Look what's coming to Blue Ridge PBS!
Fridays at 8:30pm
Why and how did some of the world's most influential artists, innovators, athletes and leaders break big? Talented men and women recount their most difficult, dramatic and serendipitous turning points. Emmy-winning journalist Carlos Watson hosts.
July 6 – Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean’s appeal to everyday small-town Americans catapulted him to country music superstardom, but that success didn’t come overnight. He faced setback after setback before securing a record deal and releasing a string of hits. Aldean was onstage when shots rang out and dozens were killed at a Las Vegas music festival in October 2017. He tells BREAKING BIG host Carlos Watson that the tragedy reminded him that life is short, success is a gift, and the best thing he can do is keep performing and giving his fans the shows they deserve.
July 13 – Ruth Zukerman
Sometimes, lightning strikes twice. When Ruth Zukerman noticed that many women visited the gym solely to take spinning classes, she was inspired to open SoulCycle, an indoor cycling studio. Leaving that company after her partnership with her co-founders dissolved, she started a competing business, Flywheel. Zukerman takes BREAKING BIG host Carlos Watson through her journey from aspiring dancer to single mother to successful businesswoman.
July 20 – Roxane Gay
At age 12, Roxane Gay suffered a violent attack that changed the course of her life. But she overcame the resulting pain to emerge as a leading voice in the modern feminist movement. In her acclaimed essay collection, Bad Feminist, Gay gives a voice to women of color, queer and transgender women, and others left behind by traditional feminism. BREAKING BIG host Carlos Watson talks with Gay about her writing, her teaching and the next stage of her career.
July 26 – Michael Strahan
Teamwork is what allowed Michael Strahan to break big several times over a career that took him from the football field to the television studio. Being an NFL superstar and Super Bowl winner wasn’t enough for him. After retiring from professional football, he found a home in broadcasting and worked his way up to the “Good Morning America” desk. Teammates and co-anchors alike praise Strahan’s ability to inspire and work cordially alongside everyone he meets. BREAKING BIG host Carlos Watson talks with him about his achievements and upcoming ventures.
A Capitol Fourth 2018
Wednesday, July 4 at 8:00pm & 9:30pm
This July 4th, America’s national Independence Day celebration kicks off our country’s 242nd birthday, as A CAPITOL FOURTH welcomes back Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (Fuller House, Scream Queens) to host the festivities.
The country’s longest-running live national July 4 TV tradition will feature all-star musical performances by:
- Multi-platinum-selling music legend Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical Escape to Margaritaville, making their first stop after Broadway at the U.S. Capitol before launching a national tour
- “America’s Band,” the iconic multi-platinum-selling music legends The Beach Boys
- Three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix
- Legendary Motown stars The Temptations
- Acclaimed multi-platinum country music singer-songwriter and winner of the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist Luke Combs
- Country music star and “American Idol” alum Lauren Alaina
- 12-time Grammy Award-winner and gospel legend CeCe Winans
- Internationally acclaimed Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell
- The National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly
Broadcast live on Blue Ridge PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this time-honored 38-year-tradition puts viewers front and center for America’s biggest birthday party with the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation lighting up the iconic DC skyline.
A Chef’s Life
Mondays at 7:00pm
In the fifth season of this award-winning series, Vivian hits the road in a food truck to support her first cookbook, a 500-page “culinary love letter.” While on the road, she discovers Jefferson’s small-batch whiskey in the heart of Bourbon County, fishes for trout at a farm in the North Carolina mountains and prepares peppers at a clandestine gathering for chefs in the Virginia hills.
Earth’s Natural Wonders: Life at the Extremes – NEW SERIES!
Wednesdays at 8:00pm
Earth's natural wonders are parts of the natural world that nature has carved on such a scale that they defy belief. For human beings, survival within these extraordinary places can pose great challenges. Yet human ingenuity makes this possible.
July 11 – Surviving the Extreme
Earth’s Natural Wonders are among the most extreme places to live on the planet. From soaring mountains to deep jungles, and frozen Polar worlds, human beings need bravery and ingenuity to survive within them.
July 18 – Surviving with Animals
In some of the World’s most extraordinary Natural Wonders, it is wildlife that holds the key to survival for the people who live there. But animals can be our foes, as well as our friends.
July 25 – Surviving Against the Odds
In some Natural Wonders, people must push themselves to the absolute limit in order to survive. For the people who call these extraordinary places home, survival requires great skill, ingenuity and bravery.
Endeavor, Season 5, on Masterpiece
Sundays at 9:00pm
Shaun Evans returns for a fifth season of the popular series as the young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar but with his deductive powers already running in high gear. Roger Allam also returns as Endeavour’s mentor, DI Fred Thursday, for more crime-solving in 1960s Oxford.
July 1 – Part Two: Cartouche
Hollywood glamour comes to Oxford as a horror movie begins filming in the city. The film's star believes an Egyptian curse is to blame for two poisonings. Morse and Thursday uncover long-kept secrets and a plot to expose the truth of a hero's past.
July 8 – Part Three: Passenger
Investigating a disappearance, Endeavour fears it’s linked to the unsolved murder of a teenager years earlier. The investigation takes a surprising turn when a woman's body is discovered and Endeavour notices anomalies at the crime scene.
July 15 – Part Four: Colours
A photoshoot on an army base turns sinister when a model is found dead. As Endeavour and Strange take the lead on the investiga¬tion, their differing opinions push their friendship to breaking point. Then another body is found on the base.
July 22 – Part Five: Quartet
The investigation of an assassination attempt is quickly brought to an unexpected end, but Morse continues to probe. He's soon embroiled in the dark dealings of espionage, big business and a long-held secret at the heart of the Oxford community.
July 29 – Part Six: Requiem
After a teacher mysteriously disappears, Endeavour goes undercover to investigate the dark world of a public school. With the unexpected discovery of a body, he questions whom to trust. Meanwhile, Thursday's life is upended by his brother’s return.