PBS shows get Emmy nominations

The nominees for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday in Los Angeles by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. PBS programs garnered an impressive 32 nominations, including outstanding program nominations in Nonfiction Series (3 of the 6 nominees were PBS programs); Miniseries; Made-for-Television Movie; Children’s Nonfiction Program; and Reality Program categories.

Dame Judi Dench, Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael Gambon and Jonathan Pryce all received nominations in the acting categories for their performances in PBS programs.

* MASTERPIECE received 12 nominations, including 7 for “Return to Cranford” and 4 for “Emma”;
* THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA received 5 nominations;
* AMERICAN EXPERIENCE received 3 nominations;
* GREAT PERFORMANCES received 2 nominations;
* IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE received 2 nominations; and
* POV received 2 nominations.

In addition, AMERICAN MASTERS, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, THE BUDDHA, CELTIC WOMAN: SONGS FROM THE HEART, WHEN FAMILIES GRIEVE and INDEPENDENT LENS all received nominations.

PBS’ 32 nominations are more than A&E, Bravo, Discovery Channel and History combined. Last year, PBS received 26 nominations and won 9 Primetime Emmys.

Winners in the creative arts categories will be announced on Friday, August 27; this awards presentation will be televised on E!. The Primetime Emmys live telecast for the remainder of the categories will be Sunday, September 29 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

KLRU & Dell Children’s Hospital 3rd Birthday

On Saturday, June 26th, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and Clifford the Big Red Dog participated in the Dell Children’s Hospital 3rd Birthday. KLRU was one of many Central Texas organizations that participated, bringing a variety of activities, music and food to the hundreds of Austinites who came out to support the hospital’s efforts. The crowd spent the day dancing to Sara Hickman, taking pictures with Clifford, planting flowers and more.

Your chance to ask BP

Have a question for BP? Ray Suarez of the PBS NewsHour will be moderating a live question and answer session between Bob Dudley, the BP executive now in charge of the oil spill response, and you.

Submit your questions via the form below then watch the interview streamed live at 2:30p.m. CT on the PBS NewsHour site, YouTube or embedded in this blog post. Clips of the interview will also be featured in tonight’s PBS NewsHour broadcast.


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PBS Annual Meeting Coming to Austin!

More than 800 attendees from PBS stations across the country will be in Austin from May 16-20 for the PBS Annual Meeting. This is a fantastic opportunity for many KLRU employees to meet colleagues, share new fundraising, production and outreach projects, and view upcoming PBS content and programming.

It’s also a wonderful chance for the spotlight to be on KLRU and Austin, and we look forward to highlighting some of our recent initiatives, like:

We are excited to be a part of the PBS Annual Meeting, to share KLRU’s vision and mission, and to learn from our fellow stations and colleagues. As always, our focus will be on how to provide central Texas with the best programming and services possible – to educate, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages!

Be sure to check back in with us next week if you’re interested in what’s happening with PBS – nationally and locally!