In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), the Texas cable industry and national cable programmers will proudly highlight the contributions of the Hispanic and Latino population of our great state and country. Following is some of the special programming to commemorate the month. Note: programs and times subject to change; check your local listings.
2013 National Council of La Raza American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards – Televised live for the first time since its inception in 1995, the ALMA Awards celebrate the contributions of Latinos in the entertainment industry with a look back at this year’s outstanding achievements; tributes to career excellence, outstanding causes and philanthropy; and inspiring music performances and acts. The barrier-breaking awards show is the only nationally televised prime-time English-language program celebrating Latino contributions to entertainment and media. Sept. 27, 9 p.m. The live broadcast will be followed by complementary programming on MSNBC, mun2 and digital platforms including mun2.tv and Telemundo.com.
Following the ALMA Awards – Live broadcast of a one-hour news discussion on issues affecting the Latino community. MSNBC’s Alex Wagner will host the conversation about topics such as the rise of the Latino electorate, immigration reform, education and Latino images in the media. NCLR’s Janet Murguía and MSNBC contributor Maria Teresa Kumar will be among the guests throughout the hour. Sept. 27, 10 p.m.
Disney Channel and Disney XD celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month beginning September 15 with viewers sharing unique aspects of their culture, in a new installment of the original interstitial series, “This Is Me.” Filmed at the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, the Disney Channel interstitials feature kids expressing their thoughts on their heroes, families and passions, and what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them. The Disney XD interstitial features a 14-year-old bike enthusiast discussing his passion for customizing bikes, inspired by previous generations in his family and their love for mechanics and engineering. Check local listings for dates/times.
Discovery Kids en Español will be taking an historical approach to Hispanic Heritage Month, airing a series of short programs that feature the lives of four Latin American heroes that fought for freedom in some of our countries: General Simon Bolivar, Benito Juarez, Francisco de Paula Santander, and Jose Marti. The whole family can learn a little more about the lives of these four heroes when the series airs. Check local listings for dates/times.
Columbus: The Lost Voyage – The story of one of the most famous men in history, the discoverer of America. Sept. 21, 9 a.m./2 p.m.
Cities of the Underworld: Maya Underground – Visit the center of Mayan civilization, where hundreds of ruins scatter the landscape and reveal clues to bloody rituals, advanced architecture and belief in an unforgiving underworld of Mayan gods. Sept. 22, 10 a.m.
Countdown to Apocalypse: Maya Messengers – Dec. 21, 2012: a prophetic date delivered in stone by the ancient Maya. Revered by scientists for their extremely accurate calendars, the Maya are also known for their mysterious ability to predict unsettling events so many took this December date seriously. Sept. 24, 7 p.m./11 p.m.
Historia Secreta – This series presents documentaries on a variety of Latin American cities that feature historians and prominent local figures who shed some light on the lesser-known histories of their town, revealing the often shocking events that played a fundamental role in the community’s development. Episodes include:
- Historia Secreta: Cordoba – Sept. 16, 7 p.m.
- Historia Secreta: La Itabana – Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
- Historia Secreta: Medillin – Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
- Historia Secreta: Santiago – Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
The Mexican-American War – The North American conflict from its beginning as a border war between Texas and Mexico to its end by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Sept. 21, 9 a.m.
La Historia No Contada de Mexico – This documentary series hosted by famed author Paco Taibo will get a little more familiar with topics in the history of Mexico, revealing surprising details that viewers may not know. Episodes include:
- La Historia No Contada de Mexico: Los Dos Muertes de Escudero – Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
- La Historia No Contada de Mexico: El Muro y El Machete – Sept. 24, 7 p.m.
- La Historia No Contada de Mexico: A la Basquedin del Padre de la Patria – Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
- La Historia No Contada de Mexico: Le Republica Errante – Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
Deep Sea Detectives Treasure Hunt: Search for the Atocha – In the 1970s, Mel Fisher became obsessed with locating and excavating the Spanish galleon “Nuestra Senora de la Atocha” that had gone down off the Florida Keys in 1622 while carrying over 47 tons of treasure. After 16 years searching for the elusive ship, in 1985, he finally located the mother lode — $400 million worth of gold and silver. This show joins Mel Fisher’s family as they continue his search for the $200 million that remains somewhere in the Atlantic. Sept. 24, 5 p.m.
Digging for the Truth: Passage to the Maya Underworld – The Maya of Central America were the greatest pyramid builders of the ancient world, building thousands. But what was the significance of these towering structures? Determined to solve the meaning of the Maya pyramids, host and explorer Josh Bernstein sets out on a remarkable journey that takes him from the great Maya cities of Southern Mexico to the hinterland of Guatemala. Sept. 28, 5 p.m.
Ancient Aliens: Secrets of the Pyramids – For thousands of years, pyramids were the largest structures on Earth. The best known were constructed in Egypt and Central America, but others have been found all around the world. What purpose did the pyramids serve? Researchers explore strange similarities between all pyramids, as well as the geographic, strategic and otherworldly connections between these mysterious monumental structures. Sept. 30, 7 p.m.
Ancient Aliens: Beyond Nazca – The Nazca Lines are hundreds of gigantic lines, some in the shape of animals, geometric patterns and even an alien-like being, which extend for miles throughout a remote Peruvian desert. Scholars are divided as to who built them, and why. Could Nazca have been a mining operation for advanced beings in the distant past? Sept. 30, 10 p.m.
HISTORY Classroom airs on HISTORY each Monday as a one-hour commercial-free programming block.
