It was as simple as a memorial could be. With snow dusted mountains to the east, a lucid ocean view to the west, the sun slowly anchored down below a thick of clouds. The group of about 100 gathered at Griffith Observatory on Wednesday night to honor the late TV legend Huell Howser took in the sight, along with throngs of tourists from near and far.
"This is the day we lost one of the greatest Californians," said L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who has been organizing these sunset salute memorials since Huell's passing in 2013. He then invited a number of people to speak about Huell, including Luis Alvarado, the honorary mayor of Griffith Park, where Huell filmed stories.
"He was the only person that when he said gold, you felt so good about it," Alvarado explained, a nod to one of Huell's TV titles and oft-used phrases, "California's Gold."
Two years have passed since Huell Howser's untimely death on January 7, 2013, and fans continue to celebrate the life and career of the TV personality who has become synonymous with "California's Gold."
Like in years past, L.A. City Councilmember Tom LaBonge will organize a sunset salute commemorating Howser this Wednesday at 4 p.m. Event-goers are asked to assemble at the western deck of the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles by the James Dean statue.
New year, new broadcast schedule.
As you set your mid-season TV viewing plan (or DVR), keep in mind that KCET will be overhauling its weekly schedule beginning in January. You can now embark on adventure with Huell Howser seven nights a week at 7 p.m. (beginning Saturday, January 3) and travel throughout Europe with Rick Steves each weekday at 7:30 p.m.
Here KCET's primetime schedule, beginning January 5.
Nothing says holiday time quite like festive music and indulgent food. Here are the holiday-themed programs KCET will air in honor of the auditory and gustatory pleasures that await you in the next week. With the exception of "Healthy Heritage Kitchen," "50th Annual Chapman University Holiday Wassail Concert," and "Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel," this marks the KCET debut for all the programs below.
Visit the KCET holiday hub for the latest holiday-themed news, articles, recipes, programs, preparation tips, and community events.
Rejoice "Arab Labor" fans (side note: "laborers" would be a great fandom name), the Alian family is returning for a new season. Season three of the critically acclaimed Israeli sitcom debuts on KCET on Saturday, December 6. The first two episodes will air back-to-back from 10 to 11 p.m.
Two new half-hour episodes will air every Saturday during the the same time block. Full episodes will also be streaming online indefinitely. New videos will be posted here weekly during the broadcast.
For someone who entered our homes on a daily basis through the TV screen, Huell Howser is still somewhat of an enigma. "A Golden State of Mind" -- the documentary on Howser and his iconic series that will be re-airing on December 17 at 9 p.m. -- sheds more light on the TV personality's "storytelling genius," groundbreaking vision, and southern roots. Here's what we learned from the film.
It's only fitting that the television premiere of the Huell Howser documentary falls on Thanksgiving Day. As the film -- aptly titled "A Golden State of Mind: The Storytelling Genius of Huell Howser" -- demonstrates, Howser was thankful for the little things in life. His wide-eyed fascination (often accompanied by the drawn-out phrase "that's amAzing") about California history, geography, topography, food, and culture, and everyman approach to reporting and storytelling was unrivaled.
Before watching the touching movie (we dare you not to shed a tear during the conclusion), which airs back to back Thursday at 8:03 p.m. and 9:31 p.m., for a behind-the-scenes look at "California's Gold," "Visiting," and "Road Trip," catch up on the episodes of his iconic TV series featured in the film.
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KCET is honoring Native American Heritage Month in November with several documentaries that celebrate how Native Americans have shaped the nation. From stories of hardship and triumph (Navajo veterans of Canyon de Chelly) to influential leaders (Sitting Bull) and historical events (pow wows), KCET pays tribute to the vast contributions American Indians have made in enriching our country's identity and cultural heritage. With the exception of "Sitting Bull: A Stone in My Heart," this marks the KCET debut for all the films.
Here's this month's slate of programming. Click here for more Native American Heritage Month content.
If (hotel) walls could talk, they would speak with a charming British accent that sounds an awful like Richard E. Grant. The "Withnail & I" actor charts unscripted territory to explore the world's most remarkable hotels on his travel show -- fittingly titled "Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant" -- which makes its U.S. debut on Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. on KCET. Here's what you need to know about the new series.