The nominations are in!

KET programs receive nominations for Regional Emmys

Check out the some of the KET programs and segments recently nominated for 2014 Regional Emmy Awards.

Wendy Whelan

Each of these features focuses on an aspect of life that is uniquely the Commonwealth — country music destination Renfro Valley, Shelbyville’s Claudia Sanders Dinner House — or heralds the accomplishments of Kentuckians, such as Hollywood hunk Victor Mature or New York Ballet’s Wendy Whelan. And much more!

In addition to the playlist below, nominations also went to the Kentucky Muse program “Frank X. Walker: I Dedicate This Ride;” and Kentucky Life “An Art for Expression.”

Other nominations include News Quiz; Kentucky Life “Goin’ Country;” Kentucky Life “Flaget High School: The Great Spirit Lives On;” Jubilee Live “Festival of the Bluegrass 40th Anniversary;” and to Renee Shaw and Dave Shuffett as host/moderator of Connections with Renee Shaw and Kentucky Life, respectively.

Come to KET’s YouTube channel, or click below, to sample a playlist of some of these outstanding programs. And stay tuned for an announcement of the winners, coming soon!

Double Dan, Kentucky Life

Trent Altman, Kentucky Life

Camp Nelson Honor Guard, Kentucky Life

Artist Ken Swinson , Kentucky Life

Victor Mature, Louisville Life

Claudia Sanders Dinner House, Louisville Life

The Louisville Clock, Louisville Life

Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville Life

Lexington’s Craft Beer Breweries, Kentucky Life

Country Girl at Heart B&B, Kentucky Life 

Songwriter Paul Gilley, Kentucky Life

Renfro Valley, Kentucky Life

Wendy Whelan: Moments of Grace,  Kentucky Muse


Come to our Appraisal Fair July 26!

What’s it worth?

If you’re an Antiques Roadshow addict or Kentucky Collectibles junkie, you know that moment of the big reveal, the price tag, can be a thrilling moment in television history — or a dose of reality when a treasure turns out to be better suited to Elvis’s basement rumpus room.

You can see which way the wind blows on your cherished item by bringing it to KET’s appraisal fair for Kentucky Collectibles this Saturday, July 26 at Louisville’s Frazier History Museum, located at 829 West Main St.

When you donate $100 to KET, you are guaranteed one ticket to the fair, which allows one person to bring in up to two items to be appraised by our experts.

This year the appraisers are Clark Art and Antiques, Cowan’s Auctions, Cross Gate Gallery, Farmer’s Jewelry, Garth’s Auctions, J. Sampson Antiques and Books, Mike’s Music, Nussbaum Antiques, Richard Mook, and St. John and Myers.

Donate now and reserve your tickets today! You can also donate by phone at (800) 866-0366.

A silver racing trophy was one of the items appraised at last year’s event

Machiavellian monster

Get your creep on with original House of Cards

Whether they binge-watched it over a single weekend, or drew out the evil slowly over weeks or months, millions of viewers were captivated by the slick, conspiratorial congressman from the South, Francis Underwood, in the Netflix original series House of Cards.

Just one of the back-row boys

But the incredible Kevin Spacey wasn’t the original Francis. That honor goes to Ian Richardson and his unctuous Francis Urquhart, who brought the character to life in the BBC’s Emmy-winning 1990 production of the bestseller by Michael Dobbs.

Now you can sit beside the British Francis as he backstabs and manipulates his way through Parliament when KET begins the House of Cards Trilogy Monday, June 16 at 9/8 pm on KET and Saturday, June 21 at 11/10 pm on KET2.

The story, while understandably altered for its American setting in the Spacey version, is basically the same: snubbed by the new prime minster for a senior cabinet post, Chief Whip Urquhart sets his sights on ruining Prime Minister Collingridge, much as Frank Underwood undermined the president.

The asides Francis give us, the audience, are intact as well, and if anything, are more pronounced. Unfortunately for us, through these uncomfortably intimate “conversations,” Urquhart’s machinations become a shared responsibility. Like it or not, you’re going to be his co-conspirator.

The British House of Cards moves much more quickly and presents fewer side plots than the American version. The wife looms more in the background than Robin Wright’s cold Claire Underwood, yet she’s just as in step with her husband’s ambitions.

Mattie Storin

Also central to the story is the young reporter, here named Mattie Storin, who quickly becomes enamored with the Chief Whip who worms his way into her journalistic heart by passing along juicy political tidbits. His favorite phrase in confirming what he wants to see in print, “You might think that, Mattie — I couldn’t possibly comment,” becomes a prelude to their eventual mutually beneficial affair.

There are delectable touches throughout — frequent long shots of rats along the Thames with the House of Parliament looming pompously in the background, the regal, bombastic theme music which belies the corruption it trumpets.

Seeing the Netflix version is, of course, not essential to a delicious viewing experience of the trilogy. After the initial four-part House of Cards, we’ll present the follow-up To Play the King and The Final Cut.

It adds up to a summer of mesmerizing, evil entertainment — even if, after an hour saturated by Urquhart’s corrupt mind, you’ll no doubt feel compelled to take a long, hot, cleansing bath.

“You might think that. I couldn’t possibly comment.”


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