television http://kut.org en Listen: Henry Winkler Breaks Down the Meaning of Life (and Austin BBQ) http://kut.org/post/listen-henry-winkler-breaks-down-meaning-life-and-austin-bbq <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Henry Winkler –&nbsp;better known as </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fonzie" style="line-height: 1.5;">Arthur Fonzarelli</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in iconic </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1970s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sitcom “Happy Days,” and </span><a href="http://arresteddevelopment.wikia.com/wiki/Barry_Zuckerkorn" style="line-height: 1.5;">Barry Zukerkorn</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in cult favorite "Arrested Development" –&nbsp;was in Austin recently, accepting the first-ever </span><a href="http://www.atxfestival.com/atxattendees/achievement-in-television-excellence-award-presented-to-henry-winkler" style="line-height: 1.5;">Achievement in Television Excellence Award</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/hey-dude-fonz-and-avoiding-spoilers-atx-television-festival" style="line-height: 1.5;">the ATX Television Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Winkler talked about his battle with dyslexia, the struggle to get casting directors to see beyond the Fonz, and his love for Austin barbecue. He also offered a lot of advice.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We've collected his best advice in this 90-second clip. Listen:&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154066634&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:29:48 +0000 Laura Rice & Audrey McGlinchy 10586 at http://kut.org Listen: Henry Winkler Breaks Down the Meaning of Life (and Austin BBQ) 'Hey Dude,' The Fonz and Avoiding Spoilers at the ATX Television Festival http://kut.org/post/hey-dude-fonz-and-avoiding-spoilers-atx-television-festival <p>Television is getting a bit more respect these days. For one, it’s where Academy Award winners such as Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey have recently focused their talents.</p><p>TV’s resurgence includes getting its very own festival – which kicks off today in Austin.</p><p>Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson founded the <a href="http://www.atxfestival.com/" target="_blank">ATX Television Festival</a>. They talked with KUT about the third annual fest – which they’re calling “Season Three.”<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152808859&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:57:01 +0000 Laura Rice 10538 at http://kut.org 'Hey Dude,' The Fonz and Avoiding Spoilers at the ATX Television Festival Halt and Catch Fire: New AMC Program Focuses on Texas' Silicon Prairie http://kut.org/post/halt-and-catch-fire-new-amc-program-focuses-texas-silicon-prairie <p>Texas is the setting of a new AMC show touted as the next “Mad Men.”</p><p>“<a href="http://www.amctv.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire" target="_blank">Halt and Catch Fire</a>” made its television debut last night. The show follows an unlikely group of computer geniuses in the early 1980's in the so-called "Silicon Prairie."</p><p>KUT talked with the show’s creators – Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers – at a busy downtown Austin restaurant when they <a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15228" target="_blank">premiered the program</a> at South by Southwest.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152037770&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Laura Rice 10519 at http://kut.org Halt and Catch Fire: New AMC Program Focuses on Texas' Silicon Prairie SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Rob Thomas Brings 'Veronica Mars' to The Big Screen http://kut.org/post/sxsw-filmmaker-spotlight-rob-thomas-brings-veronica-mars-big-screen <p>Austin-based writer/director Rob Thomas’s film “Veronica Mars” hits theatres this week. But South by Southwest audiences got to see it first.</p><p>The film revisits the characters Thomas created for the “Veronica Mars” TV show – which was canceled back in 2007 after three seasons. But fans demanded more. And an enormously successful Kickstarter campaign provided the budget for the much-anticipated follow up.</p><p>KUT sat down with Thomas to talk about the journey of making this film:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139416781&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:50:21 +0000 Laura Rice 9959 at http://kut.org SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Rob Thomas Brings 'Veronica Mars' to The Big Screen Gilligan's 'The Professor' Has Died; Russell Johnson Was 89 http://kut.org/post/gilligans-professor-has-died-russell-johnson-was-89 Russell Johnson, the actor whose job it was to be the voice of reason and calm on an island of shipwrecked ninnies, has died at age 89, according to reports. Johnson's role as the Professor on the 1960s comedy <em>Gilligan's Island</em> endeared him to audiences who watched him build radios and generators from things like coconuts and palm branches.<p>Johnson reportedly died of natural causes today at his home in Bainbridge Island, Wash.<p>His role on <em>Gilligan's Island</em> defined Johnson's career. