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SoCal Connected Moving to Nightly Format

SoCal Connected, KCET’s investigative news magazine series, will air nightly when the fifth season starts on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. with encore episodes at 10:30 p.m.

Hosted by Val ZavalaSoCal Connected won 16 Los Angeles Press Club Awards in June and was just the second news organization to win the “Public Service Award” for their expose on the spending at the Housing Authority of Los Angeles (HACLA).

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KCET Rolling Out New Programming in March

KCET is beefing up their programming for the month of March with a slew of new shows featuring the likes of Roy Firestone and Holly Robinson Peete.

Firestone returns as host of LA Tonight With Roy Firestone, a weeklong half-hour interview series (March 12-17, 10 p.m. and midnight) that invites celebrities who live in Los Angeles to discuss their lives and current issues in today’s society. Firestone will be joined by Andre Agassi, Burt BacharachChris Botti and Steve Tyrell.

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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 Announces Five New Shows for 2012

KCET and Eyetronics Media and Studios announced their fall lineup of California-themed original programming as part of a new $50-million partnership.

The working titles for the five shows are Ocean Alive, Department of State, Classic Cool Theatre, California Game Changers and Retrostory.

“We are pleased to move forward with this exciting initial line-up featuring an eclectic array of educational and entertaining shows covering Southern California ecology, public affairs, lifestyle, innovation and history,” KCET president and CEO Al Jerome said in a statement.

Descriptions for the new programs are after the jump:

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KCET Paying Tribute to Norman Corwin

KCET will pay tribute to the late radio legend Norman Corwin by airing a pair of specials on Oct. 29.

Corwin, a documentary directed by Les Guthman on the career of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning writer, airs at 8 p.m.

Then at 9:20 p.m., the independent public television station will air Norman Corwin’s The Plot to Overthrow Christmas, a televised reading of his 1938 play. It will also feature an interview with Corwin from 2010 on his illustrious career.

Corwin died Tuesday at the age of 101.

SoCal Connected Returning for Fourth Season

Satirist Brian Unger will join KCET’s award-winning SoCal Connected during their season premiere Friday night at 8:30 p.m.

The investigative news series, winner of the Peabody, 14 Emmys and 15 Golden Mikes, returns for its fourth season.  This week’s episode also takes a look at Los Angeles’ decaying infrastructure and the big business of fast food and how it affects the country’s obesity rates.

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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Investor Partnership Bringing Original Programming to KCET

The future of public television station KCET has been in doubt since they split from PBS at the beginning of the year, leaving a gap in their programming schedule. But today the station announced a partnership with Eyetronics Media and Studios to produce original programming over the next five years.

The Encino-based Eyetronics will provide $50 million in financing to produce and acquire content. Variety reports:

To kick off the arrangement, KCET plans to launch production on five new series before year’s end designed to air on the station. Eyetronics, headed by CEO Dominique Bigle, will package and distribute these and ensuing programs domestically and internationally.

Southern California people, places, culture, innovation and history — both celebrated and little-known — will be featured.

According to KCET CEO Al Jerome, the deal will bring new hires to the TV station.

KCET May Sell Studio to Church of Scientology

The LA Times is reporting that public television station KCET is in talks to sell their historic Sunset Boulevard studio to the Church of Scientology. The Los Feliz studio dates back to 1912, and was once the home of Monogram Pictures and Allied Artists. According to the LA Times, the Sunset Blvd. property has an assessed value of $14.1 million. KCET responded to the rumors with a post on the station website:

We would like to respond to the erroneous information being circulated about KCET. Here is the truth: KCET is NOT being sold. We are firmly committed to being Southern California’s independent public TV station.

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WGA Strike News Updates

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Nikki Finke has opened her column up to reader comments about the WGA strike. Who knew she was so popular in Argentina? Finke’s coverage is far and away the most comprehensive, too.

KCET has already assured that the station’s prizewinning A Place of Our Own will start in January, strike or no strike, by committing to abide by whatever resolution the WGA accepts. Why don’t more networks chose to do this? (That’s not a rhetorical question–email us if you can explain this.)

The Guild is prepared to fight to the death for a bigger share of DVD/internet residuals, but the bonus materials included on most DVDs aren’t under WGA jurisdiction, which is odd.

IATSE members have been reminded of their contracts, just in case any of them were thinking of supporting the WGA, but the Teamsters get to choose. Of course, last time the Teamsters struck, writers crossed those picket lines in droves, but a Teamster strike is a fearful thing in show biz land.

But Vince Vaughn isn’t much of a pal, according to Ken Levine:

And thank you to actors like Vince Vaughn, who since he isn’t in the WGA finds nothing morally wrong with agreeing to polish scripts during a strike. The fact that we go out on strike to craft a deal that will be the template for the SAG deal so HE won’t have to go out on strike apparently means nothing to him.

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