BURBANK, CA - February 3, 2014 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, debuts new series and seasons of the station's most popular shows beginning in February.
Artbound Season 4 - Thursdays beginning Feb. 13 at 9 p.m.
Artbound, KCET's award-winning transmedia arts and culture series, returns for a fourth season premiering Thursday, Feb. 13 at 9 p.m. Through articles, essays, and thinkpieces published online by more than 50 contributors in 11 counties, Artbound's correspondents cover cultural happenings in the communities where they live, providing an inside look at art across the region.
The first episode of season 4 journeys across Southern California and reveals unique events and happenings in various cities. In San Bernardino, explore the tubular sandbagging construction techniques of the California Institute of Earth Architecture, whose handmade structures are redefining sustainable housing. In Boyle Heights, the group Public Matters' Market Makeover project is addressing the "grocery gap" in "food deserts," areas that have limited access to quality, healthy food. In Riverside, Hiromi Takizawa's Ultraviolet installation observes the role of light in architectural and environmental spaces. In Lincoln Heights, three Mexican American DJs form Metralleta de Oro, a group specializing in Sonidero, an extremely rhythmic sub-genre of the Mexican, Central and South American cumbia. In East Los Angeles, visual artist Jaime "Germs" Zacarias takes inspiration from religious iconography, lucha libre, and the city of Los Angeles to create his signature tentacle-filled works. Finally, the episode features an in-studio performance by goth-indie rocker Chelsea Wolfe.
Doc Martin Season 6 - Thursdays beginning Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
Doc Martin, the highest-rated regular series on public television in Los Angeles and the most popular weekly show on KCET, returns with brand new episodes in the highly anticipated season 6. Martin Clunes reprises his role as Dr. Martin Ellingham, the G.P. with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood. His tactless bedside manner leaves a trail of outraged patients, angry relatives and frightened dogs behind him in the sleepy village of Portwenn, England. His love interest, school headmistress Louisa Glasson, played by Caroline Catz, continues to grapple with Martin's abrasive personality as she tries to make sense of their new life together with baby James Henry.
Season 6 introduces new characters, reveals shocking news, and presents a wedding that may finally take place between Doc and Louisa.
House of Cards - Sunday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
For the first time on public television in more than two decades, KCET will present a marathon of BBC's iconic political thriller, House of Cards. The series, starring prolific stage and screen actor Ian Richardson, explores the complex and maniacal political landscape of the country following Margaret Thatcher's tenure. The series is also the basis for the critically acclaimed Netflix adaptation.
Adapted by Andrew Davies from Michael Dobbs' novel, House of Cards debuted on the BBC in 1990 to popular acclaim. The series, which consists of four, 60-minute episodes, follows protagonist Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson), who is the chief whip of the Conservative party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader, he remains neutral and after a general election where the conservatives are returned with a reduced majority, he fully expects the new Prime Minister, Henry Collingridge (David Lyon), to give him his just reward: a senior Cabinet post. When he's informed that he is to stay in his current position, he devises a plot to unseat Collingridge and ensure his own election as party leader and Prime Minister with encouragement from his wife, Elizabeth (Diane Fletcher).
Democracy Now! - Weekdays beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 9 a.m.
Democracy Now!, the national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, is committed to covering issues conventional media tends to avoid and brings the voices of the marginalized public to the airwaves. Goodman and Gonzalez's engaging reports feature interviews with activists, muckrakers, visionaries, artists, academics and everyday citizens who share a commitment to truth, justice, diversity and peace.
The program's "War and Peace Report" provides viewers with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders, peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts.
Both Time Magazine and NBC's Meet the Press named Democracy Now! as a top podcast for news and information. The series, airing on more than 1,100 public television and radio stations worldwide, has won many prestigious industry awards including, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and the 2012 Gandhi Peace Award.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.