The Week Ahead

I’m sure most of you real TV fans are settling into your evening watching routine. It’s been a couple of weeks since the new fall season started, and by now you have a pretty good idea of what you want to watch and what you’ll happily let go. Seems the networks feel the same way, the first two cancelations of the new season have already been announced, so long LONE STAR and MY GENERATION. Whoever said ‘patience is a virtue’ wasn’t a TV programmer pouring over audience numbers.

It’s a tough world out there in TV country. The audience has hundreds of channels to choose from covering just about any type of program you can think of. How in the world do you get someone to watch your channel these days? How do you stand out in the crowd? How can you compete against THE JERSEY SHORE and do you really want too? Let’s look at the week ahead on WOSU TV and see how we stack up against the crowd.

On Monday we start off with our most popular program ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. We follow the Roadshow with a new AMERICAN MASTERS; LETTER TO ELIA.

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This is a portrait of an extremely talented director – On the Waterfront, East of Eden, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gentleman’s Agreement, A Face in the Crowd — who many still can’t forgive for what he did, “naming names” during the days of the Hollywood blacklist. This is a film about the director and his talent and influence as told by another extremely talented director Martin Scorsese.

On Tuesday POV goes back in time to 1971 with THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICAN: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS.

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg decided that America’s role in the Vietnam war was based on decades of lies. He leaked the Pentagon Papers, 7,000 pages of top-secret documents, to The New York Times. Ellsberg tells his story in this interesting documentary. All these years later, was it the right thing to do, did we learn from history?

On Wednesday evening Micheal Feinstein starts his three part series exploring America’s songbook.

Michael Feinstein explores the history of American popular song. You’ll see him on stage and behind the scenes. He shares personal stories about the songwriters and looks for musical treasures with other collectors. This is entertaining program filled with great music and history from 20th century pop culture.

Following Michael on Wednesday evening is another award winning performance by Sir Patrick Stewart. He reprises his tony nominated role in the GREAT PERFORMANCES production of MACBETH.

On Thursday it’s a brand new season of This Old House Hour. Work begins by helping the Sharma family renovate their 1940′s house on Boston’s famous Charles River. Of course there are always surprises in every renovation, even for these guys. We finish up the evening with the final episode of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC’S LITTLE DORRIT.

So what do you think, do we stack-up against the crowd? If you ask me I’d have to say yes, but in my humble opinion we usually do. WOSU TV continues to air good quality programming for all interests. Looking at we have to offer this week is a good example. I hope you’ll sample some of what we have to offer this week, and I’ll let you in on a secret, it continues to get better in the months to come.

Stacia H.

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