Archive for May, 2014

Here’s a thriller you won’t forget

John Hannah and Brendan Coyle


In the mood for a gritty, psychological thriller to start  your summer off right?

Look no further than Amnesia, which follows the crumbling life of Detective Sergeant “Mack” Stone, a black-out drunk, and his dangerous obsession with an unsolved mystery.

Stone is played by John Hannah, who starred as the grasping nobleman Batiatus in the brutal Starz miniseries Sparticus: Blood and Sand.

For all those longing for a familiar face from Masterpiece, Amnesia features “Downton Abbey’s” own mystery man, Mr. Bates, in the role of D.C. Ian Reid.

In Amnesia, while investigating the disappearance of his wife, Stone loses his grip on reality, hones in on amnesia patient John Dean and pursues him relentlessly. But as Stone’s behavior becomes more erratic, his claims seem less credible — leaving him to question his own memory.

A suspenseful story packed with intricate twists, this intelligent drama will keep you guessing until the very end, as the two flawed protagonists move towards their thrilling final confrontation.

Amnesia airs Sunday, June 1 at 9/8 pm on KET and Thursday, June 5 at 9/8 pm on KET2.

Summer days are ahead! New times for kids’ programming

School is out for the summer — or soon will be across the Commonwealth. (Thanks to our snowy winter, a lot of schools are heading into June still holding classes.)

But we’re starting summer anyway! Beginning June 2, our daytime kids’ schedule is changing, with the goal of providing a better mix of shows all day long.

For all you curious Georges out there, here are the details. Times Eastern/Central.


6/5 am
6:30/5:30 am
Sid the Science Kid


7/6 am
7:30/6:30 am
8/7 am
8:30/7:30 am
9/8 am
9:30/8:30 am
10/9 am
11/10 am
11:30/10:30 am
Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts
Curious George
Curious George
Peg + Cat
Dinosaur Train
Sesame Street
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Noon/11 am
2:30 pm/11:30 am
1 pm/noon
1:30/12:30 pm
2/1 pm
2:30/1:30 pm
3/2 pm
3:30/2:30 pm
4/3 pm
4:30/3:30 pm
5/4 pm
5:30/4:30 pm
Dinosaur Train
Dinosaur Train
Super Why!
Thomas & Friends
Peg + Cat
Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
Curious George
Curious George
Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts


6/5 pm
6:30/5:30 pm
Martha Speaks

War is hell — and you can see it here

The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy, France, by the World War II Allies is approaching — and KET and PBS have a number of programs to remember this significant event.

Launched June 6, 1944, it is the largest seaborne invasion in history.

You can read KET’s story about Kentuckian Robert Williams, who parachuted behind enemy lines under the dark of night and in the landing’s less-than-ideal weather. When we interviewed him a couple years ago for Visions, he was still emotional recounting the memory.

He’s also got a lot of memorabilia in his basement, some of which you can see in KET photographer Steve Shaffer’s photo in the story. Probably the most poignant is the photograph of him in 1994, where he and other former paratroopers re-enacted their D-Day jump 50 years later:

“When the pilot started up the engines on that old C-47 transport, that’s when the guys got quiet. Fifty years disappeared. The smell of the plane, the sound of the engine. It all came back to me.”

To get analysis using today’s technology, tune in to D-Day 360 Tuesday, May 27 at 9/8 pm on KET to see LiDAR re-creations of the D-Day invasion.

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast National Memorial Day Concert of a night of remembrance featuring The Voice’s 2013 winner Danielle Bradbery, as well as musical prodigy Jackie Evancho, who you’ll remember from her Great Performances special. It airs Sunday, May 25 at 8/7 pm and repeats at 9:30/8:30 pm on KET.

Death and the Civil War: American Experience is filmmaker Ric Burns’ exploration of the key battles and immense implications of the Civil War’s staggering death toll on America. See it Monday, May 26 at 9/8 pm on KET.

Every Day is a Holiday tells the inspiring story of Paul Loong, an American Legion member, retired Veterans Affairs doctor, and practicing Catholic, who talks to his daughter, a Chinese-American filmmaker, about his experiences becoming an American citizen and as a prisoner of War in Japan. It airs Monday, May 26 at 10/9 pm on KET2.

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