or


[01/04/12 - 10:52 AM]
"Nova" Explores Hidden Elements, A Da Vinci Mystery, An Ancient U.S. Death Trap, and 3D Spies and Dambusters of WWII in New Winter 2012 Programming Line-Up
The show's 39th season continues on Wednesday nights at 9:00/8:00c on PBS.

[via press release from PBS]

"NOVA" EXPLORES HIDDEN ELEMENTS, A DA VINCI MYSTERY, AN ANCIENT U.S. DEATH TRAP, AND 3D SPIES AND DAMBUSTERS OF WWII IN NEW WINTER 2012 PROGRAMMING LINE-UP

NOVA airs Wednesday nights at 9PM/8c on PBS

www.pbs.org/nova

Bombing Hitler's Dams (Premieres Wednesday, January 11 at 9PM/8c, 2 hours)

In 1943 a squadron of Lancaster bombers staged one of the most audacious raids in history - destroying two gigantic dams in Germany's industrial heartland and cutting the water supply to arms factories - with a revolutionary bouncing bomb invented by British engineer Barnes Wallis. Wallis and the pilots of 617 Squadron - a lively mix of Britons, Australians, Americans, and Canadians - were hailed as heroes who had dealt a mighty blow to the German war machine.

Now, with the aid of six spectacular experiments, NOVA will re-create the extreme engineering challenges faced by Wallis and the pilots in this new two-hour special program. Each experiment represents a technical challenge that the Dambusters had to solve to make their mission a success. A crack team of experts - from dam engineers to explosives specialists - will step into the shoes of the Dambusters and attempt to overcome each obstacle in turn. They will adapt a vintage Second World War II DC4 to carry a bomb the size of an oil drum; train it to drop it from a dangerously low altitude in pitch darkness; get it to bounce over obstacles and onto the tar- get; and finally, at a test site in Canada with a 1:6 scale model of one of the German dams, try to repeat history.

3D Spies of WWII ((Premieres Wednesday, January 18 at 9PM/8c)

NOVA tells the suspenseful, previously untold story of air photo intelligence that played a vital role in defeating Hitler. During World War II, Hitler's scientists developed terrifying new weapons of mass destruction. Alarmed by rumors about advanced rockets and missiles, Allied intelligence recruited a team of brilliant minds from British universities and Hollywood studios to a country house near London. Here, they secretly pored over millions of air photos shot at great risk over German territory by specially converted, high-flying Spitfires. Peering at the photos through 3D stereoscopes, the team spotted telltale clues that revealed hidden Nazi rocket bases. The photos led to devastating Allied bombing raids that were crucial setbacks to the German rocket program and helped ensure the success of the D-Day landings. NOVA uses 3D graphics that recreate exactly what the photo spies saw in this eye-opening documentary.

Mystery of a Masterpiece: Will this recently discovered portrait turn out to be a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece (Premieres Wednesday, January 25 at 9PM/8c)

In October 2009, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world news headlines. Originally sold two years before for around $20,000, the portrait is now thought to be an undiscovered masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci worth more than $100 million. How did cutting edge imaging analysis help tie the portrait to Leonardo? NOVA and National Geographic meet a new breed of experts who are approaching "cold case" art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover "who committed the art," and follow art sleuths - as well as renowned art historians, such as Martin Kemp--as they deploy new techniques to combat the multi- billion dollar criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art.

Ice Age Death Trap: High in the Rockies, scientists reveal the lost world of mammoths (Premieres Wednesday, February 1 at 9PM/8c)

During construction in Colorado, a bulldozer driver digs up something strange: a tooth so huge he had to hold in two hands. Scientists from the local Denver museum race to the scene. They can scarcely believe what they find: a vast trove of fossils from the depths of the Ice Age 100,000 years ago, when North America teemed with incredible beasts: massive mastodons, saber tooth cats and camels, giant bison with six-foot horns, and ground sloths as big as an elephant with huge claws. In the biggest-ever fossil dig in the Rockies, the team unearths a perplexing riddle: evidence that entire families of many mastodons died as they grazed beside an ancient lake. Patiently, clue-by-clue, the team reconstructs a macabre scenario in which the soil beside the lake liquefies then hardens, swiftly trapping entire mastodon families. Unable to move, the mighty tusked beasts slowly starve to death. Packed with ingenious scientific work and spectacular fossils, NOVA's Ice Age Death Trap reveals intimate secrets of the life and death of North America's most exotic and extreme creatures. Most tantalizing of all, the team unearths startling and controversial evidence that, if confirmed, would point to the earliest humans ever to venture into the untamed wilderness of Ice Age America.

Separating Twins: Joined at the head two girls undergo a daring operation to save their lives (Premieres Wednesday, February 8 at 9PM/8c)

This is the incredible story of Trishna and Krishna, twin girls born joined at the head. Abandoned shortly after birth at an orphanage in Bangladesh, they had little chance of survival, until they were saved and taken to Australia by an aid worker. After two years battling for life, the twins are ready for a series of delicate operations, which will prepare them for the ultimate challenge: a marathon separation surgery that will allow them to live truly separate lives. Since the beginning, surgeons knew there was no guarantee of survival for either of the girls - but without surgery there was no hope at all. With exclusive access to this extraordinary human and medical drama, NOVA cameras have been with Trishna and Krishna and their caregivers at each moment of their journey.

