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ETV Program Highlights for January 2019

January 7, 2019 - Posted in Education by Jonathan Faulk
Highlights from January programs including Victoria, Finding Your Roots, We'll Met Again and Nova: The Day the Dinosaurs Died

January provides a wide array of interesting programs from PBS KIDS Odd Squad: Odds and Ends to the start of a new season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates; from the South Carolina Governor’s Inauguration on January 9 to a special about the life of George Washington Carver on the 31st!  Check out the PBS KIDS specials, the start of many new series and much more … all on your SCETV!

To view the full TV schedule, visit


SCETV PBS Kids channel Available on the SCETV App

The SCETV PBS Kids channel (24/7 online) has been added to the SCETV App, providing 24-hour access to the SCETV PBS Kids Live stream. With videos and games at your fingertips, kids can take all of the PBS educational shows wherever they go.

*Download the SCETV App from the iTunes App Store or the Android store.

New Special

1/21      Odd Squad: Odds and Ends

The premiere of this one-hour special in which the agents face an unlikely villain and must work together to save the world will play throughout week beginning Jan. 21 at 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM on SCETV. Repeats Jan. 23 at 7:00 AM and 4:30 PM and Jan. 25 at 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

New Episodes

1/7         Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Watch new episodes Jan. 7-9 on SCETV. Airs at 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM weekdays.


1/21      Sesame Street

New episodes air Jan. 21 and 28 at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM on SCETV.


1/21      Wild Kratts

Tune in for new episodes Jan. 21-23 on SCETV at 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM.


Local Interest Programming

Governor’s Inauguration airs Wednesday, January 9 at 11:00 AM on SCETV

Palmetto Scene – Thursdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 1:00pm on SCETV

SCETV’s weekly magazine-style series airs each Thursday at 7:30pm on SCETV and focuses on SC arts and culture, business and economy, education, health, politics, and technology.  ETV’s Beryl Dakers, a professional with over 30 years in the broadcasting field, is the host of this signature series! The programs repeat the following Sunday at 1:00pm on SCETV.

1/10 – Topics include:  SC Hall of Fame Profiles

1/17 – Topics include:  Inaugural recap; Wilkins Awards; Dick Riley statue

1/24 – Topics include:  Educational programs

1/31 – Topics include:  South Carolina businesses

For all air dates, please visit the ETV schedule page:

In addition to viewing the broadcast programs, you are invited to access the Palmetto Scene program segments archived online in streaming format. Visit

This Week in South Carolina – Fridays at 7:30pm on SCETV and repeats Sundays at 11:30am

This SCETV public affairs series features interviews with the newsmakers and policymakers of the week and is hosted by Gavin Jackson, ETV’s news/public affairs reporter who provides video legislative recaps from the State House when in session. 

Repeats: Tuesdays at 6:00pm on ETV World (ETVW)

                 Thursdays at 8:30pm on SCC

                 Fridays (the Friday after original broadcast) at 5:00pm on ETV World (ETVW)


New Series and Seasons Beginning

1/4         Samantha Brown’s Places to Love – Season 2                     Fridays at 7:00 PM

For more than 17 years, TV host Samantha Brown has been exploring all four corners of the world, visiting more than 260 cities in 62 countries, sharing her adventures and introducing new cultures to viewers. Now, the two-time Emmy Award-winner embarks on her next journey with her new travel series SAMANTHA BROWN'S PLACES TO LOVE. Unlike a traditional travelogue show with a formulaic itinerary, PLACES TO LOVE delivers decidedly refreshing and enriching travel experiences by taking viewers on a discovery of the emotional heart of travel and highlighting the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination. From Brooklyn, New York and Monterey, California to Shanghai, China and Donegal in Ireland, in the 13-part series, Samantha seeks out the little-known spots and haunts where innovators and disrupters are creating a brand new travel experience.


1/5         It’s Sew Easy                                                                                Saturdays at 8:00 AM

IT'S SEW EASY is an exciting new show offering a novel approach to sewing. The focus is on contemporary style, not age. Each weekly episode features education that revolves around the experts. Designers from across the country share their expertise, showing easy ways to create great sewing projects without the stress of perfection.Projects are easy enough for beginners but creatively challenging to pique the interest of all sewing enthusiasts. Viewers will learn to create beautiful and professional looking garments and home decor. Show themes include: Accessories and Simple Sewing, Apparel Details and Embellishments, Simple Sewing- Easy Tricks, Make it Personal, Dress up Ready Made Home Decor, Garment Construction Tips, Patterns, Surface Embellishment, T-shirt Surgery, Fun Fabrics, Shop Your Closet - Restyling, Gifts, and Kids and Baby.      


