November 2013 – TV Programming Highlights
Nov. 1 @ 8pm – Great Performances: Moby Dick from the San Francisco Opera
GREAT PERFORMANCES partnered with San Francisco Opera, one of the nation’s leading opera companies, to record Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s adaptation of the classic Herman Melville novel Moby Dick.
Nov. 4 @ 7pm – Antiques Roadshow: Junk In the Trunk 3
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW packed a trunkful of treasures to share from the six cities visited during the Season 17 tour. “Junk in the Trunk 3” is a new episode with never-before-seen appraisals from ROADSHOW’s 2013 season, including a Myrtle Beach guest with a sports collection that would make any Celtics fan turn green with envy, a diamond and platinum ring in Corpus Christi, and a valuable old book with a mysterious past in Rapid City that is valued at $35,000 to $50,000.
Nov.5 @ 8pm – American Masters: Jimi Hendrix
Experience the pioneering guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s life and music through never-before-seen performance footage, archival interviews, photographs and family letters. The film features new interviews with Hendrix family members, band mates, Paul McCartney and others.
Nov. 7 @ 7pm – The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer
THE SMARTEST TEAM™ is an hour-long documentary which shows how football programs and athletes can reduce concussions and their effects by playing smarter. The brainchild of visionary youth sports health and safety and parenting expert and author, Brooke de Lench, and drawing on her experience, both as a parent of a concussed high school football and lacrosse player and as the founder and publisher of MomsTEAM.com,® the acknowledged “pioneer” in youth sports concussion education, The SMARTEST TEAM shows de Lench working with the football program at Newcastle High School in rural Oklahoma reducing the concussion rate in one season by 75%.
Nov. 8 @ 8pm – Great Performances: Stephen Sondheim’s Company
Legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical Company centers on Bobby, a confirmed bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday with his 10 closest friends (five couples). This 2011 New York Philharmonic concert production starring Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby won rave reviews. Harris’ co-stars include Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks, Anika Noni Rose, Jon Cryer and Martha Plimpton performing the show’s many Sondheim standards.
Nov. 11 & 12 @ 8pm – American Experience: JFK
Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin’s bullet, John F. Kennedy’s presidency has often defied objective appraisal. This new portrait offers a fresh assessment of the man, his accomplishments and his unfulfilled promise. Produced and directed by Susan Bellows, JFK features interviews with Kennedy family members and historians including Robert Dallek, Robert Caro, and Evan Thomas. Beginning with Kennedy’s childhood years as the privileged but sickly second son of one of the wealthiest men in America, the film explores his early political career as a lackluster congressman, his successful run for the U.S. Senate, and the game-changing presidential campaign that made him the youngest elected president in U.S. history.
Nov. 13 @ 9pm – Secrets of the Dead: JFK One PM Central Standard Time
This program tells the story of two men: one, the president of the United States — shot in Dallas and rushed to Parkland hospital, his fate unknown — the other, respected CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, knowing he had to get the story right amid the uncertainties of that tragic day. Narrated by George Clooney and featuring an interview with President Bill Clinton, the special recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the New York CBS Newsroom from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at 1:00 p.m. CST.
Nov. 14 @ 7pm – Challenge! Season IX Premier
The 2014 battle for the KEDT “Challenge Cup” begins between 24 South Texas high schools. First up is a match between the Victoria West Warriors and Calallen Wildcats.
Nov. 19 @ 8pm – Lincoln@Gettysburg
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proved himself a master of a new frontier — not on the battlefields of the Civil War, but in his high-tech command center: the War Department Telegraph Office. The internet of the 19th century, the telegraph gave Lincoln new powers to reshape leadership and wield personal control across distant battlefields. It also connected him to the country in new ways, as information poured in, and allowed him to feel the pulse of the country faster than before. The results of Lincoln’s pioneering experiment in communication led to the rebirth of America on the fields of Gettysburg … both in the battle that turned the tide of the Civil War and in the few words that recast the American ideal as a national creed: the Gettysburg Address. David Strathairn (Lincoln) narrates.
Nov. 20 @ 9pm – Comet Encounter
In this program, scientists around the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event, the path of the sun-grazing comet ISON. The comet, somewhere between one and 10 kilometers in diameter, is currently just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. As it races past Earth toward the sun, it will likely develop a tail to light up the night skies. Then ISON will slingshot around the back of the sun, to emerge perhaps brighter than ever. But there’s jeopardy, too; ISON could evaporate completely, or the sun’s gravity could tear it apart, producing a so-called “string of pearls” – several small comets arching across the night sky. Don’t miss the breathtaking images captured in this special.
Nov. 23 @ 8pm – ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013
Enjoy selected performances from performers at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, including Dr. John, Duane Eddy, Richard Thompson and more.
Nov. 24 @ 7pm – The Mark Twain Prize: Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett — comedic icon and all-around performing legend — is the guest of honor when, for the 16th year, the comedy world convenes in Washington, DC, to toast this year’s recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The all-star cast includes Julie Andrews, Lucie Arnaz, Tony Bennett, Tim Conway, Tina Fey, Rashida Jones, Vicki Lawrence, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and Rosemary Watson. The program features comedic highlights from Burnett’s half-century in show business.
Nov. 27 @ 7pm – Nature: My Life as a Turkey
Based on the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto, portrayed by wildlife photographer Jeff Palmer, this film chronicles Hutto’s remarkable experience of imprinting wild turkey eggs and raising the hatchlings to adulthood. Deep in the wilds of Florida, Hutto spent each day out and about as a “wild turkey” with his family of chicks — until the day came when he had to let his children grow up and go off on their own. As it turned out, this was harder than he ever imagined. Hutto’s story also became a book,Illumination in the Flatlands.
Nov. 29 @ 8pm – Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn
The legendary Barbra Streisand makes a historic homecoming to Brooklyn at the new Barclays Center arena, marking the superstar’s first Brooklyn concert since her childhood years. Joined by special guests Il Volo and Chris Botti, Streisand performs an extensive selection of songs from throughout her five-decade career, including a touching duet with her son, Jason Gould.