Showing posts with label PBS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PBS. Show all posts

Monday, December 18, 2017


Tavis Smiley On GMA

ABC NEWS -- Tavis Smiley fires back at sexual harassment allegations: 'PBS made a huge mistake'.

Talk-show host Tavis Smiley defended himself again against sexual harassment allegations today on "Good Morning America," saying, "PBS made a huge mistake here."

PBS suspended the distribution of his eponymous talk show earlier this month after an investigation, noting "multiple, credible allegations," the network confirmed to ABC News in a statement.

During a live sit-down interview, Smiley, 53, reiterated that "I've never groped, I've never coerced" women into sexual relations on his staff "in 30 years over six different networks."

He added, "I celebrate and applaud these women who had the courage to come out," but he's concerned that because of the recent climate, "people end up being guilty simply by accusations."

A PBS spokesperson added, "PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today's decision."

Smiley previously denied the allegations and criticized the investigation in a video posted to Facebook.

"If having a consensual relationship with a colleague years ago is the stuff that leads to this kind of public humiliation and personal destruction, heaven help us," he said. "This has gone too far. And I, for one, intend to fight back."

"To be clear, I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering 6 networks over 30 years. Never. Ever. Never," he said.

 "The PBS investigators refused to review any of my personal documentation, refused to provide me the names of any accusers, refused to speak to my current staff, and refused to provide me any semblance of due process to defend myself against allegations from unknown sources," Smiley added. "Their mind was made up."

But in a separate statement, PBS defended their investigation.

A sponsor for his talk show, Walmart, paused their relationship with him in light of the investigation.

"We take these issues very seriously and are troubled by the recent allegations," the company said in a statement obtained by ABC News. "As a result, we are suspending our relationship with Mr. Smiley, pending the outcome of the PBS investigation."

Walmart was also backing Smiley's upcoming tour, titled "Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience," based on his 2014 book of the same name. The show, centered on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., was expected to reach 40 cities nationwide until it was cancelled by its production company, according to a statement obtained by ABC News.

A statement from Mills Entertainment read, "In light of the recent allegations concerning Tavis Smiley, Mills Entertainment will not be moving forward with the 'Death of a King' project at this time. We believe deeply in the message of this production and the importance of commemorating Dr. King in this crucial moment; however, we take seriously the allegations and will be suspending our relationship with Tavis Smiley and T.S. Productions."

"The Tavis Smiley Show" has aired on PBS for 14 seasons.

Video Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney


Tuesday, December 05, 2017


Christiane Amanpour

New York, NY and Arlington, VA - PBS and WNET have announced that the acclaimed nightly global affairs interview program Amanpour will be presented on an interim basis to PBS stations nationwide. Amanpour on PBS willair on THIRTEEN, New York's PBS station, beginning Monday, December 4 and will roll out on PBS stations beginning December 11 at 11 pm (check local listings). The program will continue to air on CNN International weekdays at 2pm and 5pm Eastern.
PBS is also finalizing plans for a second public affairs program to follow Amanpour on PBS in the 11:30pm half hour time slot, rounding out the hour, with a separate announcement to follow.

Featuring conversations with global leaders and decision makers on the issues affecting the world today, " Amanpour on PBS adds to the long tradition of public affairs programming that has been a hallmark of public media for decades," says PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger.

"Christiane Amanpour is a fearless and uncompromising journalist," said Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET. "We are pleased to welcome her to the PBS system and are gratified to offer this thorough and responsible news program to viewers nationwide."

CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour has earned every major television journalism award, including eleven News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award. She has received nine honorary degrees, has been named a CBE and was this year inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She is an honorary citizen of Sarajevo and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of the Press and the Safety of Journalists.

Sunday, November 26, 2017


Holiday Inn

Great Performances premieres Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn -- The Broadway Musical as part of the Broadway's Best lineup on PBS. The festive production from the Roundabout Theatre Company premiered Friday, November 24th, and available to stream the following day via 

Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of Broadway-as well as his fiancé dance partner Lila-to settle down at an old farmhouse in Connecticut ... but life just isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a turn for the better when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a seasonal inn with show-stopping performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim's best friend, Ted, tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?

Songs include such Irving Berlin all-time classics as "Shaking the Blues Away," "Heat Wave," "Blue Skies," "Cheek to Cheek," "It's a Lovely Day Today," "Easter Parade," and, of course, "White Christmas."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013



By: G. H. Harding

LL Cool J

JIMI LIVES --- A pioneering electric guitarist, Jimi Hendrix (Nov. 27, 1942-Sept. 18, 1970) had only four years of mainstream exposure and recognition, but his influential music and riveting stage presence left an enduring legacy. Thirteen’s American Masters series traces the gone-too-soon guitar great’s remarkable journey from his humble beginnings in Seattle, through his stint as a U.S. Army paratrooper, unknown sideman to R&B stars such as Little Richard, Joey Dee and the Isley Brothers, and his discovery and ultimate international stardom.

American Masters: Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’ premieres nationally Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 9 – 11 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings or

The same day, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings, will release the expanded home video edition of the American Masters documentary, with never-before-released special performance features, on DVD and Blu-ray.

Hear My Train A Comin’ unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies taken by Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician’s personality and genius.

Recently uncovered film footage of Hendrix at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival is among the previously unseen treasures featured in the documentary.

Additionally, a CD and limited edition vinyl set of Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival, the first-ever release of one of the guitar virtuoso’s most sought-after performances, will also be released November 5.

