KCET divides new programming lineup into themed blocks

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Theme nights are coming to KCET-TV.

The soon-to-be-former PBS station in Silver Lake revealed on Thursday a few more details of its programming plans as it prepares to exit the network and go independent on Jan. 1.

The biggest news? The station is dividing each night into themed blocks covering such areas as movies, drama and science.

In a statement, executive vice president Mary Mazur said the new lineup “reflects our commitment to provide a mix of programming designed to enlighten and entertain.”

Sunday nights will be devoted to Hollywood and movies, with “First Works,” about how noted directors approach their craft, and “Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies,” a film-reviewing program overseen by the legendary critic. The Sunday movie series hosted by Sam Rubin will round out the night.


Monday’s action and travel block includes the British spy drama “MI5" plus three documentary shows: “Globe Trekker,” “Rick Steves’ Europe” and “Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions.”

Tuesday is a science night highlighted by the Canadian series “The Nature of Things” hosted by David Suzuki, plus unspecified documentaries.

Drama fills out the schedule on Wednesdays, with two British crime shows, “Hustle” and “Prime Suspect.” Capping the night will be “The Write Environment,” featuring interviews with screenwriters.

Thursdays are a grab-bag, with “SoCal Connected,” the station’s acclaimed public-affairs show, anchoring the night. The British series “Doc Martin” and a new documentary offering, “The Aviators,” are also included.

Fridays are devoted to news programming.

Weekday mornings, KCET will continue airing kids’ programming, including two offerings from the Jim Henson Co., “Construction Site” and “The Wubulous World of Dr. Seuss.”

-- Scott Collins Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT