August 2020 ETV Program Highlights

Great Performances - Much Ado About Nothing


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How to watch

·Our main channel, SCETV

·SCETV PBS KIDS (our .4 channel with antenna), running 24/7 for your children or students

PBS KIDS in August

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”
A week of all-new episodes kicks off Season 5 of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Follow Daniel and his friends on their adventures at school as they learn about substitute teachers, fire drills, naptime, patience and what to do when things don’t go as planned. New episodes premiere August 17–21 at 10 a.m.

Also new in August:

  • “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum”: New episodes premiere August 3-6 at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • “Let’s Go Luna”: New episodes premiere August 10-13 at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • “Hero Elementary”: New episodes premiere August 17-20 at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

What Not to Miss in August


In season seven, Endeavour and his colleagues enter a new decade and era of change. Opening on New Year’s Eve 1969, normal order has been resumed and the team reunited at Castle Gate CID, with Chief Superintendent Bright back in charge. The events of the past year, however, have left their mark: old friendships will be challenged and new relationships will blossom. Sundays, starting August 9 at 9 p.m.

“The Hook”
Go behind the scenes with chef Ricky at his Durham restaurant, Saltbox Seafood Joint, as the seafood traditions of North Carolina’s coastline and the contributions of black chefs and fishermen to coastal food culture are highlighted. August 13 at 8:30 p.m.

“Lucy Worsley’s Royal Photo Album”
Lucy Worsley tells the story of the royal photograph, showing how the royal family worked with generations of photographers to create images that reinvented the British monarchy. August 16 at 8 p.m.

“Election 2020: National Conventions”
Viewers can tune in to PBS NewsHour’s special coverage of the Democratic National Convention, which will air live August 17–20 from 8–11 p.m. on ETV-HD. Similar coverage of the Republican National Convention will air August 24-27 from 8–11 p.m. on ETV-HD. All of this coverage will re-air in its entirety at 11 p.m. each night on ETV World.

Additionally, SCETV’s own Gavin Jackson will be reporting on all the latest developments throughout these two conventions on the SC Lede podcast, which is available at, and on This Week in South Carolina, which airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on ETV-HD.

“Sisterhood: SC Suffragists – Moving Forward”
SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment and look at the role South Carolina women played in the national movement that eventually guaranteed more than 26 million women the right to vote. But there is more to do. Where do we go from here to continue the fight for equity? Become a part of our live virtual audience and engage with our panel via Facebook live. This program is supported by South Carolina Humanities. August 23 at 7 p.m.

“Sam Smith Live at the BBC’s Biggest Weekend”
Thrill to the Grammy Award winner’s electrifying performance before a sold-out crowd at the massive summer music festival in May 2018. Songs include the smash hits “Stay With Me,” “Too Good at Goodbyes,” “Money On My Mind” and more. August 29 at 8:30 p.m.

“Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show”
Celebrate the magic in this powerful and stirring reinvention of the groundbreaking show. Catapulting Riverdance into the 21st century, this new cinematic experience immerses viewers in the extraordinary energy and passion of Irish music and dance. August 31 at 9:30 p.m.


South Carolina Channel

“Call and Response: A Concert for Equality”
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Gaillard Center, and in partnership with Roper St. Francis and Ranky Tanky, uses the power of music and spoken words to promote listening, understanding, education, optimism, hope, empathy and healing. August 23 at 7 p.m. on South Carolina Channel. Also airs on ETV-HD August 6 at 9 p.m.

“Kitchen Queens: New Orleans”
This new 26-episode series shines the spotlight on women who are changing the culinary landscape of New Orleans, sharing the food and stories of female chefs who are stirring the pot with creativity and style. August 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 8:30 p.m. on South Carolina Channel.

ETV World 
“Helping Hands: The Lives of Atomic Bomb Orphans”
This documentary traces the journeys of a few of the children who lost their parents when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945, documenting the goodwill of the samaritans who supported them. August 14 at 2 p.m. on ETV World.

“Roadtrip Nation: Community Driven”
In this one-hour documentary, college students Melina, Rodney and Summer travel across the Golden State to meet people who are using the power of their education to tackle today’s problems. August 17 at 2 p.m. on ETV World.



For more program highlights by date, check out the list below

Local Series

Making it Grow                            Tuesdays, 7  p.m.

Palmetto Scene                            Thursdays, 8  p.m., Sundays, 1  p.m.

This Week in South Carolina     Fridays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 11:00 a.m.

Somewhere South                       Sundays, 6 p.m.


Local Programs

“Call and Response: Concert for Equality           ”                      Thursday, August 6 at 9 p.m.

Description: The Charleston Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Gaillard Center, and in partnership with Roper St. Francis and Ranky Tanky, uses the power of music and spoken words to bring the community together and to promote equality. This concert seeks to encourage listening, understanding, education, optimism, hope, empathy and healing. Special guest speakers include Charlton Singleton, Edward Hart and Darrin Goss.


“Sisterhood: South Carolina Suffragists”* LIVE                       Sunday, August 23 at 7 p.m.

Description: SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment and look at the role South Carolina women played in the national movement. Engage with questions and input via zoom and our social media platforms.


