopher Kimball founded Cook's Illustrated magazine and the popular PBS cooking show America's Test Kitchen to provide American home cooks with fool-proof recipes that guarantee kitchen success. Periodically, he likes to take the show on the road...."
"...Enter the History Detectives, the team of scholars, appraisers, and historians whose sleuthing into the provenance of objects from America's past have been entertaining PBS viewers for a decade. In the current season, their series has been reconceived to tackle full-blown mysteries of history in hopes of uncovering some heretofore unknown answer..."
"...It features everyday folks who want to consult with genealogy experts to explore the stories and such passed down through family history. Earlier this year, PBS created an American version of Genealogy Roadshow and filmed segments in four cities: Nashville, Detroit, San Francisco, and Austin...."
"...The Bletchley Circle, which aired this spring as a miniseries on PBS and which today hit shelves in DVD form, is a fantastically well-produced thriller that tracks four talented women in 1950s London...."
"...Like most patrons of the beloved PBS program, Lyle Lovett first visited Austin City Limits as a fan before making his proper debut with Nanci Griffith in 1984. With that in mind, and in honor of the final taping on the UT campus this past Monday, OTR asked past and present staff to recall their first experiences in Studio 6A...."
"...does so tediously. The painstaking approach of PBS's God In America is not what bothers as much as the pacing and the mind numbing flipping back and forth between talking heads and images..."
"...I'm in a PBS K-hole! Help. Man oh man, I love public broadcasting, especially when the blockbuster documentaries come along and rile everyone up! Enter: Ken Burns' seven-part miniseries about the Second World War simply titled The War...."
"...The contribution of Latinos in World War II is nonexistent in the film. Several groups and individuals have met with PBS President Paula Kerger, asking that the film not be released until this omission is corrected..."
"...photograph byMarlene Hanlin Local documentary filmmaker Don Howard doesn't look like the sort of guy to challenge existing stereotypes and subvert accepted knowledge, but then he doesn't look too much like an ex-high school quarterback either, though he is. His documentary Letter From Waco (which aired nationally on PBS in September) took preconceived notions of one of Texas' more notorious cities and peeled them away to reveal something far more interesting and unique than just botched ATF raids and Southern Baptists...."
"...The documentary, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, premieres tonight on PBS, and it's a perfect introduction to that Midwestern city...."
"...The book tackles the shockingly common and horrific topics of sex trafficking, rape, extreme poverty, and maternal mortality in a way that speaks to both hearts and minds. Monday night I sat riveted watching the first half of the documentary based on the book during its world premiere on PBS...."
"...The new word from PBS regarding The War and how to quell the outrage at the omission of Latinos from the Ken Burns documentary occurs after this issue has gone to press. This is one of those rare quiet moments in the midst of a storm when you can look at it from another angle...."
"...Strong words, considering that the aforementioned Bob is none other than SpongeBob SquarePants, the goofy Nickelodeon cartoon character. Buster is an animated bunny from the popular PBS series Arthur, whose "Postcards From Buster" segments feature Buster and his father traveling across the nation to meet real-life people to capture their way of life or work..."
"...So listen, PBS, we need to talk. First of all – you know I love you, right? You're like family..."
"...15, noon & 9pm, Sunday, Dec. 17, 5pm, PBS): Austin-based documentary filmmaker Hector Galán's The Forgotten Americans focuses on the struggles of people living in "colonias" along the Texas-Mexico border..."
"...It screens Thursday (11/10), 9pm, on KLRU, as part of PBS' long-running POV series...."
"...David Brancaccio has groupies. It wasn't exactly a mob scene last week at the University of Texas' College of Communication, but when the former host of PBS' NOW and special correspondent to American Public Media's Marketplace was milling about what is now called "Studio 6A, the historic site of Austin City Limits," fan excitement was palpable..."
"...Thanks to the Internet, the uproar was swift. As a card-carrying BHL, I received no fewer than six pleas from like-minded friends, as well as progressive online media organizations like MoveOn.org, to save PBS, imploring me to contact my state representatives and demand that the funds be reinstated..."