Day: June 8, 2020

PBS adds Black Panthers and James Baldwin films

PBS will rerun two acclaimed documentaries Wednesday, as part of a crowded line-up of race-related films.
“Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” (shown here, 2015) and “I Am Not Your Negro” (2016) will run back-to-back, at 8 and 9:44 p.m. (Check local listings.)
They join a line-up of films PBS is airing, amid national discussions triggered by the George Floyd death. They range from a rerun of “Twilight: Los Angeles” tonight (Monday, June 8) to “She Could Be Next” on June 29-30. Read more…

Film visits a transforming South

Mary Jane Kennedy could fit most stereotypes of white, Southern privilege.
“I just had this blessed life,” she says in “Prideland,” a documentary by Dyllon Burnside (shown here) that will air at 9 p.m. Friday (June 12) on most PBS stations.
She’s been religious, Republican and conservative. She taught church school for decades and lives in a huge house in Brandon, which calls itself “the second safest city in Mississippi.”
And she has become, in her 60s, a gay-rights spokeswoman. That story provides some extraordinary “Prideland” moments. Read more…

Best-bets for June 10: A no-rerun evening

1) “What We Do in the Shadows” season-finale, 10 p.m., FX, rerunning at 11. Guillermo (wonderfully played by Harvey Guillen, shown here) has become one of TV’s best characters. He’s the long-suffering assistant (called a “familiar”) for four lazy vampires in Staten Island, protecting them (without their knowledge) by slaying other dragons. After a decade of being ignored, he’s left. The others realize they don’t know his phone nmber … or his last name … or how to wash clothes. Some oddly hilarious moments follow. Read more…

We’re back up; sorry about that

OK, we’re back up.
Technical problems shut down the system Sunday, just as TV was changing.
In a late move, the FX network made a change for Sunday night. It said it would show “Selma” (shown here) — the terrific film about Martin Luther King — at 8 p.m. that night, delaying “The Greatest Showman” until 11 p.m. Read more…