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New LawMakers with Mark McDonald 1/18

Posted by on Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:19

We taped Lawmakers on the first full day of the 99th General Assembly at the State Capitol and interviewed Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, Senator John Sullivan of Rushville, Representative Noreen Hammond of Macomb and Representative Rich Brauer of Petersburg.

See the new episode this Sunday 1/18/15 at 6:00 p.m.

Get Tickets to see Brit Floyd

Posted by on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:59

There's still time to get your tickets to the March 9th presentation of Brit Floyd - The Pink Floyd Tribute Show at UIS Sangamon Auditorium before they go on sale on 1/16/15!

Call 217-483-7887 or select the "Pledge with Gift" option here: https://www.networkknowledge.tv/pledgenow

Ticket options:

$50/1 Ticket

$90/Pair of Tickets

$125/Pair of tickets + DVD

Meet and Greets are available as well.

Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to North America in 2015 to launch its Space and Time World Tour 2015, their most ambitious show to date; with a spectacular new light show, an even bigger stage production and over one hundred concerts planned throughout the United States and Canada between March and August 2015.

Celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd; from their creation in 1965 right through to the release of their brand new album, 'The Endless River’, this amazing new show includes performances from all Pink Floyd's biggest selling albums, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell plus a host of other Pink Floyd musical surprises.

Downton Abbey Season 5 Premiere 1/4/15

Posted by on Fri, 01/02/2015 - 15:47

On Sunday, January 4th at 8:00 p.m., the newest season of Downton Abbey will premiere.

Season 5 features returning stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Allen Leech, Robert James-Collier, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Lily James, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Samantha Bond, Ed Speleers, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, David Robb, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Daisy Lewis, Douglas Reith, Jeremy Swift, and Andrew Scarborough.

This acclaimed ensemble is joined by guest stars Harriet Walter ("Atonement"), reprising her role as Lady Shackleton, and Peter Egan ("Death at a Funeral"), who returns as Lord Flintshire, together with completely new characters played by Richard E. Grant ("Girls"), Anna Chancellor ("The Hour"), and Rade Sherbedgia ("24").

Viewers can expect to follow plot threads left dangling from last season, including Lady Mary's courtship contest, Lady Edith's trials as a secret single mom, Thomas' scheming against Bates, Robert's battles against modernity, Tom's quest to be true to his ideals, Violet's one-line zingers, and much, much more.

One of the recurring themes of Downton Abbey is change, from the wrenching consequences of the Titanic disaster in Season 1 to a notorious automobile accident at the end of Season 3 - plus World War I, women's rights, and the new morals, inventions, and fashions of the 1920s.

Which is where Season...

Make a Tax-Deductible Donation Before the End of 2014

Posted by on Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:32

Looking for a tax-deductible donation to help come tax time? Support your local PBS station!

As a non-profit, Network Knowledge can provide you with a receipt for your donation--even if you choose to pledge in exchange for a gift. Donations help provide quality public television to children and adults alike across central Illinois and keep programs like Illinois Stories and Downton Abbey on the air.

PBS has always reminded you that public broadcasting is made possible thanks to "Viewers like you." Please continue the tradition and make a gift today.

We appreciate your support in 2014, and are excited to see what 2015 brings as well.

Donations can be made by calling 217-483-7887 or online here: https://www.networkknowledge.tv/pledgenow

Special Downton Abbey on 12/28

Posted by on Wed, 12/24/2014 - 10:28

As we wrap up our review of the final Downton Abbey Season IV episodes on Sunday evening, December 28th, PBS will be doing a special pledge drive to help support this beloved program. During those 15 minutes, you can call 217-483-7887 or visit our website and make your donation to help keep this program on the air.

Season V begins January 4, 2015. Thank you to those who have joined our preview events in Jacksonville and Springfield!

Program Feautring Brit Floyd, Pink Floyd Tribute Band on 12/11

Posted by on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:10

Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to North America in 2015 to launch its Space and Time World Tour 2015, their most ambitious show to date; with a spectacular new light show, an even bigger stage production and over one hundred concerts planned throughout the United States and Canada between March and August 2015. The program airs on Network Knowledge on 12/11/14 at 8:30 pm.

Celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd; from their creation in 1965 right through to the release of their brand new album, 'The Endless River’, this amazing new show includes performances from all Pink Floyd's biggest selling albums, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell plus a host of other Pink Floyd musical surprises. 2015 celebrates the 50th anniversary since Pink Floyd formed.

You can get tickets to a live performance at the Sangamon Auditorium on Monday March 9, 2015 by calling in and supporting your PBS station with a pledge!

Different pledge levels with gifts:

$35 DVD, Full 2 hour concert
$40 for a single ticket
$65 for a single ticket plus Meet & Greet
$75 for a pair
$100 for a pair of tickets & Meet & Greet
$125 for a pair of tickets, Meet & Greet & a DVD

Call 217-483-7887 to get your tickets today.

Ken Burns Presents "Cancer: Emperor of all Maladies"

Posted by on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:18

Ken Burns Presents CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, a three-part, six-hour documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and executive produced by Ken Burns, will air on PBS March 30-April 1, 2015. The project, which includes the documentary and a comprehensive national engagement campaign, is a collaboration between Florentine Films, Laura Ziskin Pictures, WETA, Ark Media, Stand Up to Cancer and an array of other project supporters, and is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Simon & Schuster 2010).

CancerFilms.org, the newly expanded website with social and interactive media components created in conjunction with the documentary, was launched today, November 10, 2014. The project website features an innovative digital short film series executive produced by Ken Burns and created by Redglass Pictures. Each of these conversation-starting short films showcases the intimate story of a cancer patient, caregiver, researcher or survivor and invites the viewer to engage with the project themes. Among those who have contributed stories to the project are actress Maura Tierney, actor Terrence Howard, New York Times Columnist Suleika Jaouad and the Physician-in-Chief at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dr. Jose Baselga. Six stories from this series can be viewed now on the project’s Producers’ Blog at the following link: http://...

Illinois Stories: LIVE on 12/4

Posted by on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:43

Producer and Host Mark McDonald hosts a live pledge event on Thursday, December 4th from 6:30-10:00 pm showcasing "The Best of Illinois Stories" with a guest host.

Please show your support for this program by tuning in a donating to keep this program on the air. Calls are accepted at 217-483-7887 from 6:30-10:00 pm. Gifts are available in exchange for your pledge.

Your support will help us reach the 1000th episode of Illinois Stories!

December 2014 Downton Abbey Preview Events

Posted by on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:40

This December, we'll be hosting two free Downton Abbey preview events in Jacksonville and Springfield so you can see the premiere of Season 5 before it even hits the airwaves in January! We'll have sweets, door prizes, and a few fun surprises to make the evening even more special.

But there are only 75 seats open at each event, and they fill up quickly. Call Kayla at 217-483-7887 ext. 224 to save your spot today!

More info here: http://networkknowledge.tv/specialevents

Downton Abbey Season Six Announcement

Posted by on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 18:14

DOWNTON ABBEY, the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning drama that has become an international hit, will return to MASTERPIECE on PBS for a sixth season.
A Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE co-production, Downton Abbey, Season 5 completes its run in the UK on Sunday, November 9th. Season 5 will premiere on MASTERPIECE on PBS on Sunday, January 4, 2015.
MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton says, “Good news! Just as our audience settles in for the beloved Crawley family drama, we can announce that Season 6 will arrive a year later. How lucky can you get?”
The sixth season will go into production in 2015 and will be written by Julian Fellowes.
Carnival’s Managing Director Gareth Neame, Executive Producer of Downton Abbey, said, “We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of Downton Abbey this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show. This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters.”
Viewership and social media stats have soared since Downton Abbey launched in January 2011. Season 4 drew an average audience of 13.2 million viewers, making it the top PBS drama of all time and one of the highest-rated dramas now on American television.
“At its heart, television is about storytelling, and Downton Abbey is certainly storytelling at its finest. Downton Abbey and the Crawley family have kept us on the edge of...

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