OCTOPUS: MAKING CONTACT – The scoop on the new PBS documentary – Part 2 – Exclusive Interview

The common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) from NATURE - OCTOPUS: MAKING CONTACT | courtesy TheSP4N1SH / © Getty Images/iStockphoto and courtesy PBS

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with documentary filmmaker Anna Fitch, Dr. David Scheel, his daughter Laurel Scheel, they talk more the PBS: NATURE film “Octopus: Making Contact,” airing Wednesday, October 2. The discussion includes both the octopus Heidi, who spent a year in a huge tank in the Scheels’ living room, and octopuses in general. AX: Regarding the life span of an octopus, there was another documentary where the implication was that octopus mortality in the wild is that something happens to physically exhaust them – in the case of females, it’s often giving birth – and that […]Read On »

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OCTOPUS: MAKING CONTACT – The scoop on the new PBS documentary – Part 1 – Exclusive Interview

Silhouette of diver with Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini). from in NATURE - OCTOPUS: MAKING CONTACT | ©Minden Pictures/Alamy Stock Photo courtesy PBS

PBS NATURE’s film “Octopus: Making Contact” airs on Wednesday, October 2. The documentary, from director Anna Fitch, examines a number of aspects of the octopus, including its singular evolution: unlike vertebrates, the sea creature has evolved with its esophagus in its brain. “Octopus: Making Contact” also visits Octopolis, in a bay off of Australia’s Sydney Harbor, where normally solitary octopuses live in a colony. (Octopi, it’s explained during a PBS Q&A session for the program, is a Latin affectation adopted by some scientists in the early twentieth century; it’s not necessarily the right word for more than one octopus.) Mostly, […]Read On »

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FRONTLINE: SEX TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA filmmakers chat about new documentary – Exclusive Interview

Several Phoenix Vice detectives make contact with a woman to determine if she is a trafficking victim in FRONTLINE - SEX TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA | ©2019 PBS

PBS’s Tuesday-night documentary series FRONTLINE deals with a variety of complex, sobering issues. On May 28, FRONTLINE presents “Sex Trafficking in America.” As FRONTLINE executive producer Raney Aronson Rath describes it, “Sex Trafficking in America” explores “a hidden epidemic. It’s happening across the country in every state, at alarming rates. And children and teenagers who are online are increasingly at risk. Our team has spent almost three years embedded with an undercover police unit in Phoenix, Arizona, that is trying to tackle this dangerous issue.” The “Sex Trafficking in America” investigative team is headed up by the award-winning duo director […]Read On »

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MASTERPIECE: LES MISERABLES: Actor and executive producer David Oyelowo on the new PBS series – Exclusive Interview

David Oyelowo, Lily Collins, Dominic West in MASTERPIECE: LES MISERABLES | ©2019 BBC/Lookout Point/David Oyelowo

The new six-part drama LES MISERABLES on PBS MASTERPIECE, currently airing Sunday nights (it will repeat at an earlier hour in June), after premiering earlier this year in the U.K. on BBC1. David Oyelowo (pronounced “oh-YELLOW-oh”) plays the fanatical Inspector Javert. Oyelowo is also an executive producer on this non-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s massive 1862 novel set in France as revolution is brewing. Reformed convict Jean Valjean (Dominic West), a genuinely good man, devotes his life to helping others, but Javert is determined to track him down. Oyelowo, originally from Oxford, England, was a regular on the British espionage […]Read On »

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LES MISERABLES: Dominic West on the new PBS drama – Interview

David Oyelowo, Lily Collins, Dominic West in MASTERPIECE: LES MISERABLES | ©2019 BBC/Lookout Point

When most people think about Victor Hugo’s sprawling novel LES MISERABLES, originally published in 1862, they associate it with the hugely popular stage musical and its film adaptation. However, LES MISERABLES has been adapted as a straight drama on a number of occasions. The newest version of LES MISERABLES, a miniseries originally produced by and aired on the BBC, begins airing in the U.S. on PBS MASTERPIECE on Sunday, April 14. Dominic West stars as reformed criminal Jean Valjean, trying to live a good life as he is pursued over decades by obsessed law officer Javert (David Oyelowo), with revolution […]Read On »

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MRS WILSON: Actor Iain Glen chats about new mini-series and GAME OF THRONES – Interview

Iain Glen in MRS WILSON | ©2019 PBS

Actor Iain Glen is having a busy run of Sundays on television. On March 31 and April 7, he stars in the four-hour miniseries MRS WILSON opposite Ruth Wilson, on PBS’s MASTERPIECE. Developed for television by Wilson, MRS WILSON sees Wilson playing her own grandmother, Alison Wilson, whose memoirs were the basis for the miniseries. After her husband, British ex-spy Alec Wilson (played by Glen) died, Alison discovered that he had multiple other wives and families. (Ruth Wilson says there are now enormous Wilson family reunions, where surviving members of all the different strands get together – she suspects there […]Read On »

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RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD – Part 2 – Exclusive Interview

Pat Vegas and members of the Native American rock group are featured in RUMBLE | Photo Credit: Joseph Dominguez

In part two of our exclusive interview with Stevie Salas and the Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, both discuss what they learned during their work on the documentary RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD, making its PBS debut Monday, January 21. ASSIGNMENT X: Has anything you’ve learned in the course of making this film affected your own music, the way you make music, your attitude toward your music, what you want to do with the music? TABOO: It has. It inspired me to be, I say, like the P. Diddy of Native artists. Because I have such a huge platform, […]Read On »

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RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD – Part 1 – Exclusive Interview

Rock guitar legend Link Wray (Shawnee), one of the Native American musicians profiled in RUMBLE. Circa 1970s | Photo by Bruce Steinberg, courtesy of LinkWray.com

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD is a documentary chronicling the influence of Native Americans on rock ‘n’ roll and other musical forms throughout history. The film has shown at festivals and special engagements throughout the world. On Monday, January 21, it will make its PBS debut. Famed guitarist Stevie Salas is one of RUMBLE’s executive producers who got the project in motion. Taboo (birth name Jaime Gomez), of the Black Eyed Peas is partially of Native American descent and one of the musicians interviewed in the film. The two men have known each other a long time, and […]Read On »

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THE GREAT AMERICAN READ: Actor/writer Wil Wheaton talks favorite books – Exclusive Interview

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ logo | ©2018 Nutopia/PBS

PBS brings back THE GREAT AMERICAN READ on Tuesday, September 11. Hosted by Meredith Viera, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ premiered back in May. The series aims to discover “America’s best-loved novel” by means of viewer opinion. To date, two million people have voted, narrowing the list down to one hundred titles. With eight episodes rolling out on successive Tuesday nights, the season finale on October 23 will reveal the top vote getter. (Those interested in voting can do so via pbs.org/greatamericanread, hashtag voting on Twitter and Facebook, an SMS app, and by phone. Actor/author Wil Wheaton is one of the […]Read On »

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L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE GOOD STARS actress Ella Ballentine on the literary heroine – Exclusive Interview

Ella Ballentine in ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES - THE GOOD STARS | © 2017 Gables 23 Productions Inc / Courtesy of Breakthrough Entertainment

L.M. Montgomery’s novel ANNE OF GREEN GABLES has been a literary staple for all ages since it was first published in 1903. The book tells of 11-year-old orphan Anne Shirley and how her life opens up when she goes to live with the aging siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on their rural Canadian farm. The original ANNE and its sequels have been adapted for the screen many times. Last year, PBS aired the latest version of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, the first of a trilogy starring Ella Ballentine as Anne, Martin Sheen as Matthew and Sara Botsford as Marilla. The […]Read On »

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