1/5         Tastemakers                                                                                 Saturdays at 11:00 AM  

Join journalist and host Cat Neville for an eye-opening journey into the heart of the food movement. TASTEMAKERS introduces viewers to artisans across the United States who are defining the flavor of American food today. The series takes viewers from a shellfish operation in the icy waters off the coast of Washington, to a sheep's milk dairy in the rolling hills of Missouri, to an organic tofu factory in the heart of Chicago. Each episode explores how the artisans do their work, traveling to unique corners of the country while uncovering regional food culture and history along the way. Throughout the series, viewers also learn what drives these makers, what inspires them, and how they perfected their craft.


1/5         Martha Bakes – Season 11                                                        Saturdays at 3:00 PM    

This series enables the home baker to create the finest desserts and goodies in his or her home kitchen. Throughout the series Martha Stewart shares the best tips and techniques, giving viewers the confidence to create delectable baked goods -- from scratch -- in their own kitchens.


1/6         Tending Nature                                                                            Sundays at 4:30 PM       

TENDING NATURE shines a light on the environmental knowledge of indigenous peoples across California by exploring how the state's Native peoples have actively shaped and tended the land for millennia,in the process developing a deep understanding of plant and animal life. The series examines how humans are necessary to live in balance with nature and how traditional practices can inspire a new generation of Californians.


1/8         Finding Your Roots – Season 5                                                 Tuesdays at 8:00 PM

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the 12th and latest series from the renowned cultural critic and Harvard scholar. In this 10-part series, Professor Gates continues the quest he begun in African American Lives 1 and 2 and Faces of America delving into the genealogy and genetics of an all new group of famous Americans. The series combines history and science in a fascinating exploration of race, family, and identity in today's America. Each hour features a different pair of celebrity guests, who are bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link, whether it be as old friends, through long-lost relatives, or even through a common ancestral past.                      


1/12      America’s Test Kitchen – Season 19                                       Saturdays at 2:00 PM                   

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED uses a common-sense, practical approach to solve everyday cooking problems and save viewers time and money. Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison lead a team of dedicated test kitchen cooks to reveal the basics of foolproof home cooking while preparing dozens of exhaustively tested recipes. The series also features the popular segments viewers know and love.


1/13      Victoria – Season 3                                                                      Sundays at 9:00 PM                      

Revolution sweeps across Europe and pressure builds on Victoria with new arrivals at the Palace.


1/20      Home Diagnosis                                                                           Sundays at 3:30 PM

Presented by Georgia Public Broadcasting, "Home Diagnosis" is "This Old House" meets "CSI." It is the first program ever dedicated to promoting measured home performance, building science concepts & forensic testing, while highlighting best practices for home improvements/high performance building proven through diagnostics. Led by YouTube Home Performance expert Corbett Lunsford and his wife Grace, they travel the nation in their high performance tiny house, # TinyLab, the foil for each episode's home. Along the way, they meet with homeowners to diagnose their mystery problems and prescribe real solutions to help them prove their home is a safe, healthy, comfortable place for their family, as well as addressing the public television audience and informing them on how these lessons can apply in their homes as well.               


ETV and PBS Highlights

1/8         9:00 PM               We’ll Meet Again, Season 2, Episode 6: The Fight for Women’s Rights

Join Ann Curry as two women search for friends and colleagues who fought for equal rights. One of the first female commercial pilots wants to thank her mentor, and an advocate hopes to find the woman who inspired her to join a movement.


1/10      8:00 PM               In Defense of Food

Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. Pollan cuts through today's barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy.


1/10      10:00 PM            Understanding the Opioid Crisis

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic will combine stories of people and communities impacted by this epidemic along with information from experts and those at the frontlines of dealing with the epidemic. The program will trace the history of how the nation got into this situation and provide possible solutions and directions for dealing with the crisis.


1/11      9:00 PM               Great Performances: The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

Celebrate the orchestra's centennial with a gala concert conducted by Franz Welser-Most, featuring pianist Lang Lang and works by Mozart, Strass and Ravel, with vignettes of past music directors.


1/13      7:30 PM               Victoria Season 2: Finale (repeat)

Albert is intent on re-creating the Christmastime joy he remembers from his youth. Victoria has more than one surprise visitor and finds herself threatened by a relative. Meanwhile, the festive spirit sparks romantic tension throughout the palace.


1/13      9:00 PM               Victoria Season 3 – Season 3 Premiere

Watch as revolution sweeps across Europe and pressure builds on Victoria with new arrivals at the Palace.


1/13      10:00 PM            Victoria and Albert: The Wedding, Episode 1

Enjoy a recreation of the wedding that changed British matrimonial ceremonies forever. This series, hosted by Lucy Worsley, celebrates an enduring love that was to melt the nation's heart and set the standard for generations of brides to come.

