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PBS Primetime Programming for the Week of May 24

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So, there you are, watching the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ride unfold on the screen in front of you. You’re strapped in to a chair as the theater you’re sitting in moves to give the impression that you’re speeding along like a madman. Of course, you’re not a madman… no, the madman is Zaphod Beeblebrox, he’s right there in front of you and he is not happy.

Sunday, May 24:

8:00 – 9:30PM

National Memorial Day Concert. Another year passes and PBS airs another Memorial Day Concert. Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna are hosting this time out (and maybe last time out too). I’m not bored by it, don’t get me wrong, I like that it’s the same thing year after year. It’s a memorial, after all.

9:30 – 10:00PM

PBS Previews: National Parks. Soon, but not yet, PBS will airing a Ken Burns special all about our national parks. Apparently he thinks they were one of America’s best ideas. I know that because “America’s Best Idea” is the subtitle for the series. I’m like Sherlock Holmes.

10:30PM – 12:00AM

National Memorial Day Concert. Another year passes and PBS airs another Memorial Day Concert. Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna are hosting this time out (and maybe last time out too). I’m not bored by it, don’t get me wrong, I like that it’s the same thing year after year. It’s a memorial, after all.

 

Monday, May 25:

8:00 – 9:00PM

Antiques Roadshow – “Hartford (Hour Three)". Connecticut – bastion of all that is old and posh, or at least most that is old and posh… okay, some that is old and posh, but the posh is very, very posh. And, why not do it in Hartford. Hartford has television. People like Hartford. It’s no Westport or Greenwich, but people like it.

9:00 – 10:00PM

American Experience – "Buffalo Bill." Hey, Buffalo Bill, who did you kill, Buffalo Bill? Yes, I know that's not right, but I like it anyway. It was either that or some of Annie Get Your Gun, and I chose to alter a Beatles song. Honestly though, that Buffalo Bill guy did a lot of things throughout his life, watch and find out.

10:00 – 11:00PM

Hallowed Grounds. Outside of the United States there are 22 World War I and II American military cemeteries. They are all over the world, from Europe to the Philippines to Tunisia. This hour will examine those cemeteries, where they are, the servicemen who are there, and how they passed away.

Tuesday, May 26:

8:00 – 9:00PM

Nova - “Ocean Animal Emergency." As you know, the water in some parts of the ocean is getting warmer. That means that some of the animals that live in said waters are in trouble. Thank goodness for Dr. Frances Gulland, a San Francisco vet. Gulland has made it her job to save some of these at-risk animals in the Pacific.

9:00 – 10:00PM

Frontline - TBA

10:00 – 11:00PM

Independent Lens – "Steal a Pencil for Me." So there’s Jack. Jack is married to Manja. Jack is in love with Ina. Jack, Manja, and Ina somehow all ended up in the same barracks in a concentration camp. Jack and Ina wrote love letters to each other, which apparently helped them survive. I wonder what it would have done to Manja.

 

Wednesday, May 27:

8:00 – 9:00PM

Great Performances – “In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams.” Learn all about the new Broadway show which won five Tony Awards following its Broadway debut in 2008. PBS is there to take you inside the show and to give you a good look at the creative team behind it. Watch, learn, enjoy.

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