Local PBS SoCaL Programs for January

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Emily Blunt and Jennifer Aniston
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Ring in the New Year with a resolution to watch these locally originated and produced programs, presented by PBS SoCaL!


Here’s your chance to catch the stars of some of your favorite movies as they compare notes with their peers in “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors”. The series is hosted by Variety Magazine Deputy Awards and Features Editor Jenelle Riley. Settle in for a big evening on PBS SoCaL Sunday, January 4, as we run the series back-to-back… just before the season five premiere of Downton Abbey!

Episode One at 4pm

Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch from "The Imitation Game" and Edward Norton of "Birdman", Jake Gyllenhaal from "Nightcrawler" and Patricia Arquette from "Boyhood", Hilary Swank from "The Homesman" and Tilda Swinton from "The Grand Budapest Hotel", and Oscar Isaac of "A Most Violent Year" and Gugu Mbatha-Raw from "Belle".  

Episode 2 at 5pm

Featuring Mark Ruffalo from "Foxcatcher" and Jessica Chastain from "Interstellar", Eddie Redmayne from "The Theory of Everything" and Laura Dern from "Wild", Josh Brolin from "Inherent Vice" and J.K. Simmons of "Whiplash", and Kevin Costner from "Black and White" and James Corden from "Into the Woods".  

Episode 3 at 6pm

Featuring Reese Witherspoon from "Wild" and Michael Keaton from "Birdman", Keira Knightley from "The Imitation Game" and Ethan Hawke from "Boyhood", David Oyelowo of "Selma" and Jack O’Connell from "Unbroken", and Jenny Slate from "Obvious Child" and Felicity Jones from "The Theory of Everything".  

And the premiere of Episode 4 airs at 7pm

Featuring Christoph Waltz from "Big Eyes" and Ralph Fiennes of "The Grand Budapest Hotel", Jennifer Aniston from "Cake" and Emily Blunt from "Into the Woods, Marion Cotillard from "Two Days, One Night" and Timothy Spall from "Mr. Turner", and Chadwick Boseman from "Get on Up" and Logan Lerman from "Fury".  

More on the series can be found on our website  http://www.pbssocal.org/tv/variety/              


Mia, a dancer’s journey

A daughter’s promise to tell her mother’s story, the life of celebrated ballerina Mia Slavenska, becomes a moving reflection on historical memory, national identity, and the power of dance. Slavenska was an expatriated artist who was Croatia’s greatest dancer and then, as part of a handful of dancers, changed the face of American culture bringing ballet to every corner of the nation. Mia’s story steps into the spotlight Thursday, January 29 at 9pm.

More on the program can be found on our website http://www.pbssocal.org/tv/mia/ 


Join us next month for more programs you are sure to love!