I recently returned from a weekend in Napa. How was it? I wish I could tell you. I don't know because as of this writing I haven't left yet. Frankly, it may not even be Napa I'm going to, it may be Sonoma. I just don't know, it's not that I don't care, it's just that I'm not in charge of the trip. It's kind of like how I'm not in charge of PBS' programming, I'm just here to tell you what it is.
Sunday, August 23:
8:00 - 9:00PM
Nature – "Sharkland": Imagine if the cops in Copland were, leaner, svelter, and had to keep swimming in order to live. What would you have then? That's right, "Sharkland," which is actually a place off the coast of Southern Africa in the Atlantic.
9:00 – 10:30PM
Masterpiece Mystery! – "Inspector Lewis, Series I – Expiration." For those of you not steeped in British police drama culture, "Inspector Lewis" is a spinoff off of "Inspector Morse." For his series, Lewis heads to Oxford to solve crimes. I'll certainly be watching (or will have watched it already depending on how things work out).
10:30 – 11:00PM
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.
Monday, August 24:
8:00 - 9:00PM
Antiques Roadshow – "Los Angeles (Hour Three)". Did you know that there was a time I lived in Los Angeles. It's strange, but true, I lived there. It's quite the movie town, everyone seems to be an actor or a writer or a producer. It's all quite fascinating. Plus, just about everyone has some sort of movie memorabilia. I wonder if that's what we're going to see on the Roadshow, a Marilyn Monroe-signed bottle of Chanel, that sort of thing.
9:00 – 10:00PM
History Detectives. They’re back again! Those History Detectives are going to be puzzling out clues, working the scene of the crime, and hoping against hope to solve that greatest mystery of them all: how did Fred Flintstone manage to run fast enough that his big, heavy car started to move? Seriously now, that’s a question about history and one I feel ought to be answered sooner rather than later.