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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!


Network Knowledge Celebrates 30 Years

Posted by on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:40

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Network Knowledge. From its beginning, the organization has worked tirelessly to provide high quality educational material and programming to the people of west central Illinois. This year also marks Illinois Stories 1000th episode and a legacy of over 10 years producing programs that highlight the people and places of central Illinois.

Continued public support helps keep the organization alive. Without it, programs like Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Curious George would be lost. Please consider joining us in celebration this year by becoming a member and pledging your support.

Masterpiece honored with 24 Emmy Nominations

Posted by on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:53

MASTERPIECE has been honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with 24 nominations for the 2014 Primetime Emmy® Awards -- 12 for Downton Abbey and 12 for Sherlock.

Here is a complete list of MASTERPIECE nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy® Awards:

Downton Abbey
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series - Michelle Dockery
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Maggie Smith
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Joanne Froggatt
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Jim Carter
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Paul Giamatti
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - David Evans
Outstanding Art Direction for a Period Series, Miniseries or a Movie (Single Camera)
Outstanding Costume for a Series
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series

Sherlock: His Last Vow
Outstanding Television Movie
Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Martin Freeman
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Steven Moffat
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Nick Hurran
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a...

New July Programming

Posted by on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:20

New on Tuesdays in July:

Time Scanners takes a cutting edge look at history through "reading" buildings and structures from the past at 7 pm.
History Detectives: Special Investigations dives into famous stories from history and take a second look at what really happened at 8 pm.
Endeavour Season 2 continues with Endeavour Morse pursuing justice on Sundays at 8 pm.
The Last Tango in Halifax resumes with Season 2 of the uplifting drama Sundays at 7 pm.

Check out for more information on these exciting new programs!


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