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.
If you haven't seen Simeon Goulden's Brit-com "Spy," that's because up until now, it was only available online on Hulu and in the U.K. on Sky1.
"Spy" is just one of a handful of shows that pioneered the movement from television to online-only international distribution. Originally broadcast on Sky1 in 2011, "Spy" has finally made its rounds from TV to tablet to TV again. The sitcom will make its U.S. television premiere on KCET on September 30 at 8:30 p.m.
"Spy" is your run-of-the-mill family sitcom about a single dad, Tim Elliot (Darren Boyd), who accidentally becomes an MI5 agent (that ol' chestnut) in an attempt to impress his demanding son, Marcus. This show manages to take standard sitcom storylines and infuse some originality in them.
Previously only available in the U.S. on Hulu, Chris O'Dowd's "Moone Boy" makes its U.S. TV debut on KCET on September 30 at 8 p.m. as part of our new Tuesday night comedy block.
Created, co-written by, and co-starring O'Dowd, the coming-of-age story has been hailed as "one of the most charming series on television" by The Hollywood Reporter and dubbed "a finely crafted little jewel of a show" by the Los Angeles Times.
There was "Roseanne" in the 1990s and "Malcolm in the Middle" in the 2000s, and now "Moone Boy," with all the heart of any family comedy of the past, with a few important twists. The show is set in Ireland in the late 80s, early 90s and told from the perspective of a 12-year-old boy, David Rawle's Martin Paul Kenny Dalglish Moone (who The Guardian called the most life-affirming delight to have hit our screens in a long time"), who often consults his imaginary friend, O'Dowd's Sean Murphy for advice.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, KCET will air special programming from September 15 to October 15 celebrating Hispanic culture. These shows, which cover topics ranging from identity and history to politics and law, highlight the histories and legacies of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Here's this month's slate of programming:
Nothing says quintessential KCET programming quite like a Huell Howser show and a British police procedural. So it's only fitting that we're cerebrating our 50th anniversary with marathons of Huell's "California Missions" and the critically-acclaimed (on both sides of the Atlantic) Helen Mirren drama "Prime Suspect," among other programs.
KCET begins its semicentennial commemoration on Sunday at 7 p.m. with 10 episodes of "Missions." The eps will re-air Monday, September 15 through Friday, September 26 in the regular Huell weeknight timeslot at 7:30 p.m.
The Wednesday hump just got easier to climb.
KCET is launching a new Wednesday night documentary block, beginning September 3 at 9:30 p.m. PT, that will jump-start your mid-week grind. The fall slate includes groundbreaking films that explore human rights, the environment, politics, and other global issues.
The series debuts with "The Hungry Tide," which profiles NGO worker Maria Tiimon's fight to help pass a treaty that would mitigate the negative impact of climate change in the Pacific.
Here's the schedule for September:
Find out what classic episodes of "Visiting" and "California's Gold with Huell Howser" are airing on KCET this week! Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Movie Beach"
Huell meets up with Harry Medved, author of "Hollywood Escapes" -- a book about popular movie locations in California. Harry tells Huell all about the long history of Leo Carrillo State Beach and why it's probably the most filmed beach in the world.
Legendary filmmaker Roger Corman then joins Huell to discuss some of the films he's shot at this location, including one of his earliest "Attack of the Crab Monsters."