Doc Martin and the New Thursday Night Lineup
Written by Holly on Thursday October 18, 2012
The new lineup starts tonight! Some will love it! (I know I do.) And some might be disappointed with parts of it. I promise we didn’t make these changes lightly. Lots of planning, considerations and meetings went into it.
7pm STATELINE, GALLERY and BACK IN TIME -- Our local documentaries will take turns sharing this timeslot.
7:30pm THIS OLD HOUSE – Instead of the full THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR, we’re airing only the first half hour on Thursday nights. The second half hour, the ASK THIS OLD HOUSE portion of the program, can still be seen on Saturday afternoons at 1pm.
8pm This timeslot will be filled with programming that isn't always necessarily from PBS. Some of it will be locally-produced and some of it will come from other distributors (like APT and NETA). When the new seasons of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW starts in January, we'll probably have an encore of the Monday night premiere in this timeslot.
9pm DOC MARTIN – Yay!! We’ve been hearing from Members for years that we should air this British series. It’s truly fantastic and I'm excited that we're finally able to bring it you. I've screened most of the episodes already. If I had to describe it, I'd say it's a cross between “Northern Exposure” (because of the quirky characters in a small town) and “House” (because of the moody, genius doctor). There’s comedy. There’s romance. There's medical mystery. We've purchased the first three seasons so far. Please watch it and let us know you like it. If you don't, we might not move forward with the rest of the seasons.
10pm This timeslot used to belong to INDEPENDENT LENS and POV. After tonight, PBS is changing the feed night of those series to Monday nights at 9pm. This time period will then become similar to the 8pm time period for a while. It will feature programming from PBS and other distributors. Tonight, it's POV: Sun Kissed. Next week, we'll focus on horses. And starting in November, we'll begin a four-part series about Billy Connelly traveling down Route 66.
So, there you have it. Our new Thursday nights. Enjoy!