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:

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...


Posted by on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:31

MASTERPIECE and PBS today announced exciting news for fans of British drama: more hours of MASTERPIECE are coming to PBS stations nationwide. In 2015, viewers can continue to tune in to the series during its longstanding Sunday at 9pm time slot, and also enjoy at least 20 additional hours of new programming—with some shows at 8pm, others at 10pm—throughout the year.
Guaranteed to satisfy the US audience’s ever-increasing appetite for great British drama, MASTERPIECE’s expanded schedule is funded by an exclusive corporate sponsorship with Viking River Cruises. Viking has been a sponsor of the series at 9pm on Sunday evenings since 2011.
“The generosity and vision of all our funders creates the potential for a fantastic 50 percent increase in the number of new hours in 2015,” said executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “This is truly a golden
age of British drama and we’re very proud of this affirmation of the MASTERPIECE brand.”
MASTERPIECE, which is produced by WGBH/Boston and has aired on PBS since 1971, has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. The audience for the 2014 season is up over 100 percent from 2010, and according to a 2014 public television survey, over 70 percent of members cited MASTERPIECE as their favorite show.
“PBS and MASTERPIECE are at the forefront of a global resurgence of quality drama,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “MASTERPIECE has been the place...

New on PBS Kids: The Odd Squad

Posted by on Fri, 10/31/2014 - 13:07

Multiplatform media property is designed to help kids ages 5-8 build math skills

PBS KIDS announced the premiere date for its newest series ODD SQUAD. The live-action media property follows two young government agents, Olive and Otto, who use math skills and collaboration to investigate weird and unusual phenomena. ODD SQUAD will premiere Wednesday, November 26, 2014, on PBS KIDS with a special one-hour broadcast of two back-to-back episodes, along with integrated digital and offline content. The series will air on weekdays following the premiere at 8 a.m. and 3:30 pm.

ODD SQUAD is created by Tim McKeon (The Electric Company, Foster?s Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The Backyardigans, Wallykazam!) and produced by The Fred Rogers Company and Sinking Ship Entertainment. It is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the U.S. Department of Education through the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative, a program that supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted to preschool and early elementary school children and their families.

In each episode of ODD SQUAD, the young agents use math to put things right when oddness strikes. Olive and Otto solve cases ranging from disappearing zeroes to runaway dinosaurs, and the agents often find additional clues in the “Mathroom,” a...

Illinois Gubernatorial Debate to air 10/9/14

Posted by on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:55

Governor Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner will face off in a 60 minute debate sponsored by the Illinois Public Broadcasters and the League of Women Voters of Illinois tonight in a broadcast on Network Knowledge at 8:00 p.m.

Jak Tichenor will moderate with questions from Amanda Vinicky, Wayne Wilson, and Jamey Dunn.

Join the conversation on Twitter via #ILGov2014.

In Memory of Jerry Markley

Posted by on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:20

Jerry Markley, our WMEC Station Engineer, recently passed away on October 5th, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. His work in broadcast engineering spanned 30 years, and he was an expert in his field. His wife Trish and 5 children survive him.

He will be sincerely missed. We appreciate his dedication to public television and to Network Knowledge.

For his obituary, please click here:

Historic Pasfield House Inn Featured on Roadtrippers

Posted by on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:18

Our friends at the Historic Pasfield House Inn were recently featured on the Roadtrippers site, a popular travel hub for trip planners around the world.

During the reviewer's stay, Innkeeper Tony Leone showed them the Inn's historic charm in the Land of Lincoln.

Read the full article here:

We're honored to frequently partner with this wonderful Springfield landmark.

Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years

Posted by on Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:22

On Friday, October 4th at 8:00 pm, Austin City Limits kicks off it's 40th anniversary with a two-hour special featuring musicians like Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, and more. On Saturday the 5th at 11:00 pm, Beck opens the new season performing songs new and old.

To read more, visit their site:

Illinois Stories: LIVE on 9/11

Posted by on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:27

On Thursday, September 11th from 6:30-10 PM, Illinois Stories Producer and Host Mark McDonald will be sharing some of his recent favorite episodes during a live pledge event. He will be joined by guest host Keith Bradbury.

During the event, viewers are encouraged to call in at 217-483-7887 and pledge support for this program that shares the stories of west central Illinois.

Have a story idea? Email

Emmy Wins for PBS Programming

Posted by on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:44

MASTERPIECE has been honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the 2014 Primetime Emmy® Awards, with wins and nominations for Sherlock and Downton Abbey. Sherlock received the most Emmy Awards of any television program (including the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, handed out August 16, 2014.)

"Sherlock delivers! Big audiences, great reviews, and now the hardware," says MASTERPIECE Executive producer Rebecca Eaton. "We're so happy for 'the boys,' and for Sue and Beryl Vertue and all our gifted colleagues at Hartswood, the BBC, and PBS."

"We are still reeling from Sherlock's success, and the joy it has brought so many! We came out to LA thinking we would take nothing home but the memory of a great night -- to have won seven Emmys in total is something none of us will ever forget," said Sherlock co-creator and writer Steven Moffat.

See the full list of winners and nominees below.

Complete List of MASTERPIECE Wins and Nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy® Awards

SHERLOCK (Hartswood West for BBC/Cymru Wales in co-production with Masterpiece)

Outstanding Television Movie

Sherlock: His Last Vow

Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie -- WINNER!

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie -- WINNER!

Martin Freeman as John Watson

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special -- WINNER!



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