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KCET Exec’s Collaboration with Huell Howser Ends in a Dream

The best remembrances of the late Huell Howser are the ones that remind this Tennessean had not a single thing to regret, no missed opportunities to ponder. While Howser checked out far too early, it was on the wings of a bountiful and joyful life force.

KCET blog post shared by the station’s VP Bohdan Zachary is one such fitting tribute. There are great anecdotes about crossing Howser during a pledge drive and running into him years later at a popular Palm Springs Mexican restaurant. There’s also this startling memory from just a few days ago:

Huell appeared in my dream. Out of the blue, for no reason. I’d not watched his show for weeks nor thought about him. In my dream, I realized I was in New York City with Huell and he was asking me about the place I called home for a decade before moving to California. Huell had lived there for a bit as well. In the dream, Huell drew me into a conversation about the Manhattan I knew and loved. There were no short snappy soundbites. Just one continuous shot.

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KCET Honored by American Public Television

Public television station KCET was honored earlier this month by American Public Television (APT) with the 2011 Programming Excellence Award for its BBC World News broadcast.

According to APT, the award “acknowledges programs that demonstrate outstanding production values through scope of content, execution, and degree of creativity. Programs and series that receive the award also must provide extraordinary content, above-average ratings and carriage, and demonstrate general production excellence.”

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KCET Airing Three Documentaries From LA Filmmakers

Starting next week, KCET will air three documentaries on the plight of Latinos in Los Angeles.

Paraiso for Sale (Sept. 26 at 10 p.m.), Visions of Aztlan (Sept. 29 at 9:30 p.m) and Twenty-Five Hundred & One (Oct. 6 at 9:30 p.m.) all feature Los Angeles filmmakers and are part of KCET’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

“KCET is excited to showcase local filmmakers with these three dynamic, culturally distinctive films to our diverse viewership,” Bohdan Zachary, vice president of broadcasting and program development for KCET, said in a statement. “As a community-supported station, we pride ourselves on leveraging top local talent for program development.  We’re very pleased to spotlight such poignant films that mark culturally important milestones in Los Angeles history.”

Details on each documentary after the jump:

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KCET Staffer Pays a Visit to ‘Port Wenn’

Given the fact that the slow-cooked British ITV comedy series Doc Martin ranks as KCET’s most popular program, employee Bohdan Zachary (pictured, left) decided to travel to the breathtakingly beautiful Cornwall town of Port Isaac, where the show is filmed under the guise of “Port Wenn.” The upcoming fifth season may be the small town doctor serial’s last.

From the get-go, blogs Zachary, he realized that he had tackled a magical assignment. The taxi driver who picked him up at the train station exclaimed, “You’re the American. Welcome to our piece of heaven.” But Zachary was actually more accurately just the latest Yank:

The actors were eager to talk about how many American tourists are suddenly popping up in Port Isaac–a sign of the series’ success on public television.
[Star] Martin [Clunes] and [his producer-wife] Philippa [Braithwaite] beamed liked proud parents showing off a baby when I told them their show is KCET’s most popular and highest-rated show. “Marvelous!” said Martin.

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