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:39:43 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 9579 at http://kut.org Gilligan's 'The Professor' Has Died; Russell Johnson Was 89 Telemundo's 'Highly Unusual' Resurrection of 'El Señor' http://kut.org/post/telemundos-highly-unusual-resurrection-el-se-or Telemundo recently announced that its <em>telenovela</em> <em>El Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies)</em> will be back for a second season; production began this week in Mexico City. This resurrection sets it apart from almost every other <em>telenovela </em>because, unlike American soap operas, <em>telenovelas</em> have a clear beginning and a definitive ending, airing for a set number of episodes.<p><em>El Señor</em> is based on the true story of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, a Mexican drug lord best-known for using Boeing 727 jets to transport cocaine from Colombia. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:35:16 +0000 Kat Chow 9313 at http://kut.org Telemundo's 'Highly Unusual' Resurrection of 'El Señor' Big Screen or Small: In TV's New Golden Age, Does Size Still Matter? http://kut.org/post/big-screen-or-small-tvs-new-golden-age-does-size-still-matter <p>In a recent editorial in the entertainment industry magazine Variety, the headline seemed to say what a lot of people have been thinking recently: TV needs to get over its inferiority complex.&nbsp;</p><p>"B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">reaking Bad." "House of Cards." "Mad Men." "Homeland."</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Those are&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">just a few recent series made for the small screen which may be giving the big screen a run for its money and for critical acclaim.</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 David Brown 9050 at http://kut.org Big Screen or Small: In TV's New Golden Age, Does Size Still Matter? Channel Austin Celebrates Four Decades of Public Access TV http://kut.org/post/channel-austin-celebrates-four-decades-public-access-tv <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F99578689&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It’s been 40 years now for Channel Austin, the city’s only nonprofit that runs an independent television channel. And like people turning the big 4-0, Channel Austin is reflecting on its past and looking to the future.</p><p>Over the years, <a href="https://www.channelaustin.org/">Channel Austin</a> has had its brushes with fame.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:05:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 8288 at http://kut.org Channel Austin Celebrates Four Decades of Public Access TV Suddenlink Subscribers May Lose Fox Tonight http://kut.org/post/suddenlink-subscribers-may-lose-fox-tonight <p><strong>Update: </strong>Suddenlink says it has come to an agreement with Fox, at least in principle. Here's a statement sent out last night by Suddenlink's&nbsp;director of corporate communications, Gene Regan:</p><blockquote><p>Suddenlink has reached an agreement in principle with News Corp/Fox for the continued carriage of its TV stations and cable networks. The current agreement between the companies has been extended for another week while they work out the details of the new agreement. Specific terms of the new agreement were not disclosed.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Original story: </strong>If you subscribe to <a href="http://www.suddenlink.com/">Suddenlink cable service,</a> you may lose Fox 7 and other Fox cable networks at midnight. Suddenlink’s current agreement with Fox ended at the end of 2011 and the two companies haven’t yet reached a new agreement.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 01:13:38 +0000 Ryland Barton 6056 at http://kut.org Suddenlink Subscribers May Lose Fox Tonight Dave Chappelle Playing Surprise Show in Austin http://kut.org/post/dave-chappelle-playing-surprise-show-austin <p>Comedian Dave Chappelle&nbsp;&ndash; who after massive success with his &ldquo;Chappelle&rsquo;s Show&rdquo; TV series shunned the spotlight &ndash; is performing in Austin tonight.</p><p>Chappelle will be performing at the Paramount Theater at 8 p.m. tonight, in an appearance just announced this morning. After turning his back on his provocative comedy series in 2005, Chappelle has instead focused on standup comedy, often playing &ldquo;secret&rdquo; shows like this one just announced.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:03:39 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4507 at http://kut.org Dave Chappelle Playing Surprise Show in Austin AM Update: APD Officer Killed, More Abuse Allegations at State Hospitals, First TV Fest Comes to ATX http://kut.org/post/am-update-apd-officer-killed-more-abuse-allegations-state-hospitals-first-tv-fest-comes-atx-0 <p><strong>APD&nbsp;Officer Killed</strong></p><p>An Austin Police Officer&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/2012/04/two-apd-officers-caught-in-line-of-fire/" target="_blank">is dead</a>&nbsp;after being shot while trying to arrest a suspect early this morning.</p><p>The officer was called to&nbsp;<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=12900+N+Ih+35+Austin,+TX+78753&amp;aq=&amp;sll=30.414557,-97.678757&amp;sspn=0.042709,0.084801&amp;t=h&amp;gl=us&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=12900+N+Ih+35,+Austin,+Texas+78753&amp;z=14&amp;ll=30.413642,-97.675888" target="_blank">the Wal-Mart on&nbsp;Parmer&nbsp;and I-35</a>&nbsp;at around 2:20 a.m. When the officer arrived, police say he made contact with the suspect and the man immediately began to fight with the officer. Police say the suspect then pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and shot the officer at point-blank range in the neck area.</p><p>In a press conference, Austin Police Chief Art&nbsp;Acevedo&nbsp;said that two Wal-Mart employees tackled the suspect after he shot the police officer.