July 25, 2006 |
SOMEONE WITH moral authority - perhaps Tattle - needs to put out a guidebook to help people escape their pasts. We're not sure why it is that some folks get a free pass on misdeeds committed as impressionable youths while other folks lose jobs over . . . nothing. But there need to be rules, people. The latest victim of the faux-morality police is Melanie Martinez, host of "The Good Night Show" on the PBS Kids Sprout network. Melanie was fired after network officials learned she had appeared in videos called "Technical Virgin.
June 30, 2015 |
FRONTLINE: GROWING UP TRANS. 10 p.m. Tuesday, WHYY12. Nine-year-old Daniel is worried about his changing body. "I've been feeling a little weird," he tells an interviewer. Propped up in bed, clutching one of several stuffed animals, he adds, "I stay up a lot of nights talking with my parents about it. " "To develop breasts would be horrifying for him," says his father. But as PBS' "Frontline" reports tomorrow in the thoughtful and provocative "Growing Up Trans," there are options for children like Daniel that mean they don't have to go through the puberty of a gender they don't consider their own. As long as they move fast.
September 30, 1991 |
In many ways the towering President Lyndon Baines Johnson was America. Unsatisfied with being second fiddle, he scraped and finagled his way to become one of the country's most powerful men. Fate gave him the presidency, and he went to work with unadorned enthusiasm to fix everything. When he finally realized that his strength had limits, he held his head in agony. The American Experience season premiere, "LBJ," (9 p.m. today and tomorrow, Channels 12 and 39) is a four-hour political biography of Johnson.
April 21, 1994 |
Barney, as you may have heard from a preschooler in your life, is going network Sunday night. The NBC special "Bedtime with Barney: Imagination Island" is the purple dinosaur's first television venture outside PBS, where "Barney & Friends" is public television's most popular show. Here's what you need to know: It's an hour long, unlike the PBS show, which is - blessedly - only a half-hour. Younger Barney fans may grow restless. It has commercials. I previewed the show with my 4-year-old, who shouted, "Oh, no!"
January 30, 2000
Meet one of the television season's funkiest new shows: Robot Wars. It's about ugly, homemade, aggressive little machines banging into each other. What fun! There are flashing lights, loud crashes, much noise. And no commercials. Robot Wars is on WHYY, a public television station. Tune into this import from Britain and you'll instantly see the similarities to that American favorite, professional wrestling. It's pretty much WWF with machines rather than bulging pectorals and skimpy bikinis.
March 28, 2012 |
Turns out dudes did watch "Downton Abbey. " We knew it all along, thanks to the guys who spoke with Daily News reporter Molly Eichel last month about what the hit "Masterpiece Theater" costume drama meant to them. And now PBS finally has some numbers to back it up. Ratings for "Downton's" Season 2 were up at least 100 percent among female and male 18- to 34-year-olds above the previous season's average for the "Masterpiece" series, the network reported Wednesday, citing Nielsen's finale ratings.
August 31, 1988 |
On Sept. 10 - in honor of the Seoul Olympics a week later - PBS stations will start the day (10:30 a.m. on Channel 12) with 90 minutes of international video art and live and taped music. David Bowie is the musical headliner for "Wrap Around the World," a live global satellite telecast from 10 countries simultaneously. "Saturday Night Live" alumni Al Franken and Tom Davis will host the show. "Wrap" (not "rap") is the brainchild of video artist Nam June Paik, previously lauded for his work on "Good Morning Mr. Orwell" (1984)
August 13, 1994 |
Domestic violence has belatedly become a topic of national debate, but not with any help from the Public Broadcasting Service, which disclaimed any interest in showing an award-winning documentary that graphically depicts the subject. Defending Our Lives won an Oscar as the best short documentary of 1993, but PBS sent a rejection letter to the producers, asserting that "programming must be free from the control of parties with a direct self-interest in that content. " PBS objected to the role of Stacey Kabat, leader of Battered Women Fighting Back!
October 3, 1997 |
The faces have changed but the concept remains the same, as the pilot for a new ZOOM series begins airing across the county on some 300 PBS stations this month. As free-spirited and free-wheeling as its moniker, ZOOM was a radical concept when it was introduced by Boston's WGBH in 1972. Totally driven by material sent in by its young viewing audience, the series was also performed by an ensemble cast of ordinary kids - Tommy, Bernadette, Danny, Jay, Jon, Nancy and Nina. Running weekday afternoons for six seasons, ZOOM won two national Emmy awards for Outstanding Children's Series and was one of the most-watched programs on public television.
March 20, 1998 |
So just what is it about your house that Bob Yapp is yearning to tell you? Yapp is the latest entry in public television's efforts to shore up your house before it falls down around your ears. His show, About Your House With Bob Yapp, a blend of hands-on and how-someone-you-hire-should-do-it, appears weekly in various time slots on WHYY-TV (Channel 12), the New Jersey Network (Channel 23 in Camden), and WLVT (Channel 39) in Allentown. Yapp will discuss home preservation and maintenance tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the 13th Old House Fair, a two-day event from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, at 33d Street north of Market Street.