Episode 1: Join the experts preparing to reconstruct the wedding that changed history. As they get ready for the ceremony and investigate the stories behind the dress, food and music, they uncover astonishing details, and their challenge comes into focus.


1/15      8:00 PM               Finding Your Roots – Season 5, Episode 2

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Felicity Huffman and Michael K. Williams discover a wealth of hidden family history. Both grew up knowing little about their biological fathers, and seeing their lost ancestry restored proves deeply empowering.


1/16     9:00 PM               NOVA: The Day the Dinosaurs Died

Investigate how an asteroid vanquished the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Join scientists as they drill into the impact crater and, for the first time, reconstruct the hell on earth that unfolded in the minutes, hours and months after the impact.


1/17      10:00 PM            Saving Brinton: America Reframed

History teacher Mike Zahs uncovers a trove of 19th century showreels of one of America's first motion picture impresarios, William Franklin Brinton. Zahs sets out to restore these showreels and present them to today's audiences. In this portrait of an unlikely Midwestern folk hero, SAVING BRINTON offers a meditation on the legacy of illusionist Frank Brinton, and the magic of living history.


1/18      9:00 PM               Great Performances: Orphee Et Eurydice from Lyric Opera of Chicago

Reimagine Christoph Willibald Gluck's enduringly popular opera based on the famous Greek myth. From Lyric Opera of Chicago in collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet. Starring Dmitry Korchak, Andriana Chuchman and Lauren Snouffer.


1/20      8:00 PM               Victoria Season 3, Episode 1 (repeat)

Watch as revolution sweeps across Europe and pressure builds on Victoria with new arrivals at the Palace.


1/20      9:00 PM               Victoria Season 3, Episode 2

Victoria must decide whether to fight the Chartists with force or allow them to present their petition.


1/20      10:00 PM            Victoria and Albert: The Wedding, Episode 2

Witness the most accurate reconstruction of Victoria and Albert's wedding ever staged, followed by a sumptuous wedding breakfast, a prelude to the first night that began a marriage so iconic, it heralded constitutional monarchy as we know it today.


1/21      7:00 PM               Rick Steves Special: The Story of Fascism in Europe

In this one-hour special, Rick Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe - taking millions of people with it. He traces fascism's history from its roots in the turbulent aftermath of World War I, when masses of angry people rose up, to the rise of charismatic leaders who manipulated that anger, and the totalitarian societies they built. In addition, Rick chronicles the brutal measures the leaders used to enforce their ideologies, and discusses the horrific consequences of genocide and total war. And yet despite all this, inspiration can be found by those who resisted. Along the way, Rick visits poignant sights throughout Europe relating to fascism, and talks with Europeans whose families lived through those times. The goal of the RICK STEVES SPECIAL: THE STORY OF FASCISM IN EUROPE is to learn from the hard lessons of 20th-century Europe, and to recognize that ideology in the 21st century.


1/25      9:00 PM               Great Performances: Doubt From Minnesota Opera

In this new opera based on John Patrick Shanley's play and film, suspicion ignites a battle of wills at a Catholic school in the Bronx, circa 1964. The charismatic and progressive Father Flynn is trying to loosen the stranglehold of St. Nicholas Church School's strict customs, which are fiercely guarded by its iron-fisted principal, Sister Aloysius Beauvier. When the young, innocent Sister James shares with the principal her suspicion that Father Flynn may be abusing the school's only black student, Sister Aloysius embarks on a personal crusade to find the truth and ruin the priest. With no proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius engages in a battle of wills with Father Flynn in this riveting new work, which poses questions to ponder long after the curtain goes down.


1/27      8:00 PM               Victoria Season 3, Episode 2 (repeat)

Victoria must decide whether to fight the Chartists with force or allow them to present their petition.


1/27      9:00 PM               Victoria Season 3, Episode 3

At Osborne House, Albert relishes the opportunity to spend time with the family away from London, but Victoria is desperate to get back to the Palace and the business of politics.


1/28      9:00 PM              Surviving the Dust Bowl: American Experience

Dust storms ravaged the parched Southern plains in the 1930s, yet the people stayed on, refusing to give up their way of life.


1/31      8:30 PM              Reel South – Counter Histories: Rock Hill

The “Friendship 9” took action to fight segregation laws in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in 1961.


1/31      9:00 PM               George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life

While George Washington Carver's rise from slavery to scientific accomplishment has inspired millions, time has dulled the luster of his reputation, reducing him to the man who did something with peanuts. This documentary uncovers Carver's complexities and reveals the full impact of his life and work.


1/31     10:00 PM             Black Women in Medicine

Showcases black female doctors across America who work diligently in all facets of medicine.

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