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 13:59:06 +0000 Carlos Morales & Tolly Moseley 3988 at http://kut.org AM Update: APD Officer Killed, More Abuse Allegations at State Hospitals, First TV Fest Comes to ATX Media Outlets Adapt to Growing Hispanic Audience http://kut.org/post/media-outlets-adapt-growing-hispanic-audience Rapid growth in the U.S. Hispanic community has created another boom — in Hispanic media. In recent months, several major media players have announced plans to join the competition for the Hispanic television audience. There's a new Hispanic broadcast TV network coming, plus a host of new cable channels aimed at Latinos.<p>The numbers tell the story: According to the census, the U.S. Hispanic population jumped by more than 40 percent in the past decade. The nation's 50 million-plus Hispanics now make up 16 percent of the TV-viewing public.<p>And those numbers are expected to grow. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 13:04:40 +0000 Greg Allen, NPR 3956 at http://kut.org Media Outlets Adapt to Growing Hispanic Audience 'Mad Men' Returns On Sunday, To The Delight Of Its Excitable Fans http://kut.org/post/mad-men-returns-sunday-delight-its-excitable-fans On Friday's <em>Morning Edition</em>, Elizabeth Blair investigates one of television's pressing questions: Why has <em>Mad Men</em> been off the air so long? It's returning this Sunday night with a two-hour season premiere, but it's still puzzled some viewers that it has been off for such a long time.<p>The network has explained it as a scheduling decision, particularly designed to let them give <em>Mad Men</em>'s slot to <em>Breaking Bad</em> for the summer. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:22:21 +0000 Linda Holmes 3901 at http://kut.org 'Mad Men' Returns On Sunday, To The Delight Of Its Excitable Fans Watch Austin’s ‘Intergalactic Nemesis’ Perform on ‘Conan’ http://kut.org/post/watch-austin%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98intergalactic-nemesis%E2%80%99-perform-%E2%80%98conan%E2%80%99 <div style="height: 100%; line-height: 1.5; font-size: 87.5%; word-wrap: break-word; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; "><p><span style="font-size: 87.5%; line-height: 1.5; ">A crew of Austin&nbsp;creatives&nbsp;has taken its &ldquo;</span><a href="http://www.theintergalacticnemesis.com/" style="font-size: 87.5%; line-height: 1.5; ">Intergalactic Nemesis</a><span style="font-size: 87.5%; line-height: 1.5; ">&rdquo; show on the road &ndash; with a stop on Conan O&rsquo;Brien&rsquo;s show last night.</span></p><div style="height: 100%; line-height: 1.5; font-size: 87.5%; word-wrap: break-word; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; "><p>What is &ldquo;The Intergalactic Nemesis&rdquo; you may ask? Essentially, it&rsquo;s a live-action comic book where performers enact a fantastic&nbsp;sci-fi&nbsp;story with live music and sound effects. The crew last night featured &ldquo;Nemesis&rdquo; producer and director&nbsp;<a href="http://www.salvagevanguard.org/people/jason.shtml">Jason&nbsp;Neulander</a>, musician and composer&nbsp;<a href="http://grahamreynolds.com/">Graham Reynolds</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citysbest.com/austin/news/2011/05/31/austins-creative-class-buzz-moran-sound-man/">Buzz Moran</a>&nbsp;providing&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foley_artist">foley&nbsp;effects</a>, and others &ndash; including O&rsquo;Brien and his sidekick Andy&nbsp;Richeter. The art behind the performers was also created by another&nbsp;Austinite,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mrdoyle.com/">Tim Doyle</a>.</p><p>You can view the performance&nbsp;<a href="http://teamcoco.com/video/intergalactic-nemesis">on the &ldquo;Conan&rdquo; website</a>. The &ldquo;Nemesis&rdquo; crew&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theintergalacticnemesis.com/tour/">concludes its tour</a>&nbsp;in March, and will present a rough cut of its newest piece, &ldquo;Book Two: Robot Planet Rising,&rdquo; at the Alamo&nbsp;Drafthouse&nbsp;South Lamar&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theintergalacticnemesis.com/2012/02/08/kickstarter/">that same month</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:52:44 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3665 at http://kut.org Watch Austin’s ‘Intergalactic Nemesis’ Perform on ‘Conan’ I'm Just Sayin': There Are Anachronisms In 'Downton' http://kut.org/post/im-just-sayin-there-are-anachronisms-downton-abbey <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzY4ieghO0w</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:28:01 +0000 3643 at http://kut.org I'm Just Sayin': There Are Anachronisms In 'Downton' Jersey Shore-Style Reality TV Show Planned For Austin? http://kut.org/post/jersey-shore-style-reality-tv-show-planned-austin <p>This <a href="http://www.lostinaustincasting.com/">curious website</a> has been raising some eyebrows in Austin. It purports to be a casting call for a reality TV program that is &ldquo;rounding up the biggest and baddest personalities to live it up in the ultimate Austin pad.&rdquo;</p><p>The website says the show is being produced by &ldquo;one of the Executive Producers behind &lsquo;<a href="http://www.mtv.com/shows/jersey_shore/season_2/series.jhtml">Jersey Shore</a>&rsquo; in conjunction with Badaddy Productions.&rdquo; A Google search for Badaddy Productions yielded no results.</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 19:26:11 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1276 at http://kut.org Jersey Shore-Style Reality TV Show Planned For Austin?