June Sleeper Picks
There are some seriously good shows flying under the radar in the second half of June. Luckily Chief Programming Officer Jim Wiener has the scoop:
Firing Line with Margaret Hoover
Friday, June 22, at 8:30pm on CET
Sunday, June 24, at 6:30pm on ThinkTV16
A new public affairs series doesn’t just borrow the name of the famed PBS series hosted by William F. Buckley, Jr. It will routinely show vintage clips from the series to show how so many issues never quite leave us, and who—decades ago-- was prescient, and who was on the wrong side of history.
Margaret Hoover hosts. She’s a political commentator who’s been with the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, and she’s the great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover.
Friday, June 22, at 8:30pm on ThinkTV16
Sunday, July 1, at 5pm on CET
What was it that triggered a young person to become a hugely talented and influential artist, athlete, entrepreneur or leader? What was the turning point that had them breaking big? Carlos Watson hosts, and guests include Trevor Noah (Daily Show), Lee Daniels (Empire, The Butler), Gretchen Carlson (former Fox News anchor) and Michael Strahan (Hall of Fame football player turned TV personality).
Great British Baking Show
Friday, June 22, at 9pm on CET
Sunday, June 24, at 3pm on ThinkTV16
Friday, June 29, at 8pm on ThinkTV14
Season 5 starts with 12 bakers having to make an upside-down cake for the Signature Bake.
Penny: Champion of the Marginalized
Saturday, June 23, at 10pm on ThinkTV14
Penny Cooper is a celebrated criminal defense attorney and protector of the underdog. She has found herself at the center of dramatic social progress for women. She’s also a savvy art collector and supporter of female artists.
Buddy LaRosa’s Sports Hall of Fame
Sunday, June 24, at 2pm on CET
Annual live production from the big studio at CET, this brings together the standout coaches and players in Cincinnati scholastic sports. They’re athletes, so carbo loading on LaRosa’s pizza and Stromboli is put to good use. When a high school athlete dresses for the occasion, and eats anything in marinara sauce, expect local dry cleaners to work overtime the following week.
Sun Bears: Life is One
Thursday, June 28, at 9pm on CET
Bear cubs are pretty cute, but Sun Bear cubs from Indonesia peg the Cutesy Meter. This chronicles the journey of three captive cubs as they’re released into the wild. This was filmed by the foster parent who accompanied them to their independence.
Where are they now? As Auggie Doggie, the cartoon character with a Jimmy Durante-like voice once said, “the little kitty kat of today is the cole slaw shredder of tomorrow.”
Sandwiches That You Will Like
Friday, June 29, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
It took me 12 years to make it to one of the sandwich meccas profiled by Rick Sebak. Just before lunch at the PBS annual meeting, he showed a clip of Katz’s Delicatessen in New York, and a pastrami sandwich stacked to the rafters. The audience was swooning, partly because they were hungry, and partly because the rubber chicken at lunch would prove a poor substitute.
Fast forward, and I walked into Katz’s Deli in the East Village. Oh, you can take a table and have a waitress serve you, or you can get into the shortest of about ten lines where a sandwich maker would take your order and craft your lunch in front of you. And because the sandwich makers were very deliberate, the first thing they did was slice you off a little corned beef and put it on a coffee saucer because a good sandwich takes time to build, and who doesn’t need a little nosh to tie them over?