April 2021 programming highlights

Black and white photo from civil rights era - Reel South Season Premiere

April is full of great series and shows for students and teachers. Here are a few highlights.

To view the full TV schedule, visit scetv.org/tv-schedule. Use the TV schedule to search for upcoming programs, air times and short descriptions. The program highlights are subject to change. Check the schedule at scetv.org/tv-schedule or on the SCETV app to confirm program times.


Local/National Programming


Palmetto Perspectives: Health Disparities                           Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m.

With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in this episode we'll look at health disparities across the state and across certain communities.


By the River                                                                                                 Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.

By the River presents in-depth interviews with South Carolina authors and poets. Upcoming authors include:

April 1 – Wanda Lloyd: Coming Full Circle from Jim Crow to Journalism

April 8 – Nathalie Dupree’s Favorite Stories and Recipes

April 16 – Marcus Amaker: The Birth of All Things

April 22 – Wiley Cash: The Last Ballad

April 29 – Susan Zurenda: Bells for Eli


Reel South                                                                                    Premieres Thursday, April 8 at 9 p.m.

The people, culture, landscape and history of the South both captivate and bewilder. In the cherished tradition of Southern storytelling, Reel South reveals the South's proud, yet complicated, heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives.

Season 6 premieres with back-to-back episodes:

Muni - A jovial love letter to the game of golf, told by the Black golfers who, despite segregation and racist systems, built a vibrant culture and lasting community on a municipal golf course in Asheville, NC.

Flat Town - In rural Louisiana, an annual high school football game unites a historically segregated town and allows sport to act as a form of inter-generational, anti-racist reconciliation.

Tune in Thursdays at 9 p.m. for Reel South.

Seaside Hotel                                                  Premieres Thursday, April 1 at 10 p.m.

At Andersen’s Seaside Hotel by the North Sea dunes, meet the chambermaid Fie, the merchant's daughter Amanda, and the local fisherman Morten, whose fates are intertwined, as they seek to emancipate themselves from the plans other people have made on their behalf. From Walter Presents, in Danish with English subtitles.


Atlantic Crossing on Masterpiece                            Premieres Sunday, April 4 at 9 p.m.

A princess steals the heart of the president of the United States in an epic drama based on the World War II relationship of Franklin Roosevelt and Norwegian Crown Princess Martha. Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex and the City) stars as Roosevelt, opposite Swedish star Sofia Helin (The Bridge) as Martha. An eight-part weekly series.


Hemingway                       Premieres Monday, April 5 – Wednesday, April 7 at 8 p.m.

The three-part, six-hour series premieres April 5, 2021. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explore the life and work of the legendary writer and his enduring influence on literature and culture. Three-part, six-hour series premieres April 5, 2021. View more on Hemingway by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick here.

Note: programs often repeat at other times and on other channels. To view the full TV schedule, visit scetv.org/tv-schedule. As the schedule sometimes is changed, confirm program times scetv.org/tv-schedule or on the SCETV app.

You can watch the program broadcast on SCETV or online with SCETV Live at the scheduled airtime. You may also find many of the programs on SCETV available at https://video.scetv.org/ for online viewing for about two weeks after the broadcast.


PBS KIDS Programming


Join the Pteranodon family on a trip to Adventure Island in a new special.

Dinosaur Train - The day is packed with fun until an earthquake erupts, causing the theme park robots to malfunction. It’s up to Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don to navigate safely across the island and reunite with their parents. This 90-minute movie event will premiere on April 12 and be repeated throughout the week.


April is Autism Awareness Month

PBS KIDS has new episodes featuring characters with autism including Hero Elementary (April 2), Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum (April 5), Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (April 5 & 6), and Sesame Street (April 8), as well as encore episodes Arthur (April 2-7), Dinosaur Train (April 2 & 5), and Sesame Street (April 5).

New episodes

In April, look for additional new episodes of Hero Elementary (April 1), Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (April 7-8), and Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum (April 6-8).


Special themes

Continue celebrating spring with rebroadcasts of the hour-long special, Curious George Swings into Spring on April 12 and 16. PBS KIDS will encore Easter-themed episodes around April 4, Earth Day-themed episodes around April 22, and Arbor Day themed episodes leading up to April 30.