Programming

Maya Angelou, Smokey Robinson Among 2017 Black History Month Features

Posted by on February 2, 2017 at 8:00 am

NPT is observing Black History Month with new programs celebrating the lives and accomplishments of African Americans. This year’s offerings include a new profile of Maya Angelou; a Smokey Robinson special, a new Henry Louis Gates Jr. series; and The Talk, an insightful documentary about conversations parents of color feel they must have with their […]

As on ‘Mercy Street,’ Spying and Smuggling Were Common in Civil War Tennessee

Posted by on January 30, 2017 at 8:00 am

By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum Spoiler alert: This blog post may contain plot spoilers. In The House Guest, this week’s Mercy Street episode, Alice Green feigns love for a Union soldier in order to gather information for the Rebellion. This scheme turns out to be more dangerous than she thought and results in tragic […]

‘Mercy Street’ Civil War Drama and State Museum Curator’s Blog Return

Posted by on January 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

Mercy Street, PBS’ original Civil War drama in more than a decade, returns for a second season Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. Again this year we’ve invited Tennessee State Museum curator Rob DeHart to write a weekly blog post that will draw on the museum’s collection to localize the story to the Middle Tennessee […]

‘Victoria on Masterpiece’ Begins Jan. 15; How to Binge-Watch

Posted by on January 14, 2017 at 9:00 am

The much-anticipated Victoria on Masterpiece begins Sunday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m., on NPT. While the Victorian era has been a go-to time period for Masterpiece and PBS for decades, this is a new look at the storied reign of the legendary monarch. Prefer to binge-watch? Following the Jan. 15 premiere, the entire season of […]

Opera Based on Ann Patchett’s ‘Bel Canto’ Airs Jan. 13 on NPT

Posted by on January 7, 2017 at 1:16 pm

The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Bel Canto the Opera, an adaptation of Nashville author Ann Patchett’s award-winning novel about a hostage crisis in a South American embassy, will air on PBS’ Great Performances series, Friday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m. on NPT. The new opera was composed by Jimmy López with a libretto by Pulitzer […]

New Masterpiece Dramas Start January 1 with ‘Sherlock’

Posted by on December 30, 2016 at 11:54 am

A fresh trio of Masterpiece dramas premiere in January, starting with Sherlock on Masterpiece on New Year’s Day at 8 p.m., followed in the coming weeks by the new series Victoria, and the second season of Mercy Street. GAME CHANGER Season 4 of Sherlock begins with “The Six Thatchers,” which finds the famously manic and […]

‘Downton Abbey’ Marathon Anchors NPT’s 2016 Holiday Programming

Posted by on December 16, 2016 at 2:34 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – if you love Downton Abbey, because we’re showing every episode from all six seasons over Christmas weekend. The marathon starts Friday, Dec. 23, at 8 p.m. and concludes Monday, Dec. 26, 10:30 p.m. We’ll leave Downton briefly to air a new Call the Midwife Holiday Special […]

Interview with ‘SOUNDBREAKING’ Music Supervisor; Series Airs Nov. 14-23

Posted by on November 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music, PBS’ highly anticipated music series, premieres Monday, Nov. 14, and explores the extraordinary impact of recorded music on the modern world in eight, one-hour episodes. The series combines unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated artists, producers and innovators from across the music spectrum with […]

NPT’s ‘Dr. Shawn Joseph: One on One’ premieres Sunday, Nov. 13

Posted by on November 10, 2016 at 8:00 am

NPT’s Dr. Shawn Joseph: One on One premieres Sunday, Nov. 13, 6:30-7 p.m. In the program, NPT senior producer LaTonya Turner talks with the Metro Nashville Public Schools Director about the future of the city’s public schools. In addition to Sunday’s premiere, the half-hour program will air on NPT2, our secondary channel, on Friday, Nov. […]

NPT Observes Veterans Day with Special Programming Beginning Nov. 1

Posted by on October 28, 2016 at 8:00 am

NPT will air special programming in observance of Veterans Day 2016, the 75th anniversary of the USO and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Please join us in saluting veterans and their families. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. Aside from the antics of the hospital crew on “MASH,” the Korean War […]