Bioethics (wt) (Premieres Wednesday, March 28 at 9PM/8c)

What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA - all three billion chemical letters of it--read, stored and available for analysis? In Bioethics, NOVA reveals that we stand on the verge of a revolution. We meet cancer patients returned to robust health and a cystic fibrosis sufferer breathing easily because scientists have been able to pinpoint and neutralize the genetic abnormalities underlying their conditions. What are the moral dilemmas raised by the new technology? Will it help or hurt us to know our genetic destiny? What if such information falls into the hands of insurance companies, employers, and prospective mates? One thing is for certain: the new era of personalized, gene-based medicine is relevant to everyone. Soon, all of us may be deciding whether to join the ranks of the DNA generation.

Hunting the Elements (Premieres Wednesday, April 4 at 9PM/8c, 2 hours)

What are things made of? It's a simple question with an astonishing answer. Fewer than one hundred naturally occurring elements form the ingredients of everything in our world - from solid rocks to ethereal gases, from scorching acids to the living cells in our body. David Pogue, lively host of NOVA's popular Making Stuff series and personal technology correspondent for The New York Times, spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements in a special two-hour program. Why are some elements, like platinum and gold, relatively inert while others, like phosphorus and potassium, are violently explosive? Why are some vital to every breath we take while others are potentially lethal? Punctuated by surprising and often alarming experiments, David Pogue takes NOVA on a roller coaster ride through nature's hidden lab and the compelling stories of discovery that revealed its secrets.

Now in its 39th season, NOVA is the most-watched primetime science series on American television, reaching an average of five million viewers weekly. The series remains committed to producing in-depth science programming in the form of hour-long (and occasionally longer) documentaries, from the latest breakthroughs in technology to the deepest mysteries of the natural world. NOVA airs Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT on WGBH Boston and most PBS stations. The Director of the WGBH Science Unit and Senior Executive Producer of NOVA is Paula S. Apsell.

Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and public television viewers.

Additional funding for NOVA is provided by Millicent Bell through the Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation.

Additional funding for Mystery of a Masterpiece and Bioethics (wt) is provided by Millicent Bell through the Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation.

NOVA is closed-captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers and described for people who are blind or visually impaired by the Media Access Group at WGBH. The descriptive narration is available on the SAP channel or stereo TV and VCRs. To order NOVA direct from WGBH Boston Video, visit shop.wgbh.org or call 800.949.8670. call 800.949.8670.





  [january 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· NOVA (PBS)









[07/04/15 - 08:45 AM]
"Dateline NBC" Is the #1 Big 4 Telecast of the Night in Adults 18-49 and 25-54
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, July 3.

[07/04/15 - 08:37 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, NBC Share Demo Crown in Repeat Battle
CBS then is the most-watched network last night.

[07/03/15 - 08:54 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Original Showdown with "Big Brother"
The Eye leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[07/03/15 - 08:39 AM]
ABC's "Astronaut Wives Club" Improves Its Hour - "Rookie Blue" Holds 100% of Its Premiere
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, July 2.

[07/03/15 - 08:30 AM]
"Food Fighters" Ties for #2 in Its Time Period Among the Big 4 Networks in Adults 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, July 2.

[07/02/15 - 03:51 PM]
FOX Bursts Into San Diego Comic-Con with World Premiere Screenings and Panel Debuts of "Scream Queens," "Minority Report" and "Lucifer"
Panels for "Lucifer," "Minority Report" and "Bob's Burgers" will kick things off on Friday, July 10.

[07/02/15 - 01:59 PM]
Discovery Channel Delivers All New Digital Content and Social Media Action During "Shark Week 2015"
Sharkopedia - Discovery's ultimate digital guide to all things shark - makes its online debut this year.

[07/02/15 - 11:49 AM]
FOX Sports Expands FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Coverage with 30 Hours of Added Programming
Said additions include expanded pre- and post-game coverage of the championship match, a pair of marathons showcasing the U.S. Women's National Team's dramatic run to the final and more.

[07/02/15 - 11:06 AM]
The Biting Snark Continues on WE tv - Network's Second Annual "Snark Week" Featuring the Snarkiest Personalities and Shows Returns July 6-10
This year's on-air celebration includes biting one-liners from new episodes of WE tv's original series "Braxton Family Values," "Cutting It: In the ATL" and "Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars."

[07/02/15 - 10:33 AM]
ABC's "The Chew" to Broadcast from the 20th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
The Emmy-winning lifestyle series will tape five shows on October 7-9 to air during the week of October 12-16.

[07/02/15 - 10:18 AM]
Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers Rank #1 for the Late-Night Second Quarter vs. Their ABC-CBS Competition in All Key Measures
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the second quarter of 2015.

[07/02/15 - 10:00 AM]
Donald Glover Pilot "Atlanta" Casts Its Leads as Production Gets Underway
Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Lee Stanfield and Zazie Beetz will co-star while Hiro Murai is set to direct.

[07/02/15 - 09:46 AM]
Season Three Premieres of the Hit Dramas "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex" Are Available for Early Sampling
Viewers can sample the TV-14 rated premieres of both episodes for free now on YouTube and SHO.com.

[07/02/15 - 09:12 AM]
"Nightline" Wins 2Q15 in Total Viewers For Second Year in a Row, Leading in Four of the Last Five Quarters
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the second quarter of 2015.

[07/02/15 - 08:52 AM]
A+E Networks(R) Launches Lifetime(R) Movie Club(TM)
The subscription video service comes in time for the 25-year anniversary of Lifetime Movies and is available exclusively on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at launch.