On-Air Highlights

A Look at June TV Highlights

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | May 29, 2015 8:06 AM

We kick off the month with some minor changes to the PBS Kids Schedule as children wind down the school year.  The early afternoon schedule is getting a makeover: Cat in the Hat moves up to 2:30pm and then we return two series to the schedule - Thomas and Friends at 3:00pm and Cyberchase at 3:30pm.  There will be additional changes to the PBS Kids schedule this fall including the addition of a new series, Nature Cat.  More details to come soon. 

Almost reluctantly I'm going to talk about food next, as the mention of these decadent programs evoke hunger pangs for me!  WITF welcomes a new cooking show into our daytime mix with Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu airing Mondays at 1:00pm.  Alamelu Vairavan is a native of the Chettinad region of South India.  Over the years, she developed a deep interest in teaching and promoting the use of spices, legumes, and Indian cooking techniques into healthy food preparation. 

About a year ago we added a new food block to the Sunday schedule at noon.  Mind of a Chef and A Chef's Life continue in this block with the addition of two new series: BBQ with Franklin and Lucky Chow.  Aaron Franklin is the host of BBQ with Franklin and regarded as one of the most influential pitmasters in the United States. BBQ with Franklin guides us through history, culture, and the tried-and-true methods of firing up local ingredients. Danielle Chang is host of Lucky Chow. She travels across America, exploring the Asian food landscape and examining a different food theme from many of the country's most renowned chefs and culinary stars.

Thursday June 11, WITF presents a new episode in the Keystone Crossroads series at 8:00pm.  The latest episode examines distressed cities in Pennsylvania under Act 47. As economies change and populations shift, how can Pennsylvania's financially distressed cities get back on track.

The following Thursday WITF continues the 10th season of HealthSmart with a look at mental health.  We explore  barriers to receiving treatment for mental illness and the improvements made under the Affordable Care Act  for screening and treatment.  Tune in on June 18 at 8:00pm.

We'll be in a bit of transition this month regarding Sunday evening dramas.  Jewel in the Crown, which began in March, concludes this month.  Then, later in June another new Masterpiece series rolls out with Poldark at 9:00pm beginning June 21 as well as the new series The Crimson Field at 10:00pm. The following Sunday,  Last Tango in Halifax returns for its third season at 8:00pm and then from the Masterpiece archives, The Forsyth Saga begins at 11:00pm.  All four series continue through July and into early August. 

WITF also will broadcast two Masterpiece series from 2012 this month. Birdsong from Masterpiece Classic will air over two Saturday nights. A three-episode season of Wallander from Masterpiece Mystery will run back-to-back in a mini-marathon on June 14 beginning at 6:30pm to 11:00pm. 

Another we'll be repeat this month is Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.  This captivating three-part series originally aired  in March and returns Sundays 6:00pm-8:00pm beginning June 21 through July 5.

The series First Peoples joins our Wednesday science line-up for several weeks.  See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive.  Each episode focuses on a different continent beginning with the Americas (north and south).

July 4 is on a Saturday this year. Be sure to join us for the annual Capital Fourth spectacular on WITF.  Details will come in next month's guide.  Enjoy your June!

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