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May 19, 2011 09:10 AM

kimchi chronicles - new PBS series

Jean-Georges Vongerichten's wife is hosting a new PBS documentary series featuring Korean cuisine. I'm so excited but don't know when/if it's going to air in Canada...anybody know??

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  1. WNED isn't listing it so far, though the station is pretty strapped now for program funding. The show's been a long time coming. A preview here:

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        i live 10 miles north of Seattle, Wa. Huge Asian/Korean population here. i called KCTS and was told the show is not planned to air. Too expensive to chance a poor showing. FYI, i was told that PBS charges local stations for shows based on need. thus, the larger the viewership, the more a local station will have to pay, giving smaller stations a chance to acquire desirable programming. that is why Spain did not air in the market until several months later, and then, at 11 pm. hmm.

        1. re: ritabwh

          Oh yea,this looks like a very cool show! Any info on who does the background soundtrack in the NYT's preview?

          1. re: petek

            I think it's a group called Sorea... (I get the name in concept, but some things just get lost in translation...)


            Hope this is what you're looking for.

            1. re: inaplasticcup

              Thanks inaplasiccup! Definitely the same group,but not the same song.
              Sorea=Sounds of Korea.I'll have to scour the Internet to find that particular song

              Cheers :)

          2. re: ritabwh

            KBTC Tacoma has it scheduled for this afternoon (Sat July 30). Both PBS stations are available on cable in my area.

            1. re: paulj

              darn, i was out of town this past weekend, so i didn't see your post until today. i shall have to check for next saturday. thank you.
              strange, i have my settings for email notification if there is a reply to a post of mine, but i have yet to receive any such notice.

              1. re: ritabwh

                i looked for 1 week schedule that included this coming saturday on KBTC, and didn't see the show listed. i'm on comcast and KBCT is channel 12.

                1. re: ritabwh

                  Looks like next Saturday is a fund raising day, so 'specials' are preempting regular programming like this. Still it is possible that last Saturday was a one time offering, to test the waters.

                  Since KBTCs audience overlaps KCTS's, they tend to play shows a week later, or shows that KCTS isn't interested in. Half a year from now, CreateTV might start showing the Chronicles.

                  Doing a search of KC, I find 2 half hour segments listed for Thur Aug 18 and 25 at 10:30 am???

                  1. re: paulj

                    paul, this is so strange, as i cannot see any of the times you are showing on your schedules. but! i did a search on the KCTS 9 seattle/yakima and this is what i got. what an incredibly complicated situation. thanks for all your help!

                    The Kimchi Chronicles Begin
                    9/27/2011 5:00 am KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    9/27/2011 11:00 am KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    9/27/2011 5:00 pm KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    9/27/2011 11:00 pm KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    The Rice Chronicles
                    9/29/2011 5:00 am KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    9/29/2011 11:00 am KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    9/29/2011 5:00 pm KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    9/29/2011 11:00 pm KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more

                    1. re: ritabwh

                      CreateTV is listing the first 2 episodes, which will start showing at the end of September. On a given day they a show a 2 hour block of cooking programs (4x per day).

                      Looks like I saw the rice episode. I suspect others were criticizing the first.


        2. I don't know if PBS series get offered to Canadian outlets or not. Has Batali's Spain road trip shown in Canada. Evidently from fundraising comments on the Seattle PBS station, it has viewers in Canada, possibly by way of cable. That may also be true in the Toronto area.

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          1. re: paulj

            Thanks to the wonders of satellite,I get both PBS east and west so hopefully I'll get to see it eventually.

          2. This show may have a special / non-exclusive distribution deal.

            In SoCal it is appearing on KLCS and KCET in the next few days. Interestingly, the latter is no longer a PBS outlet.

            1. Seems like this series is also being aired on Maryland Public Television, MPT 1 & 2.

              1. In Montreal, we're getting it on one of the American PBS channels from Vermont, WETK. Well, I'm getting it today, anyway (Saturday at 1:30). Not sure if it's a regular thing.