March 29, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 31 - April 5, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Technically, it's the day before opening day. But that's not too early for "Major League Baseball" to get the ball rolling. The Rangers welcome the Astros to the American League in the season's first official game. 5 p.m. ESPN They know something about birthing some babies: Nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine)
March 27, 2013 |
I'm of two minds about “Philip Roth: Unmasked,” the “American Masters” documentary that airs Friday night on PBS. On the one hand, it's always a pleasure to hear Roth, who turned 80 this month and recently announced his retirement, speak - about the push and pull of family, the consolations (or lack thereof) of sex and literature and the never-to-be-resolved issue of identity, all subjects that have infused his writing for more than 50 years. On the other, the film, which marks the first time Roth has given an extended interview on camera, is oddly toothless, a by-the numbers hagiography.
February 25, 2013 |
"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," the 2012 feature documentary about the outspoken Chinese artist, will air on PBS Monday night as part of the Independent Lens series. In Southern California, the movie is scheduled to air on PBS SoCal (KOCE) at 10 p.m. The documentary, directed by Alison Klayman, debuted last year at the Sundance Film Festival where it won a special jury prize, and was later released in movie theaters in the U.S. Ai has risen to fame in recent years for his conceptual art but more so for his online activism, which has gotten him into trouble with Beijing officials on a number of occasions.
February 19, 2013 |
"Raising Adam Lanza," which premieres Tuesday as part of the PBS series "Frontline," is one of a number of programs the network is airing this week under the banner "After Newtown. " Undertaken in concert with the Hartford Courant, it focuses on Nancy Lanza, the mother of the Sandy Hook Elementary School killer and also his first victim, to try to make a senseless act more sensible. It fails, of course. There are some nuggets of new information, to be sure, which "Frontline" and the Courant had jealously guarded; reviewers were forbidden to publish these facts before the paper unveiled them in a more detailed print story last Sunday.
February 5, 2013 |
PBS SoCal, the local home of "Downton Abbey," is bringing in a network veteran to help beef up operations. The former KOCE-TV - which became Southern California's leading PBS outlet after KCET-TV left the network more than two years ago - has tapped Andy Russell as chief operating officer. He will report to PBS SoCal President and Chief Executive Mel Rogers. Russell, a native Californian and Stanford grad, has spent 18 years working at PBS and the Corp. for Public Broadcasting.
February 5, 2013 |
Longtime Public Broadcasting Service executive Andrew Russell is joining PBS SoCal as chief operating officer as the public television station ramps up its operations to better serve Southern California. Russell, who currently serves as PBS' senior vice president for strategy and research, has more than 18 years' experience with PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where he helped shape PBS' prime-time schedule and developed the Ready-to-Learn service for pre-school children.
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January 27, 2013 |
Stanley Karnow, an award-winning author and journalist who combined insightful reporting with personal accounts and historical sweep in books on the Vietnam War and the Philippines and the critically acclaimed public television series that accompanied the works, died Sunday at his home in Potomac, Md. He was 87. Karnow had congestive heart failure and died in his sleep, said son Michael Karnow. A former correspondent for Time, the Washington Post and other publications, Karnow was one of the first U.S. journalists to report from Vietnam in the late 1950s, when American involvement in South Vietnam was still confined to a small group of advisors.
January 15, 2013 |
Cabaret fanatics - and you know who you are - invariably suffer a persistent worry: What if there is some amazing live gig out there I don't know about? Well, Monday night your worst nightmare came and went -- unless you were one of some 200 people in Pasadena for an Audra McDonald set. Admittedly, this was a cloistered event, arranged for TV critics and press members in town to preview PBS shows for the network's spring lineup. McDonald is hosting “Live From Lincoln Center” this season.
January 14, 2013
The chief of PBS has a message for "Downton Abbey" fans: I'm not trying to make your life miserable with spoilers. "We're not punishing our viewers," PBS President and Chief Executive Paula Kerger reassured reporters Monday morning at the Television Critics Assn. TV press tour in Pasadena. The problem is that PBS runs episodes of the smash British costume drama weeks after they have aired in the U.K. That means that American fans often find spoilers online that prematurely reveal important plot twists.
January 7, 2013 |
The ratings juggernaut that is "Downton Abbey" shows no signs of stopping. The Season 3 premiere of the World War I-era British costume epic on PBS on Sunday drew 7.9 million total viewers, its highest total yet, according to Nielsen. That figure is four times PBS' typical nightly average and nearly twice the 4.2 million who showed up for the Season 2 premiere last January. The series wrapped up its third season on Britain's ITV last month, with a number of spoilers floating about online.