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What We're Watching This Month - January 2014

Posted on 09 Jan 2014

Everyone at AETN is excited to start of 2014 with a bang! From the season premieres of "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" to new BBC crime dramas, and from fresh episodes of your AETN favorites to revealing documentaries about the lives of J.D. Salinger and Stephen Hawking, there's a lot of television worth watching on AETN this January!

Here are a few of our favorite highlights:

“Exploring Arkansas”

This month, join host Chuck Dovish for an adventure “test-driving” a 21st century gyroplane in the Ozarks. Then, take in the view at Artist Point, north of Mountainburg, hike to Artist Point Falls, and explore the Blue Spring Heritage Center, near Eureka Springs, and its Ozark Bluff Shelter. Monday, Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m. Repeats Monday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m.

“Arkansans Ask: Governor Mike Beebe”

Gov. Mike Beebe will discuss state issues and answer viewer questions, which may be submitted by phone, 800-662-2386; email, paffairs@aetn.org; or on Twitter, with the hashtag #ARAsk. Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.

“Downton Abbey: Season 4” Premieres Jan. 5

Six months after the great tragedy, “Downton Abbey: Season 4” returns as the Crawley family struggles to relieve their emotional and financial woes. Meanwhile, another departure below the stairs leaves no tears in its wake … rather opportunities for new faces – and drama, alliances and sparks – begin below. Sundays, beginning Jan. 5, 9 p.m.

“Sherlock” returns Jan. 19

How did your favorite private consulting detective survive the Reichenbach Fall? Find out in three new episodes inspired by classic cases – “The Empty Hearse,” “The Sign of the Three” and “His Last Vow” – being Jan. 19. Sundays, 10 p.m.

“American Masters: Salinger”

The series releases its 200th episode with a film that delves behind the great American novelist’s meticulously built wall. “Salinger” features interviews with more than 150 of J.D. Salinger’s friends, colleagues and inner circle who have never spoken on the record before. The film also features previously unreleased footage, photographs and other materials, as well as appearances by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Northon, John Guare, Gore Vidal, and Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank, where they discuss the author’s influence on their work, lives and broader culture at large. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m.

“Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers Adventure Camp”

Follow Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don in four exciting new stories as they travel to different ecosystems and learn about erosion, tree lines, rainforests and canyons in an all-new, one-hour special. Monday, Jan. 20, 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Told for the first time in Stephen Hawking's own words and with unique access to his home and public life, watch the intimate and revealing personal journey through this remarkable man's world. From home life under the care of his nursing team to high profile speaking engagements, "Hawking" carefully tells his life journey from boyhood underachiever to PhD genius, and from a healthy member of the Oxford rowing team to bleak diagnoses and several close brushes with death. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 9 p.m.


Find our full scheduling information at: www.aetn.org/schedule 


Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.


Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.


Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.


Save the Date for AETN Family Day
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.