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What We’re Watching - July 2018

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There’s a great Summer of Adventure waiting for you on AETN in July with patriotic specials, nationwide travel, new Sunday Night Drama, PBS KIDS specials and new episodes, performances from the Met and much, much more! Keep reading to find out what we’re looking forward to — from a Fourth of July spectacular to special Summer of Adventure series, local highlights, new Sunday night drama and much, much more!

“A Capitol Fourth”

Join host John Stamos for an all-star musical extravaganza celebrating our country’s 242nd birthday broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Along with the nation’s finest firework display, the Independence Day festivities will feature Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, Pentatonix and more.

Tune in Wednesday, July 4,  at 7 p.m.

AETN Originals

“Exploring Arkansas”

This month on “Exploring Arkansas” join host Chuck Dovish as he visits the Long Ridge Middle Bloyd Sandstone formation in the Ozark National Forest, rafts on the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Mulberry River, checks out the Jacksonville Guitar Center’s vintage cowboy guitar collection, treks through the Nature Conservancy’s Ranch North Woods Preserve and investigates the “Lake Conway Monster.”

Tune in Wednesday, July 4, at 6:30 p.m.

“Young Arkansans Ask: Arkansas Governor’s School”

The students of Arkansas Governor’s School talk about issues that concern them in this special edition of “Arkansans Ask.” What do they think are the challenges and opportunities facing Arkansans and the world? Find out on Thursday, July 26.

Tune in Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m.

Summer of Adventure

“10 That Changed America”

Join host Geoffrey Baer as he takes trips across the country to the legendary streets, monuments, modern marvels and inspiring homes that changed America. These whirlwind tours of engineering feats, wholly original works and extraordinary residences take us to some surprising and familiar places to learn unique roles these manmade wonders have played in shaping the American environment.

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. starting July 10.

“No Passport Required”

Join chef Marcus Samuelsson on an inspiring journey across the U.S. to explore and celebrate the wide-ranging diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisine woven into American food and culture. Visit Chicago, Detriot, New Orleans and New York on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Tune in Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning July 10.

“Kingdoms of the Sky”

A landmark, three-part miniseries made in conjunction with the BBC, “Kingdoms of the Sky” reveals the extraordinary animals and remarkable people who make a home on the iconic mountain ranges of the world. Take in the breathtaking photography with journeys through the Himalaya, Rockies and Andes on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Watch Wednesday nights at 8 beginning July 11.

Sunday Night Drama

“The Tunnel: Season 3”

In a new season of the thrilling series, Elise (Clémence Poésy) and Karl (Stephen Dillane) take on a toxic and terrifying duo whose mutual defining quality is an existential death wish. When the question posed by the couple — what is a life worth? — is directed straight back at Karl, he is forced to confront an utterly impossible choice.

Sundays at 9:30 p.m., beginning July 1.

Conquer Everest with “Hillary”

Sir Edmund Hillary is best known as the first man to conquer Mount Everest, but who was the man behind the astounding feat? Explore in new, scripted drama “Hillary” airing on Sundays at 6 p.m. beginning July 8.

Tune in Sunday nights at 6 starting July 8.

“Endeavour: Season 5” Continues

Morse has finally passed his Sergeant’s exams, just as Oxford City Police is merging into Thames Valley Constabulary and creating uncertainty for everyone at Cowley CID. What will 1968 bring as the long history of Oxford City Police comes to an end?

Watch on Sundays at 8 p.m. or binge the full season of “Endeavor” on AETN Passport now.


“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” New Episodes

Looking for some grr-ific ways to help your PBS KIDS learn about self control, independent play, kindness and the importance of exploring to learn? Don’t miss four brand new “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” episodes starting July 9.

Tune in weekdays at 8:30 and 9 a.m. July 9-12.

“Nature Cat: The Return of Bad Dog Bart”

While playing everyone’s favorite game, Hal accidentally digs up what turns out to be Bad Dog Bart’s second buried treasure map leading to his stolen loot of cat toys! With a reminder of a very special toy and very special family member, Nature Cat gets inspired to set off on a dizzying epic adventure with the whole gang. But what will happen when Bad Dog Bart himself returns?

Watch with us July 16 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Arts and Culture

“American Masters - Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”

Discover the many sides of Baseball Hall of Famer and Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams, including his complex relationships with his family, press and fans and his feelings about his Mexican-American background.

Watch Monday, July 23, 8 p.m.

“Food Flirts”

The Brass Sisters (a.k.a. The Food Flirts) are two passionate foodies “of a certain age” who have taken on a mission: tackling their culinary bucket list, one bite at a time! Starting July 6, the ladies “flirt” their way into chefs’ kitchens to discover ethnically unique and delicious delights, then head home to experiment and create cross-cultural culinary mash-ups that will tantalize your tastebuds.

Fridays at 9 p.m. starting July 6.

“Great Performances at the Met”

Featuring the leading stars of opera and delighting audiences with outstanding presentations, “Great Performances at the Met” brings the Metropolitan Opera to your home with two performances in July, “Semiramide” and “Cosí  Fan Tutte.”


A rare Met performance of Rossini’s masterpiece stars Angela Meade as the titular, murderous Queen of Babylon and Elizabeth DeShong as the warrior Arsace. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov and Ryan Speedo Green complete the all-star bel canto cast to perform the struggle for a throne and a deeply complicated family tragedy Sunday, July 8, at 12:30 p.m.

“Cosí Fan Tutte”

Mozart’s comedy of the sexes — starring Kelli O’Hara as manipulative Despina and Christopher Maltman as mastermind Don Alfonso — takes on a new setting in a 1950s Coney Island carnival in Phelim McDermott’s new production. Will sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella remain faithful to their finances Ferrando and Guglielmo even under changed circumstances or will artful Don Alfonso win the wager with the aid of cunning maid Despina?

Sunday, July 29, at 12:30 p.m.

“Great Performances — Ellis Island: The Dream of America With Pacific Symphony”

Experience emotions, elation and uncertainties of America’s epic immigrant experience with a performance of “Ellis Island: The Dream of America.” The Grammy-nominated work by acclaimed composer Peter Boyer pays tribute to America’s historic immigrant experience using narration and images from the Ellis Island archives to augment the orchestral score, which is performed by the Pacific Symphony. “Ellis Island” features seven first-hand stories of immigrants read by guest stars Barry Bostwick, Camryn Manheim, Michael Nouri and others.

“Great British Baking Show” Continues

Fans of sponge cake and culinary puns, rejoice! Season 5 of “The Great British Baking Show” (with beloved judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc) continues to chronicle the trials and tribulations of passionate, amateur bakers on Fridays at 8 p.m.

Tune in Fridays at 8 p.m.

Saturday Crime Time

“Death in Paradise” New Season

Packed with captivating mysteries, “Death in Paradise: Season 6” returns to AETN’s Saturday Crime Time block and continues the series’ warmth, wit and mystery. Beginning as DI Humphrey Goodman eagerly awaits the return of Martha, an old acquaintance from London, everything in their burgeoning romance is put to the test by an untimely murder. From cricket clubs to volcanos, fiendishly difficult puzzles and seemingly unsolvable cases await the team on Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.

Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. beginning July 6.


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