The Dowager Countess sits at a table on the lawn of Downton Abbey.

Credit: Courtesy of MASTERPIECE

TV Worth Blogging - April 02, 2015

The Legacy of Downton Abbey

Next year, the doors of Downton Abbey will close for good. But we've all been left an inheritance!

BBC One Sunday night program listings.


TV Worth Blogging - March 19, 2015

Sundays Will Be Timey-Wimey

The good news is that PBS has heard your concerns about editing British dramas to fit neatly into an hour. That's also the bad news.

The cast of The Good Neighbors poses for the camera.


TV Worth Blogging - March 05, 2015

The History of Britcoms on WILL-TV (Part Two)

Earlier this month, I set the WABAC Machine to the mid '70s and the introduction of British TV comedy to WILL-TV. In this installment, we'll trade Mr. Peabody's trusty time machine for a DeLorean as we go back to the '80s!

John Cleese behind a hotel desk, with a stuffed moose head nearby.


TV Worth Blogging - February 19, 2015

The History of Britcoms on WILL-TV (Part One)

As we approach our 16th annual Great Britcom Vote event on Saturday, March 7, I’m digging into our archives to suss out the early history of British comedy on WILL-TV. Which such series was the first to air in Central Illinois?

Foyle flanked by two gas-masked soldiers, pointing rifles at him.

Credit: Courtesy of Bernard Walsh/Eleventh Hour/ITV for MASTERPIECE

TV Worth Blogging - February 05, 2015

This Acorn Falls a Little Bit Further from the Tree

It seems as if everyone wants to be a TV network these days. In the past two years, popular web-based content distributors such as Netflix, Amazon and Yahoo have become content producers as well, with original TV series such as House of Cards and Transparent. Then there’s Acorn Media, a DVD distributor that has become both an entertainment portal and now a production company. Whether or not this acorn grows into an towering oak, it’s already having an impact on what you see on WILL-TV.

Adam Winfield is seen with his parents during a meeting with the family's defense attorney at Ft Lewis.

Courtesy of Dan Krauss

TV Worth Blogging - January 23, 2015

Public TV Challenged by Indie Filmmakers

An impassioned conversation has been taking place between filmmakers and public television officials over the treatment of independent films in the national PBS schedule. In my view, it’s one that speaks to the soul of our shared enterprise as broadcasters operating in the public interest.

Alan J.W. Bell and Ken Kitson pose with WILL staffers David Thiel and Danda Beard.

Photo: David Thiel

TV Worth Blogging - October 17, 2014

Another Glass of Summer Wine?

Producer Alan J.W. Bell hopes that you haven't seen the last of the British comedy classic.

Sean and Martin pose for the camera, wearing the same woolen hat stretched across both of the heads.

TV Worth Blogging - October 10, 2014

Moone Over Ireland

Moone Boy comes to WILL-TV in November.

Paula Gray Havlik sits with David Thiel, who is dressed in a furry blue monster suit, on a replica of the Sesame Street steps.

TV Worth Blogging - April 21, 2014

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Sharing memories on the occasion of my silver anniversary at WILL.

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