Posts Tagged ‘PBS’

Go big blue!

Big Blue Live dives into life in Monterey Bay

It’s one great big reality show, the nature version, when scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts come together for amazing live television.

Their goal is to document the extraordinary rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California. Big Blue Live begins Monday, Aug. 31 at 8/7 pm on KET and continues Tuesday and Wednesday nights, also at 8/7 pm.

Expect to see some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures — humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and brown pelicans — convene in this once-a-year event.

The multi-platform event will be anchored by four on-air correspondents from a reporting hub at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from aboard NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ research vessels. Leading scientists and other experts will provide additional insights.

Monterey Bay’s unique underwater geography, with a deep ocean canyon close to shore, brings species by the thousands into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

At this time of the year, krill and other small marine creatures attract sardines and anchovies to the bay, which, in turn, attracts other links in the marine life food chain.

The on-air correspondents include Dr. M Sanjayan, the host of EARTH A New Wild, and the senior scientist at Conservation International and Dr. Joy Reidenberg, the host of Sex in the Wild, a comparative anatomist with expertise in marine mammals. She will be on location as a primary science contributor, providing insight into the anatomy of the wide range of marine life in Monterey Bay.

It’s live — and online!

The multi-platform, digital experience for Big Blue Live will be at, where users can watch the live streaming simulcast of each episode. You can also watch the broadcast and interact with a series of live marine wildlife cameras throughout Monterey Bay.

The site will also be a social hub, where you can discover, explore and join the national conversation about the series.

To participate in the conversation, and for a chance to have your post featured on the website’s social mosaic, use hashtag #BigBlueLive across social media.

He’s Poldark — and handsome

All-new Masterpiece recreates 1970s hit series

Almost 40 years ago Captain Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions of PBS viewers, vexing villains and winning female hearts in one of Masterpiece’s earliest hit series, Poldark.

Now the gallant captain rides again in a thrilling new version with all the action, adventure, and romance of the original, plus even more spectacular Cornish scenery and local color. It begins Sunday at 9/8 pm on KET and Thursday at 9/8 pm on KET2.

Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is about to marry his first cousin.

A ratings hit when it aired on the BBC, Poldark was praised by the British press: “An intoxicating cocktail of lusty romance and historical drama, set among the crashing ocean waves and savage beauty of Cornwall,” said the Mail on Sunday.

In a special appearance, Robin Ellis, who starred as Ross Poldark in Masterpiece’s original adaptation, plays Reverend Halse, the village’s sin-obsessed parson.

The series is based on a beloved series of novels by Winston Graham. The first, Ross Poldark, was published in 1945; the last, Bella Poldark, appeared in 2002, the year before Graham’s death. All 12 are subtitled A Novel of Cornwall and trace the fortunes of a landed, mine-owning family in Cornwall two centuries ago.

Don’t miss a minute of this spectacular new summer series!

Forget crocodiles!

Meet the new star Down Under: Kangaroo Dundee!

He’s a man on a marsupial mission.

From his sanctuary in the bush outside Alice Springs, Chris “Brolga” Barnes cares for his orphan kangaroos, and spends months training and preparing them so that one day they can be released back into the wild.

Kangaroo Dundee — a new three-part series beginning Wednesday, June 3 at 8/7 pm on KET and Saturday, June 6 at 6/5 pm on KET2 — introduces the most recent additions to Brolga’s kangaroo family – orphan joeys Rex and Ruby.

Fragile at first, they must receive constant care from Brolga, from night feeds and toilet training, to learning to use a pillowcase as a pouch.

Over the weeks, the series follows their progress. Will they overcome the obstacles they face and one day be ready for release?

Living in a tin shack with no power, Brolga faces a sometimes lonely life, but, out in his sanctuary, he’s kept busy by his kangaroo clan.

They include Ella, a female who teaches Brolga the tricks of raising joeys.

And then there’s mob boss Roger — a ferocious adult male who takes trespassers on his turf extremely seriously.

From battling to save injured orphans, to taking on troublesome teenage wallabies, Kangaroo Dundee reveals the extraordinary lengths Brolga and his volunteers are prepared to go to in order to protect the creatures they love.




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