On-Air Highlights

TV Picks for the week of Dec. 15

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Dec 10, 2013 12:01 PM
  • Sunday December 15 at 8:00pm - Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey - A mini-marathon of episodes 3, 4, and 5 from season 3. See how badly amiss things have gone at Downton Abbey.
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    Monday December 16 at 8:00pm - Antiques Roadshow - A new episode of never-before-seen appraisals from Antiques Roadshow's 2011 season. Highlights include one of a set of six inherited chairs, made 50 years ago by a furniture designer who also did commissions for Aristotle Onassis; a rare and extensive collection of WWII prison camp materials that posthumously established a glider pilot’s eligibility for a medal from the U.S. Department of Defense; and a drawing and lithograph by iconic American artist Grant Wood, as well as a trunk containing some of his possessions, acquired by the owner from Wood’s aunt and valued at $14,000 to $22,000.
  • Tuesday December 17 at 9:00pm - How Sherlock Changed the World - The fictional Sherlock Holmes was a scientist who used chemistry, bloodstains and minute traces of evidence to catch criminals. In an era when eyewitness reports and “smoking gun” evidence were needed to convict criminals, Sherlock Holmes’ crime-scene methods were revolutionary. Forensic scientists, crime historians and Sherlockian experts reveal for the first time the astonishing impact Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation had on the development of real-life criminal investigation and forensic techniques. With a mix of interviews, dramatic reconstruction and archives, the program tells the story of the impact and legacy of the most famous crime fighter in history.
  • Wednesday Decemeber 18 at 10:00pm - Life on Fire: Icelandic Volcanoes - The 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland provoked economic chaos by paralyzing a major air traffic network for days. This eruption, however, was mild. Much more powerful volcanoes in Iceland are ready to wake up. Through spectacular aerial footage of this country, which is an accumulation of lava and ash, a maze of craters and faults, the episode tries to discern which volcano could wake up next and what the consequences of a major eruption are likely to be. Europe has come to realize that a colossal power sleeps beneath Iceland, while Icelanders for centuries have learned to live amongst their volcanoes.
  • Thursday December 19 at 8:00pm - HealthSmart - According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost one out of every two adults has at least one chronic disease and one out of three US adults is considered obese.  On HealthSmart: Familiar with Food we’ll take a look at the American diet.  How has it changed over the years and what role does it play in our current health situation?  Plus, we’ll find out what is truly the healthiest way to eat. Join us for witf's Health Smart Thursday December 19 at 8:00pm.  
  • Friday December 20 at 10:00pm - Christmas at Belmont - Nashville shows why it’s called Music City as acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves hosts this annual production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Nearly 700 Belmont University student musicians join Graves, the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir to present the seasonal celebration. The program also features the University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Bluegrass Ensembles.
  • Saturday December 21 at 8:00pm - Waiting for God: Christmas Special - In this special hour long episode Diana refuses to join the Christmas spirit so Tom sends for Baby Diana and also invites some homeless people to stay in Harvey’s flat for the holiday.

Next week:

  • December 22 at 9:00pm - Masterpiece Classic - Downton Abbey  - August 1920. Bates is freed from prison, to the resentment of Thomas. Upon O'Brien's advice, Thomas makes a midnight visit to Jimmy's room and falls into O'Brien's trap. Branson plans to baptise baby Sybil a Catholic. Branson's drunkard brother is coming to Downton. While Lord Grantham discourages Edith's desire to become a journalist, Violet supports her granddaughter. Matthew continues to confront Lord Grantham about the estate's mismanagement.... September 1920.  Downton Abbey's annual cricket match with the village takes place, bringing out Lord Grantham's competitive side. Violet's great niece, Lady Rose MacClare - the daughter of Violet's niece, Susan, Marchioness of Flintshire and her husband, Hugh, Marquess of Flintshire - visits. A trip to London reveals that there is more to her than meets the eye: she's a wild girl who likes to drink and party. Carson controls Thomas's future, and Thomas finds an unlikely ally in Bates. Mary and Matthew are keeping secrets from one another.
  • December 27 at 9:00pm - American Masters: Marvin Hamlisch - By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only 2 PEGOT winners ever. Hit after hit 'The Way We Were,'Nobody Does It Better' and scores for The Sting, Sophie's Choice and the Broadway juggernaut 'A Chorus Line' made him the go-to composer and performer for film, Broadway, every U.S. President since Reagan and concert halls worldwide. A child prodigy accepted at Juilliard at age six, he defied classical expectations to create his own music. When his unprecedented streak ended, Hamlisch fell into a self-described 'period of suffocating despair' before rebounding to find true love worthy of a Broadway musical and renewed passion for creation. With exclusive access to Hamlisch's personal archival treasure trove, new interviews with A-list collaborators from Barbra Streisand to Steven Soderbergh and complete cooperation from his family, this documentary tells a deeply personal, insider story of one of the great artists of our time.



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