What's a week without the continued adventures of KCET's Golden State-trotting hero, Huell Howser? It's like a California summer without sunshine, that's what. Find out where Huell is headed this week. And get excited, because there's an all-new "California's Gold" in the mix.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "The Emperor and the President"
Did you know that California once had an emperor? (And no, it wasn't Huell.) In this episode, Huell heads to Red Bluff to research the strange history behind William Ide, California's president during the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846 and a man who eventually declared himself the emperor as well.
Watch a preview here.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Watts Towers"
Huell visits a whimsical art monument with a fascinating history. Did you know that the official name of the sculptures, per creator Simon Rodia, was "Nuestro Pueblo" -- "our city"?
See a previous Huell Howser outing to Watts Towers:
Wednesday @ 7:30PM -- "Classic Arts Showcase"
In the world of California-based public TV with dedicated followings, this is kind of like that time the Flintstones met the Jetsons. In tonight's brand-new "California's Gold," Huell walks to the headquarters of "Classic Arts Showcase," a cult favorite, L.A.-produced, internationally syndicated show that has for years been treating people to a potpourri of arts performance. ("Classic Arts Showcase," by the way, airs every night from 1 to 5AM on KCET.)
Thursday at 7:30PM -- "Rain Bird"
Ever seen a sprinkler imprinted with the brand "Rain Bird"? That's a California brand. In this episode, Huell treks out to Glendora to learn the history of Orton Englehart, who invented the first impact sprinklers in the 1930s.
Watch a preview here:
Friday @ 7:30PM -- "Terra Cotta"
Did you know that California is home to the last remaining terra cotta manufacturer in the U.S.? Huell explores the Gladding McBean headquarters in Lincoln, near Sacramento, to find out how this building material is maintaining its presence in California.
Take a video tour of Gladding McBean (and no, it's not Huell, but it's a start, right?):