More Programs

8/03  9:00 p.m.    “Charlottesville, Part 1” (part 2 airs Monday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. on SCETV)

The events that lead to the tragedies in Charlottesville, Virginia in August of 2017 are examined.


8/04  8:00 p.m.    “Reagan: American Experience: Lifeguard”

Explore the influence of family, religion and anti-communism on the life of Ronald Reagan.


8/04  10:00 p.m.  “Statecraft: The Bush 41 Team”*

The presidency of George H.W. Bush and the expertise of his foreign policy team are examined.


8/06  8:30 p.m.    “Amazing Grace”

The treatment of women in the legal industry from the late 1940's through today is explored.


8/06  10:00 p.m.  “Professor T” Season 2 continues (Thursdays on SCETV)

Eccentric Professor T is released from the hospital, but the outside world is not quite as he left it; a new professor has  been appointed in his place, which means war. From Walter Presents, in Flemish with English subtitles.


8/09  7:00 p.m.     “Sea of Light: A Blind Yachtsman’s Voyage Across the Pacific”*

Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, the first blind person to make the brutal transpacific voyage, is profiled.


8/09  9:00 p.m.    “Endeavour Season 7* 3 episodes

Shaun Evans (The Take, The Last Weekend, Silk), charms audiences with his portrayal of the cerebral and solitary Detective Constable Morse in Endeavour, written by Inspector Lewis creator and Inspector Morse writer Russell Lewis. What to expect in Endeavour Season 7.


8/11   8:00 p.m.    “Reagan: American Experience: An American Crusade”

Ronald Reagan spent two terms in office as one of the most popular and controversial presidents.


8/13   8:30 p.m.    “The Hook”*

Chef Ricky Moore traces the journey of the bonefish he loves from ocean to plate.


8/16   8:00 p.m.    “Lucy Worsley’s Royal Photo Album”*

Lucy Worsley explores how the British royal family has shaped their image with photography.



8/17–20, 8-11 p.m. “PBS NewsHour” & NPR - Democratic National Convention*

Coverage of the Democratic National Convention.


8/23  5:00 p.m.    National Parks – Troubled Edens

Dubbed “America’s best idea,” they encompass 84 million acres of diverse landscape from the Everglades to glaciers to redwood forests. But in the 21st Century, America’s national parks face unique challenges. Are they being “loved to death?” Can they sustain their fragile ecosystems?


8/23  8:00 p.m.    The Queen at War

Learn how the longest reigning monarch in British history was shaped by World War II. Princess Elizabeth’s experiences during the war mirrored those of the public and helped shape her into the Queen she is today.


8/24–27, 8-11 p.m. “PBS NewsHour” & NPR– Republican National Convention*

Coverage of the Republic National Convention





8/07  9:00 p.m.    Great Performances: In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams

As part of its Broadway’s Best lineup, Great Performances airs a special encore presentation of In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams – Friday, November 10 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings) – showcasing the 2008 musical that launched Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rise to stardom.


8/07  10:00 p.m.  “International Jazz Day From Cuba

Enjoy the many renowned artists who present an extraordinary concert from the Gran Teatro de La Habana in Havana. Celebrated worldwide, International Jazz Day brings together people from UN and UNESCO member nations. Quincy Jones and Will Smith host.


8/14   10:30 p.m.  Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing

This bold interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece features Danielle Brooks (“Orange is the New Black,” Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) and Grantham Coleman (“Buzzer,” “The Americans”) as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick. Tony Award winner Kenny Leon directs with choreography by Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown.


8/21   9:00 p.m.    Great Performances: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe star in a Tony Award-winning revival of the beloved musical about a British schoolteacher instructing the royal children of the King of Siam, featuring classic songs including “Shall We Dance?" and “Hello, Young Lovers.”


8/28  9:00 p.m.    GP: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2019

Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic’s annual concert from Schönbrunn Palace with guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel and famed pianist Yuja Wang playing works including Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

South Carolina Public Radio 
2020 National Convention Coverage
Tune in to SC Public Radio all this month for the latest on the Republican and Democratic national conventions as we approach the 2020 presidential election. Join us for updates from local SC Public Radio reporters in the field as well as national coverage from NPR of the Democratic National Convention the week of August 17 and the Republican National Convention the week of August 24. Subscribe to the SC Lede podcast for even more in-depth reporting from the conventions, plus insight into all things politics in the Palmetto State.

19th Amendment Anniversary
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. SCETV and SC Public Radio are commemorating the milestone with special programming this month. Tune in to SC Public Radio Tuesdays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered for stories of the women's suffrage movement and its lasting impact on South Carolina.

“The Ted Radio Hour”
On The TED Radio Hour, an idea is the one gift that you can hang onto even after you've given it away. Hosted by Manoush Zomorodi, who succeeded former host Guy Raz earlier this year, this program is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems and new ways to think and create. Based on talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show centers around a common theme and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life. Sundays 2 p.m. on news/music stations and 3 p.m. on news/talk stations.

“All Things Considered”
On air for nearly five decades, All Things Considered has become the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time, news radio program in the country. Hosted by Ailsa Chang, Audie Cornish (pictured), Mary Louise Kelly and Ari Shapiro, this daily, weekday program mixes breaking news coverage with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews and special -- sometimes quirky -- features. Weekdays at 4 p.m. on all SC Public Radio stations.