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The first full week in May... awesome.

PBS Primetime Programming for The Week of May 6

May. Mayday. Okay, we're past Mayday, but I'm still entranced with the very idea that May has arrived. This is, after all, the first full week in May. May, May, May, May, May. Who doesn't love it? The very idea that there can be no more freak April storms. That's really what I'm happy about. No more freak April storms. And no, we're not going to discuss the possibility of freak May storms. I won't even entertain it.

Sunday, May 6th:
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 – 11:00PM
Masterpiece Theatre "Bleak House, Episodes 4 and 5": I'll be honest with you; things look dark, dismal, and kind of empty. Fine, I'll say it, things look just plain bleak. I wasn't going to say it but you forced me to, things look bleak. But, that's how Chuck Dickens wanted it.

Monday, May 7th:
8:00 – 9:00PM
Antiques Roadshow – "Jackpot!": This special looks at the various windfalls that people have made through the years, you know, buying a bubblegum wrapper for a quarter and it turning out that the bubblegum contained in the wrapper has a fleck of saliva from Gregory Peck and consequently the whole thing is worth 1.2 million dollars, except, of course, you can't sell it on eBay because eBay doesn't traffic in body parts.

9:00 – 10:000PM
American Experience – "Amelia Earhart": We all know the story already, and this look at Amelia will bring absolutely nothing new to the table as it originally aired over ten years ago. That doesn't make it bad, just no longer groundbreaking.

10:00 – 11:00PM
Secrets of the Dead – "What Happened to the Hindenburg?": You really want to know? Cause I'll tell you if you do. It blew up. Okay, happy now? We've revisited one of the more horrifying moments in aviation history and all because you just had to know what happened. Good for you.

Tuesday, May 8th:
8:00 – 9:00PM
Nova– "Pocahontas Revealed (w.t.)": Not that way, you sick, sick man. She was just a girl. This special takes a look at that girl, finds out who she was, what made her tick. Why she stopped ticking. That sort of thing. Personally, I want to know if she ever tocked.

9:00 – 10:30PM
Frontline – "When Kids Get Life": A look at five kids in Colorado that, despite being under the age of 18, were sentence to life without parole.

10:30 – 11:30PM
Independent Lens – "The Cats of Mirikitani": A look at Jimmy Mirikitani who lived through World War II and, at the age of 80, 9/11. A local filmmaker brought him to her home and the journey began.

Wednesday, May 9th:
8:00 – 9:00PM
Secrets of the Dead – "Headless Romans": In York, England some headless Romans were found buried in a back yard, decapitated. Who were they? How did they get there? Did all roads really lead to Rome? What's really going on with that Cesar fellow? I wonder…

9:00 – 11:00PM
Secret Files of the Inquisition – "Root Out Heretics & The Tears of Spain": Two episodes, back-to-back. All about the inquisition, which, I'm going to be honest with you, I can't think about without also thinking about the song from History of the World, Part I. That Mel Brooks — he's a funny guy.

Thursday, May 10th:
8:00 – 9:00PM
The This Old House Hour – Episode TBA. It's This Old House and Ask This Old House. It's like maintenance…for your home. Wait, no, that's exactly what it is. That doesn't mean it's not awesome though.

9:00 – 10:00PM
Antiques Roadshow – "Jackpot!": This special looks at the various windfalls that people have made through the years, you know, buying a bubblegum wrapper for a quarter and it turning out that the bubblegum contained in the wrapper has a fleck of saliva from Gregory Peck and consequently the whole thing is worth 1.2 million dollars, except, of course, you can't sell it on eBay because eBay doesn't traffic in body parts.

10:00 – 11:00PM
The Slanted Screen: An in-depth look at East Asian men, and descendents thereof, in American cinema. It looks at stereotyping and beyond, with 50 film clips spanning a full century of portrayals.

Friday, May 11th:
8:00 – 8:30PM
Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal #4645: Another whole week has gone by and good old Gwen Ifill and National Journal are here to fill us in. For the record, I like to pretend the National Journal is a sidekick, like Robin to Batman, Starsky to Hutch, or chocolate sauce to chocolate ice cream.

8:30 – 9:00PM
NOW #319: It's the Emmy award-winning weekly newsmagazine. It looks at issues facing our democracy. The show is hosted by David Brancaccio. And, even better, they still send me e-mails (I think that makes me cool and them nice). Thanks, Now!

9:00 – 10:00PM
Bill Moyers Journal #1104: It's Billy Moyers. It's has 1,104 journal (not really, but I'm not going to explain to you the way in which TV shows are numbered at this point in time, maybe later if you're nice). He's a good journalist so I assume this will be good journalism — at least the odds are it will.

10:00PM – 11:00PM
Secrets of the Dead – "Headless Romans": In York, England some headless Romans were found buried in a back yard, decapitated. Who were they? How did they get there? Did all roads really lead to Rome? What's really going on with that Cesar fellow? I wonder…

Saturday, May 12th:
9:00 – 10:0PM
Austin City Limits – "Ray Davies": Good old Ray is the legendary frontman for the Kinks. He's going to perform. He'll sing new stuff, he'll sing old stuff. He'll sing. For his supper. Or at least, that's what I hope.

To reiterate, I'm not entertaining the notion of freak May storms. Don't bring them my way, I won't talk about them. I won't discuss them; I'm in no way interested in hearing about them. I'm past it. I'm over it. I'm done with it. No discussion. None. Stop.

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Josh has deftly segued from a life of being pre-med to film school to television production to writing about the media in general. And by 'deftly' he means with agonizing second thoughts and the formation of an ulcer.

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