The first-ever major rock festival staged on the East Coast, the May 1968 Miami Pop Festival at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., was the first event promoted by Woodstock organizer Michael Lang and Ric O’Barry (dolphin trainer for Flipper TV series), who were inspired by the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, where Hendrix made his U.S. debut and famously set fire to his guitar.

Presented as part of a year-long celebration around Hendrix’s 70th birthday year, American Masters: Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’ uses Hendrix’s own words to tell his story, illustrated through archival interviews and illuminated with commentary from family, well-known friends and musicians, including Paul McCartney, band members Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox, long-time sound engineer Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, Vernon Reid, Billy Gibbons, Dweezil Zappa and Dave Mason.

The film also features revealing glimpses into Hendrix and his era through interviews with the three women closest to him: Linda Keith (the girlfriend who introduced Jimi to future manager Chas Chandler), Fayne Pridgon (who befriended Hendrix in Harlem in the early 1960's) and Colette Mimram (one of the era’s most influential fashion trendsetters who provided inspiration for Hendrix’s signature look and created such memorable stage costumes as the beaded jacket he wore at Woodstock).

Two-time Grammy-winning director Bob Smeaton, whose credits include Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child, Hendrix: Band of Gypsys, Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock, Festival Express and The Beatles Anthology, shows a side of Hendrix less frequently explored.

Smeaton explains, “Jimi loved two things: women and playing guitar and that’s what Linda, Faye and Colette all told us. These women shed a totally different light on him than the guys who saw him onstage.”

XM's Brett Winterble exclusively interviews Smeaton tonight on his show.

ROCK & ROLL DAYDREAM – The voters have spoken and last night it was announced that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has finally acknowledged the 70’s. Their new list of possible new inductees includes Hall & Oates and Linda Ronstadt.

Seattle’s Nirvana will also be up for induction. Other nominees include The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Yes, Link Wray, The Zombies, The Replacements, Cat Stevens, KISS, LL Cool J, The Meters, Chic, Deep Purple, and Peter Gabriel.

Left at the altar yet again: Sting, Bon Jovi, Chicago, The Moody Blues, Carly Simon, the late Billy Preston, Chubby Checker, Cyndi Lauper, The Monkees, Todd Rundgren, and Sonny & Cher, and so on.

This year the public can vote along with the 600 members of the Rock Hall. I'm not sure it would count, but it can't hurt.

Rebecca Holden And Abraham McDonald

CLOSING NOTES --- Rockers On Broadway turns 20 – the unique annual event featuring Broadway’s finest talent performing the best of rock, pop and soul, will be performing their next event at NYC ‘s Le Poisson Rouge (the old Village Gate) in downtown New York, on Monday, November 11.

The format will be 20 of the best numbers from its first two decades of shows.

This year’s event is significant because it honors two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff and rock legend Pete Townshend, the visionaries behind the award winning production of The Who’s TOMMY, the groundbreaking musical that truly brought rock & roll to Broadway and inspired cast member Donnie Kehr to create this highly anticipated event.

Also slated to appear are: Preston Truman Boyd (Big Fish); Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid/Jersey Boys); Eden Espinosa (Wicked/Brooklyn/Rent); John Arthur Green (Matilda/West Side Story); Emma Hunton (Next To Normal/Spring Awakenings) … I've been re-visiting the DVD of Duran Duran/Diamond In The Mind and am just loving in. One of the so-called New Romantic bands that actually still exist, their performances and songs are just exquisite. Am particularly loving the songs "The Reflex," "All You Need Is Now," "Reach Up for The Sunrise," and, "Notorious.' Simon Le Bon's voice is still magical. A great visit yet again ... One more TV note: CBS' The Mentalist, which looks to be finally wrapping up it's Red John arc this year, is just terrific. Simon Baker as Patrick Jane is better than ever. All in all, it has been a great series ... Right now, in Nashville, producer Joel Diamond (with video-wizard Jimmy Adams) are shooting the video for Rebecca Holden and Abraham McDonald's "Dreams Come True." 

Thursday, November 08, 2012



Ryan Seacrest

Emmy Award-winning radio personality, television host and producer Ryan Seacrest has signed on to narrate the third season of Pioneers of Television, PBS’ Emmy-nominated series that brings to life the stories of television’s most beloved stars. PIONEERS OF TELEVISION returns to PBS on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 8:00 p.m. ET and runs through February 5. The new season’s four episodes are “Funny Ladies” (January 15), “Primetime Soaps” (January 22), “Superheroes” (January 29), and “Miniseries” (February 5).

Stars featured in PIONEERS include Carol Burnett, Lynda Carter, Joan Collins, Diahann Carroll, Richard Chamberlain, Patrick Duffy, Lou Ferrigno, Tina Fey, Louis Gossett Jr., Larry Hagman, Cloris Leachman, Joan Rivers, Leslie Uggams, Rachel Ward, Adam West and Betty White, among many others.

In Pioneers of Television more than 100 stars bring their stories to life, telling backstage tales of America’s favorite shows. Each episode melds compelling new interviews with iconic clips and never-before-seen photos to offer an insider’s look at television’s biggest celebrities.

“We are thrilled to bring another season of Pioneers of Television to PBS and the American public,” said executive producer Steve Boettcher. “It’s doubly exciting to have our show led by Ryan Seacrest, who’s both a major television star, and an ardent fan of television’s pioneers.”