May 2017– TV Programming Highlights
May 25 @ 9pm – 2017 National Geographic Bee
The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Students from 10,000 schools across the United States are competing in the 2017 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.
May 28 @ 7pm, encore at 9pm – National Memorial Day Concert 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017, marks the 28th annual broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, bringing us together as one family of Americans to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, military families and all those who have given their lives for our country. The concert features acclaimed actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise and an all-star lineup of actors and musicians along with top pops conductor Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra.
May 30 @ 9:30pm – Frontline: Being Mortal
FRONTLINE teams up with writer and surgeon Atul Gawande to examine how doctors care for terminally ill patients. In conjunction with Gawande’s new book, Being Mortal, the film explores the relationships between doctors and patients nearing the end of life, and shows how many doctors — including himself — struggle to talk honestly and openly
June 2017– TV Programming Highlights
June 1 @ 9pm – Canine Soldiers: The Militarization of Love
Canine Soldiers is a one-hour documentary film that explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols.
June 2 @ 8pm – The 76th Annual Peabody Awards
Rashida Jones, a cast member of Peabody Award-winning “Parks and Recreation,” and star of “Angie Tribeca,” will serve as the host. The 76th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony will be held in New York. The collaboration marks the first time the awards ceremony will be telecast on both national broadcast and cable television.
June 3 @ 7pm – encore @ 8:30pm – Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution
“Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution” is a look back at the creation, and ongoing influence, of the revolutionary 1967 Beatles album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. When The Beatles stopped playing live in 1966, they suddenly had the time to pour all of their energy into writing and recording, creating an album that was a performance unto itself. Hosted by British television presenter Howard Goodall, “Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution” will use visually striking elements to conjure up the psychedelic world of Sgt. Pepper, provide context for the culture of the day, and show how the album was driving force within that culture.
June 3 @ 10pm – Journey in Concert: Houston 1981
The music of Journey, one of the 70s and 80s top “hard pop”/arena bands, has become ingrained in American culture. The band has had 18 Top 40 hits, and has sold 48 million albums in the US. Popular lead singer Steve Perry was with the band for a total of 13 years. This concert, part of Journey’s 1981 “Escape” tour with Perry in the lead, was filmed in Houston, TX during the height of the band’s success.
June 4 @ 7pm – Weddings of Downton Abbey
For all six seasons, the relationships of the couples on Downton Abbey have had us celebrating, commiserating, and above all, sharing their most vulnerable and very best moments. This celebration includes some of the most romantic and touching wedding scenes and episodes from the across the seasons of Downton Abbey.
June 5 @ 7pm – JFK: The Lost Inaugural Gala
JFK: THE LOST INAUGURAL GALA opens a window into the glamour and excitement that descended on the nation’s capital for his 1961 inauguration, with a never-before-seen musical event: the Pre-Inaugural Gala produced by and starring Frank Sinatra. It was a star-studded musical celebration videotaped for national broadcast with performances by Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Gene Kelly and more. But a colossal blizzard knocked out power in DC, and those show-stopping performances remained in the vaults — until now.
June 5 @ 8:30pm – A Conversation with Bill Moyers
Join the award-winning journalist, political commentator and author as he reflects on his life and storied career, from his days as White House press secretary for President Johnson to network news reporter to host of numerous programs for PBS.
June 6 @ 7pm – Paul Simon: The Concert in Hyde Park
Paul Simon’s headlining set at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling Festival took a rapt audience in London’s Hyde Park on a trip through Simon’s extensive songbook, from “The Sound of Silence” and “The Boxer” to “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and “Late in the Evening.” The performance also features vibrant renditions of “You Can Call Me Al” and “The Boy in the Bubble” from his landmark album Graceland, in honor of its 25th anniversary
June 7 @ 7pm – American Epic Sessions
Jack White and T Bone Burnett invite today’s greatest artists to test their skills against the long-lost machine that recorded their musical idols and forebears by rebuilding a 1920s recording device, timed by a weight-driven system of clockwork gears. Stripped of the comforts and security of modern technology, the artists have three minutes and one chance to get their music etched into the surface of a revolving wax disc before the weight hits the floor. Going back to basics and capturing the energy of a unique live performance in the grooves of a rotating wax disc, these recordings are heard exactly as they were made—“lightning in a bottle.”
June 15 @ 8pm – Little League: A History
Narrated by legendary baseball broadcaster Vin Scully, LITTLE LEAGUE: A HISTORY traces the 75-year history of the world’s largest organized youth sports program, from its humble beginnings in Williamsport, Penn. to its current status as a worldwide phenomenon. Past and present Little League players, administrators, coaches, umpires, and others reflect on the role Little League played on their lives.
June 15 @ 9pm – Superheroes: A Never-Ending Story (series)
Narrated and hosted by Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Showtime’s Ray Donovan), SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is the first documentary to examine the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact.
June 16 @ 8pm – The Great British Baking Show (new season)
Follow 12 amateur bakers in their quest to be named Britain’s best. As judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood create 30 new challenges to test their skill and creativity, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are with them every step of the way.
June 18 @ 8pm – Grantchester Season 3 on Masterpiece (series)
The whiskey-drinking and jazz-loving vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) returns alongside his friend and veteran cop Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green) for a second season of crime solving in the small country parish of Grantchester
June 20 @ 7pm – The Story of China (series)
This series, written and presented by historian Michael Wood, explores the history of the world’s oldest continuous state, from the ancient past to the present day.
June 21 @ 7pm – Big Pacific (series)
The Pacific Ocean covers one third of the Earth’s surface, holds half of our world’s water, and hides the deepest place on our planet. It’s where huge and iconic, rare and dazzling creatures call home — and where creatures yet to be discovered lurk. Big Pacific breaks the boundaries between land and sea to present the Pacific Ocean and its denizens in way never before seen on television.