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Anne brings red-haired chaos to a quiet, distant world


The new "Anne of Green Gables" movie arrives on Thanksgiving night, bringing low-key family fun. Here's the story I sent to papers.

 

By Mike Hughes

Today's young
readers and viewers know all about adventure.

Disney dreams -- and Broadway stardom -- do come true ... eventually


By Mike Hughes

The world, we're
told, is full of little girls with Disney dreams.

A few do star in
Disneyland, then retreat to non-glitter lives. One eventually
conquered Broadway.

Deep in the family roots, there's joy and agony


("Finding Your Roots" tends to be a fascinating journey through the lives of people's ancestors. This season's opener -- 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, on PBS -- is particularly good, finding joy and tragedy in the family trees of Larry David and Bernie Sanders. Other good ones are coming up; here's the story I sent to papers.)

By Mike Hughes

The Voyager -- the never-ending journey to worlds beyond


Think of them as the Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripkin of outer space, working tirelessly for us. For 40 years, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 have kept sending reports about our solar syste and beyond. Now they'll be the subject of a fascinating PBS documentary Wednesday (Aug. 23), Here's the story I sent to papers: 

By Mike Hughes

Let's ignore any
complaints about underachieving government projects.

Havana may be crumbling a bit, but it's doing it cheerfully


Right now, Geoffrey Baer is back home in Chicago, filming the latest of his river-journey specials. On Tuesday, however, we'll see him far from his comfort zone, in an entertaining visit to Cuba. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Geoffrey Baer is
used to criss-crossing the nation for PBS specials.

For Trace, this one is easy -- singing about soldiers


Each 4th of July, PBS offers great music and -- at times -- strong emotion. This year, some of that emotion comes from Trace Adkins, the towering country star with the chaotic-but-compelling life. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Yes, Trace Adkins'
wild ride has had twists, turns and odd detours.

Wanna watch food shows? Settle in (and bring some snacks)


If you scroll down to the next story, you'll see a fun view of American food, via two master chefs. Along with that, however, I also sent papers a sampling of TV food shows. Here it is:

By Mike Hughes

Television is
stuffed with food shows these days – so many that viewers might
have little time to eat, much less cook. Here's a current sampling:

American food? It's the best ... or the worst ... just ask the experts


PBS viewers can soon catch a couple of nights of strong, food-oriented profiles. There are terrific new hours on James Beard (May 19) and Jacques Pepin (May 26), paired with reruns on, respectively, Julia Child and Alice Waters. That combination, however, leads to a fun and fascinating subject -- the state of American cooking, good or bad. Here's a story I sent to papers; next, I'll have an expanded list of TV-food shows.

By Mike Hughes

Maya Angelou's life was filled with eloquent transformations


Near the end of a brilliant Maya Angelou profile (Tuesday, Feb. 21, on PBS), there's a moment that brings things full-circle. A young, black hotel employee, in elegant uniform, tells Angelou about the speech cotests she's won by reciting Angelou's words.

Fresh views of Van Gogh -- from the ear to the soul


We expect TV to deliver lots of cops and crooks and such; we don't expect it to tell us much about history's great artists. But here we are, with two fascinating films just six days apart. Last Thursday was Pablo Picasso (see previous blog); tonight is a richly revisionist view of the night Vincent Van Gogh is known for. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes