The dog days of summer take their name from Sirius, the "dog star," which is in conjunction with the sun beginning in late July through September. The ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. Whatever their origin, the dog days - August in Illinois - can be a good time to come in from the heat and humidity to spend some quality time with your television.
To help you escape Sirius, this month's schedule is replete with a wide variety of music, personality profiles, documentaries, mysteries, and real reality TV. Thanks to your membership dollars, here's a sample of what's in store.
For all the Broadway buffs, it's "South Pacific" live from Lincoln Center; classical music aficionados will enjoy the Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2010; and contemporary music fans will rock to Elvis Costello and the Band of Heathens.
Personality profiles, local, national and heavenly, feature Ed Sutkowski interviews with Nancy Brinker, Michael Bryant, and Bishop Daniel Jenky, and a repeat of the locally-produced Archbishop Sheen: Servant of All.
Masterpiece Mystery! premiers "Inspector Lewis III: Counter-culture Blues," and the reality series Carrier continues its encore performance.
Details on these and a whole lot more appear inside the Program guide and online at wtvp.org. And don't forget all the additional programming on World (47.2) and Create (47.3). With programs like these in August, and someone else to do the shopping, you may never need to step out and face the dog days. Seriously!
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired)