ARTHUR: Creator Marc Brown on the end of his long-lived children’s PBS series – Exclusive Interview

The characters from the PBS animated series ARTHUR | ©2022 PBS

ARTHUR, the beloved animated children’s series about eight-year-old aardvark Arthur Timothy Read, is entering its twenty-fifth and final season. The last four episodes air together on PBS on Monday, February 11. These depict what happens to Arthur and his friends when they grow up. Prior to that, all episodes of the previous twenty-four seasons of ARTHUR will air on PBS beginning Wednesday, February 16 (check local listings for times). There’s also THE ARTHUR MOVIE, due out in March from Universal Pictures. ARTHUR was originally created as an illustrated children’s book by artist and writer Marc Brown. Brown grew up in Erie, […]Read On »

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CALL THE MIDWIFE: Jenny Agutter on CALL THE MIDWIFE and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON – Exclusive Interview – Part 3

Jenny Agutter and David Naughton in AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON | ©1982 Universal Pictures

In Part 3 of our exclusive interview with Jenny Agutter, she talks about the fortieth anniversary of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, in which she played Nurse Alex Price, as well as more about her ten years of portraying Sister Julienne on CALL THE MIDWIFE – Season 10 airs on PBS on Sundays – and other recent projects. ASSIGNMENT X: Do you do much acting outside of CALL THE MIDWIFE, or do you do something else altogether between seasons? JENNY AGUTTER: I’ve had the opportunity to do two not very big parts, but good fun parts, in Marvel films [THE […]Read On »

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CALL THE MIDWIFE: Actress Jenny Agutter on playing Sister Julienne for ten years – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne in CALL THE MIDWIFE | ©2021 PBS

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with actor Jenny Agutter, she talks more about the British period drama CALL THE MIDWIFE, which is currently airing its tenth season in the U.S. on PBS on Sunday nights (check local listings for specifics). Created by Heidi Thomas, based on Jennifer Worth’s best-selling memoirs, CALL THE MIDWIFE explores the lives and work of the Anglican nuns and lay practitioners of the fictional Nonnatus House in London’s East End. Each season of CALL THE MIDWIFE is set in a successive year. It is currently up to 1966. Agutter, who has played the dedicated […]Read On »

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CALL THE MIDWIFE: Actress Jenny Agutter on new season – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne in CALL THE MIDWIFE | ©2021 PBS

CALL THE MIDWIFE has just begun airing its tenth season in the U.S. Sundays on PBS (check local listings for exact airtimes), with the previous nine seasons currently available on Netflix. The series runs on the BBC in England. Based on the memoirs of real-life midwife Jennifer Worth and adapted for British television by Heidi Thomas, CALL THE MIDWIFE is set at Nonnatus House, a residence for Anglican nuns and lay practitioners who work as midwives in London’s East End. Each season takes place in a new year. Season 10 begins in 1966, when Nonnatus House is facing funding troubles, […]Read On »

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BALLERINA BOYS: Directors Chana Gazit and Martie Barylick on new AMERICAN MASTERS documentary – Exclusive Interview

Trocks performing "Swan Lake" in AMERICAN MASTERS - BALLERINA BOYS | ©2021 PBS

BALLERINA BOYS, a documentary about the all-male comedy ballet troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, airs on AMERICAN MASTERS on PBS Friday, June 4. Founded in 1974, the Trocks, as they are affectionately known, put a humorous spin on classical ballets, with company members performing the female roles in drag. BALLERINA BOYS is directed and produced by Martie Barylick and Chana Gazit. Gazit has been a documentary filmmaker for thirty-five years. Among her multiple awards wins are Emmys for 2005’s SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA, THE PILL on PBS’s 1988 AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and 1991’s HONORABLE NATIONS. Barylick, who […]Read On »

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LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO: Artistic Director Tory Dobrin on new documentary – Exclusive Interview

Dancer Duane Gosa in AMERICAN MASTERS - BALLERINA BOYS | ©2021 PBS

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, often just called the Trocks, have been entertaining audiences since 1974. The Trocks are an all-male dance troupe that performs classical ballets – SWAN LAKE, GISELLE, etc. – in drag, with a comedic attitude and exquisite technical skill. AMERICAN MASTERS on PBS is presenting a documentary about the Trocks, BALLERINA BOYS, on Friday, June 4. Tory Dobrin, the current artistic director of the Ballets Trockadero, previously danced with the company himself (his ballerina name was Margot Lowenoktaine) from 1980 through the mid-‘90s. A California native who moved to New York, Dobrin talks in an […]Read On »

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LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE: Cinematographer and co-host Bob Poole on new PBS docu-series – Part 2 – Exclusive Interview

Cameraman Bob Poole in LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE | ©2021 PBS/Clare Jones

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with wildlife cinematographer Bob Poole, he talks more about the new three-part PBS documentary series LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE, which begins Wednesday, May 19 and continues on successive Wednesdays. With Dr. M. Sanjayan, Poole cohosts LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE, which revolves around a manmade drinking pool set up for the wildlife in Africa’s Mwiba Wildlife Reserve. A camera blind was constructed inside the waterhole, enabling the filmmakers to get unique footage of animals without disturbing them. ASSIGNMENT X: LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE is broken into three seasons: dry, hot, and rainy. Are there […]Read On »

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LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE: Cinematographer and co-host Bob Poole on Africa-set docu-series – Part 1 – Exclusive Interview

LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE | ©2021 PBS

LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE is a documentary series that runs on three successive Wednesdays on PBS, beginning May 19. It chronicles what happens when an artificial waterhole is created inside Africa’s Mwiba Wildlife Reserve in Tanzania. A filming blind is constructed within the waterhole. The animals don’t see the equipment, and the camera operators work remotely. This allows the wildlife to drink without fear, which in turn allows viewers a unique vantage point on Mwiba’s native creatures. LIFE AT THE WATERHOLE covers a year at the title location, through the dry season, the hot season, and the rainy season. It […]Read On »

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ROADKILL: Actor Hugh Laurie and creator David Hare on new miniseries – Interview

Hugh Laurie in ROADKILL | ©2020 PBS

ROADKILL is a four-part British drama, premiering on PBS Masterpiece Sunday, November 1. Hugh Laurie (HOUSE M.D., THE NIGHT MANAGER) stars as English politician Peter Laurence, who is trying outmaneuver a scandal without any regret or remorse. ROADKILL is created and written by David Hare, an Oscar nominee for his screenplays for THE READER and THE HOURS. Both Hare and Laurie take part in a virtual Q&A as part of PBS’s portion of the Summer 2020 Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. This article is derived from that session. What motivated Hare to write ROADKILL? “Oh, golly, that’s such a […]Read On »

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FRONTLINE: THE CHOICE 2020: Producer Michael Kirk on the new PBS documentary – Exclusive Interview

FRONTLINE: THE CHOICE 2020 | ©2020 PBS

FRONTLINE will present THE CHOICE 2020 on PBS, Tuesday September 22. The two-hour program is an exploration of the backgrounds, shaping forces and leadership styles of U.S. presidential candidates President Donald J. Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden. Michael Kirk, who has received sixteen Emmy Awards (and many more nominations) for his work as a producer, director, writer, and telejournalist, has been with FRONTLINE since its inception. As part of PBS’s portion of this summer’s virtual Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, he gives Assignment X an exclusive interview about his work with FRONTLINE and THE CHOICE 2020. ASSIGNMENT X: […]Read On »

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