November 2017– TV Programming Highlights
Nov. 1 @ 8pm – NOVA: Killer Hurricanes
Follow a team of experts investigating the Great Hurricane of 1780 that killed more people than any other Caribbean hurricane. Discover what made the storm so deadly and whether mega-storms are more likely to strike in our rapidly changing climate.
Nov. 2 @ 7pm – Texas Medal of Arts Awards
This biennial event celebrates the state’s legendary artists, entertainers, and arts patrons with a series of events, including red-carpet arrivals, a star-studded awards show with special musical performances, and a gala dinner. The evening will spotlight Texas’ best talent in music, film, dance, visual arts, corporate and individual arts patronage, multi-media, television, architecture, theatre, arts education, literary arts, and lifetime achievement.
Nov. 2 @ 8pm – Brainstorm
Brainstorm explores the devastating effects seizures have on memory, why some with epilepsy deny their condition, and treatment options like surgery. The film shows a wide range of seizures, including Stacia’s, and leading epileptologists explain how a normal functioning brain can suddenly flip and produce strange behaviors that someone has no control over.
Nov. 3 @ 8pm – Great Performances: Noel Coward’s Present Laughter
Enjoy legendary Tony Award-winner Kevin Kline in Noel Coward’s backstage comedy about a self-obsessed actor in a midlife crisis amidst fawning ingenues, crazed playwrights, unexpected twists, with Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen and Cobie Smulders.
Nov. 8 @ 8pm – NOVA: Killer Floods
Uncover geologic fingerprints of colossal floods that violently reshaped the ancient world. Follow geologists around the globe as they reconstruct catastrophic Ice Age floods more powerful than all the world’s top ten rivers combined.
Nov. 8 @ 9pm – Frontline: Business of Disaster
Disasters are big business. Follow an investigation with NPR into who profits when disaster strikes. The film focuses on Superstorm Sandy: the thousands still not home, the agencies that were supposed to help and the companies that made millions.
Nov. 9 @ 7pm – Mark Twain’s Journey to Jerusalem: Dreamland
Retraces Mark Twain’s footsteps as a cub reporter on a bold adventure sailing around the Mediterranean and throughout Europe in 1867, with Jerusalem and the Holy Land as his ultimate destination. The 31-year-old reporter convinced a San Francisco newspaper to pay for his excursion aboard the Quaker City (the world’s very first cruise ship at that time), in exchange for writing about his travels in regular dispatches. Narrated by Martin Sheen.
Nov. 9 @ 8pm – Remembering Leonard Nimoy
An intimate journey into the personal life of Leonard Nimoy, a prolific actor and director who is best known for playing Spock in the Star Trek franchise. The hour-long documentary features stories from his childhood growing up in Boston in the 1930s and 1940s, an overview of his early career in Hollywood, and a snapshot of his big break-out role on the popular sci-fi series. It also offers a glimpse into the last years of Nimoy’s life.
Nov. 10 @ 8pm – Great Performances: In the Heights Chasing Broadway
Follow a group of talented young creators led by composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda as they produce an original musical–a Latin and hip-hop-infused story of a neighborhood and the first-generation Americans who call it home.
Nov. 10 @ 9pm – Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live
Rock with the great American stadium rock band, having sold 25 million records and won of 11 Grammy Awards, captured in peak performance at the iconic ancient amphitheater at Athens’ Acropolis, hosted by Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer.
Nov. 15 @ 8pm – Beyond a Year in Space
Picking up where the first film left off—Scott Kelly’s last day in space and return to Earth—the final installment also introduces viewers to the next generation of astronauts training to leave Earth’s orbit and travel into deep space.
Nov. 16 @ 7pm – Challenge Season XIII
The 2018 battle for the KEDT “Challenge Cup” begins between 24 South Texas high schools. First up is a match between the Veterans Memorial Eagles and the Gregory Portland Wildcats.
Nov. 16 @ 8pm – This is The House that Jack Built
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth, the documentary chronicles his early years and examines his lasting legacy. The hour-long film touches on familiar themes of JFK’s life, and his ascent to the presidency, his mistakes and triumphs. It also explores new and little-known stories. Revelations include: a new CIA staffer and her discovery of a file on Oswald that soon thereafter went missing, and the Warren Commission’s pressure on 19-year- old Buell Wesley Frazier, who drove Oswald to work on November 22, 1963.
Nov. 17 @ 8pm – Great Performances: Indecent
See Paula Vogel’s Tony Award winner inspired by the true story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. The play with music looks at an explosive moment in theatrical history.
Nov. 20 @ 7pm – David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize
his year, the Kennedy Center has selected Emmy Award-winning comedian, David Letterman as the recipient of the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Letterman has been hailed as one of the most innovative and influential broadcasters in the history of television. In 33 years on late-night television, Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night (NBC) and The Late Show (CBS), surpassing his mentor, Johnny Carson, for the longest-running late-night broadcast.
Nov. 23 @ 8pm – Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars
Join Anne Shirley as she turns 13 and faces complex issues with friends, adults and Gilbert. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to be sensible, a journey fraught with confusion and some unfortunate—albeit amusing—mishaps.
Nov. 24 @ 8pm – Great Performances: Holiday Inn- The New Musical
Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score including the Oscar-winning “White Christmas” with big dance numbers, comedy and a hit parade of the great songwriter’s famous tunes.