WVPT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: OCTOBER 2014

October 2014 Primetime Schedule (Printable Grid)
October 2014 Create Schedule (Printable Grid)

RISE OF THE BLACK PHARAOHS
Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00 p.m.
Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known subject state of Egypt, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. This unlikely chapter of history has been buried by the Egyptians and was belittled by early archaeologists, who refused to believe that dark-skinned Africans could have risen so high. Now, in the heart of Sudan, archaeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’.
MASTERPIECE: MYSTERY!
INSPECTOR LEWIS (SEASON 7)

Premieres Sunday, October 5 at 9:00 p.m.
Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the beloved Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again. With their partnership renewed under altered circumstances, the duo continues to solve crime in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford. A coproduction of ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE.

SHERLOCK SEASON 3 ENCORE
Sundays, October 5 - 19 at 10:30 p.m.
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, “The Office UK”) return as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in three new episodes of the contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, written and created by Steven Moffat (“Dr. Who”) and Mark Gatiss (“Game of Thrones”).

“The Empty Hearse” - October 5
“The Sign of Three” - October 12
“His Last Vow” - October 19

POV: THE ACT OF KILLING
Monday, October 6 at 10:00 p.m.
Nominated for an Academy Award®, “The Act of Killing” is as dreamlike and terrifying as anything that Werner Herzog (one of the executive producers) could imagine. The film explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns. Not only is the 1965 murder of an estimated one million people honored as a patriotic act, but the killers remain in power. In a mind-bending twist, death-squad leaders dramatize their brutal deeds in the style of the American westerns, musicals and gangster movies they love — and play both themselves and their victims. As their heroic facade crumbles, they come to question what they’ve done. Winner, 2014 BAFTA Film Award, Best Documentary.
STAINED GLASS WINDOWS OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m.
D. Lee Beard, director of media production services in JMU’s Center for Instructional Technology, takes viewers on a tour of these beautiful windows, with stops at 20 locations throughout the region, from Staunton to Winchester. Most are found in houses of worship, some of them reaching 30 feet or more in height. They represent a significant investment in time and resources, both originally when they were installed, and also in the present in order to preserve them. The windows also vary in style and content. Earlier versions tend to be more plain while newer ones are more elaborate, in part due to advances in stained glass manufacturing. Some tell stories from the Bible or are intended to underscore church symbols; others simply add to the ambiance of the sanctuary. The documentary features Raynal Studios in Natural Bridge, Va., which specializes in stained glass restoration and interviews with Dr. Kay Arthur, JMU professor emerita of art history; Sara James, professor of art history at Mary Baldwin College; local church historian Katharine Brown; and the Rev. Stuart C. Wood, rector at Lynwood Episcopal Parish in Elkton, Va., and a maker of stained glass windows.

INDEPENDENT LENS: BULLY
Monday, October 13 at 10:00 p.m.
Highlighting the challenges faced by bullied kids, “Bully” shows teachers and parents addressing aggressive behaviors that defy dismissal with “kids will be kids” clichés, and captures a growing movement to change the ways to address bullying in schools.

HOW WE GOT TO NOW WITH STEVEN JOHNSON
Wednesdays, October 15, 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. & October 22-November 12 at 10:00 p.m.
Join best-selling author Steven Johnson to hear extraordinary stories behind remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered.
JIM BRICKMAN – A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Thursday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m. & Fri day, October 19 at 3:00 p.m.
two-time Grammy-nominated, platinum selling artist, Jim Brickman, is creating a musical celebration for audiences seeking an escape from the hectic demands of the holiday season! In a spectacular concert, Jim and his very special guests present an evening of dazzling solo piano and vibrant vocals, plus plenty of warmth and humor. Jim weaves together new and old traditional holiday favorites, plus all his hits! Enjoy an unforgettable night with Jim Brickman’s “A Christmas Celebration!”
DOC MARTIN REVEALED
Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 & 8:30 p.m.
DOC MARTIN: REVEALED features behind-the-scenes footage from the newest DOC MARTIN series (Season 6) shot on location in Port Isaac, Cornwall, England. Viewers get inside access to the actors and crew as they film sequences on the balcony at Large’s Restaurant and in the nearby pub that doubles for the Crab & Lobster.
MASTERPIECE: MYSTERY!
DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY
Premieres Sunday, October 26 at 9:00 p.m.
A coach races up to a country house with a hysterical passenger shrieking, “Murder!” What better way to continue Jane Austen’s immortal novel Pride and Prejudice? This delicious homage to Austen, adapted from P.D. James’ clever whodunit, stars Anna Maxwell Martin (“The Bletchley Circle”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Matthew Goode (“The Good Wife”) and Jenna Coleman (“Doctor Who”). Elizabeth and Darcy never knew marriage would be like this!
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
Friday, October 3 at 9:00 p.m.
The star-studded special celebrates the trailblazing music series’ 40th anniversary. With guest hosts Jeff Bridges, Matthew McConaughey and Sheryl Crow, the two-hour broadcast features memorable moments from the show’s remarkable run, anchored by some of the brightest stars in the show’s history returning to the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage for incredible performances. Highlights include legends Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Foo Fighters, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Clark Jr., Lyle Lovett, Alabama Shakes, Buddy Guy and more performing in celebration of AUSTIN CITY LIMITS’ legacy as an American music institution over the last four decades.
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
THE NANCE STARRING NATHAN LANE

Friday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m.
Douglas Carter Beane’s acclaimed Tony Award-nominated play The Nance, produced by Lincoln Center Theater, stars stage and screen actor Nathan Lane. The play tells the story of Chauncey Miles (Lane), a headline nance (a parody of a gay man) in the twilight of New York burlesque’s era, who is homosexual. Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Beane paints the portrait of a homosexual man, living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930s New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his offstage life.
THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS FROM SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
Friday, October 17 at 9:00 p.m.
This production of Porgy and Bess from San Francisco Opera stars bass-baritone Eric Owens as Porgy and soprano Laquita Mitchell as Bess in the turbulent story of a disabled man, the headstrong woman he loves and the community that sustains them both. John DeMain conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this American musical theater staple set in an African-American community on Catfish Row in coastal South Carolina. Porgy and BessSM is based on the play by Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, with music by George Gershwin including the celebrated jazz standard “Summertime.”
TONY BENNETT & LADY GAGA:
CHEEK TO CHEEK LIVE!

Friday, October 24 at 9:00 p.m.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga team up for a special concert from the stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City, performing selections from their collaborative classic jazz recording, Cheek to Cheek.
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AT THE RAINBOW ROOM
Friday, October 31 at 9:00 p.m.
Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein headlines this all-star evening with performances by Tony winner and Emmy-nominated artist Christine Ebersole; “American Idol” sensation Jessica Sanchez; dynamic tap duo, the Manzari Brothers; Oscar-nominated June Squibb; and many more surprises. The performers take the stage at the famed Rainbow Room, the legendary New York restaurant and nightclub, where stars were born and legends perform, following its October re-opening.

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