The Mexican American War, Part 1 – The lead-in to this great North American conflict from its beginning as a border war between Texas and Mexico. Sept. 30, 5 a.m.
The Mexican American War, Part 2 – The conclusion of the two-part show follows Winfield Scott’s troops invasion of Mexico, overpowering Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and eventually culminating in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Oct. 7, 5 a.m.
Engineering an Empire: The Aztecs – At the height of its glory, this mysterious civilization ruled a territory of 125,000 square miles across parts of Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize. What began as a modest population of hunters and gatherers expanded into more than 40 flourishing city-states who engineered sky-high temple-pyramids, ornate palaces and advanced hydraulic systems. Where did they come from and what catastrophes caused the collapse of this innovative civilization, the last indigenous society? Oct. 14, 5 a.m.
Hecho en America – The English-language news special continues the networks showcase of the personal success stories of Latinos who are changing politics, culture and business in the U.S. From actress Jessica Alba, Senator Marco Rubio, Girls Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez,comedian George Lopez, boxer Marlene Esparza, The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) President & CEO Janet Murguía, Chef Jose Garces to recording artist Christina Aguilera, this first person, intimate account of Latinos who are breaking down barriers features over two dozen Hispanic leaders in their own chosen field. Premiering as part of the network’s Hispanic Heritage month programming and presented in tandem with the NCLR’s ALMA awards, the series takes a cue from the motto of the new Latino movement – “50 million strong, making it in America.” “Hecho en America” celebrates and allows the inspiring journey of Latinos achieving the American Dream to be told by those changing it.
“Hecho” presents testimonials from the participants on their life journey, from their dream to attaining it. Highlighting how each person communicated through differences, influence youth/young adults, personal formulas for success and public service as well as personal history, it paints a picture of a vibrant and diverse group of Hispanic leaders and influencers.
Prominent figures sharing their inspiring journey and how they are making a difference in their community on a daily basis are: Film Producer Elizabeth Avellan; President, Dream Act Coalition, Arizona, Dulce Matuz; Singer Ceci Bastida; musical group Ozomatli; Singer/Actress Christina Aguilera; Actress/Business woman Jessica Alba; Comedian George Lopez; Comedian Al Madrigal; CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA, Anna Maria Chavez; Chef Jose Garces; NCLR President & CEO Janet Murguia; Senator Marco Rubio; Senator Robert Menendez; Singer Becky G; Artist/Activist Favianna Rodriguez; Artist/Activist, Julio Salgado; Fashion Designer, Rolando Santana; Television Personality Ana Maria Polo; Latin alternative music artists Raul y Mexia; and Boxer Marlene Esparza.
“Hecho” is the latest news special for mun2, which has won awards including the Peabody award for “mun2 News Special: For My Country? Latinos in the Military” in 2007. Sept. 28, 3 p.m.
2013 NCLR ALMA Awards All Access Red Carpet Special – This one-hour ALMA Awards preshow featuring performers, presenters, hosts and honorees on the red carpet will be immediately followed by mun2 rebroadcasts of the 2013 NCLR ALMA Awards. Oct. 5, 3 p.m.
26th Hispanic Heritage Awards – Actress Eva Longoria, chef Jose Andres and actor and director Diego Luna are among those who received the 26th Hispanic Heritage Awards. Other winners include: musical group Los Tigres Del Norte; superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Alberto Carvalho; Voto Latino President Maria Teresa Kumar; actress and singer Lucero; and race car driver Juan Pablo Montoya. The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month. The Awards were presented Sept. 5 during a ceremony at Washington’s Kennedy Center, but the ceremony will be broadcast on Sept. 15. Sept. 15 (Check local listings).
Latino Americans – Actor Benjamin Bratt narrates this landmark six-hour series, the first major television documentary series to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become the country’s largest minority group. Tuesdays, Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m. (Check local listings).
- “Strangers in Their Own Land” (covering the years 1565-1880)
- “Empire of Dreams” (1880-1942)
- “War and Peace” (1942-1954),
- “The New Latinos” (1946-1965)
- “Pride and Prejudice” (1965-1980)
- “Peril and Promise” (1980-2010).
Sesame Street – On TV’s most famous street, the Muppets celebrate Spanish language and culture. “Latino Festival” opens Sesame Street’s 44th season. Sept. 19 (Check local listings).
Genealogy Roadshow – New series features the fascinating stories of a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey that uses history and science to verify family lore. For example, a Hispanic woman in Austin wants to learn whether she has a connection to the “Daughters of the Republic of Texas.” The programs feature participants who have unique claims and storylines, with each individual’s past linking revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America. Premieres Sept. 23, 8 p.m. (Check local listings).
Austin City Limits – The show will showcase the best in Latin music when Colombian superstar Juanes and Mexico City’s Jesse & Joy lead off the series’ 39th season. Juanes presents a high-energy set of his best, while sibling duo Jesse & Joy perform a selection of their greatest hits. Oct. 5, 8 p.m. (Check local listings). Available online starting Oct. 6.
2013 Imagen Awards: PBS nominees for the 2013 Imagen Awards, which recognize positive portrayals of Latinos in entertainment media, included “Voces on PBS: Tales of Masked Men” and “Mariachi High.” “POV: Sin Pais,” part of the 2013 PBS Online Film Festival, won in the Best Theatrical Short or Student Film category.
Encore Broadcasts: In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, PBS will offer encore broadcasts of “Voces on PBS” and “Mariachi High,” along with “In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina,” “Independent Lens: The Longoria Affair” and “John Leguizamo’s Tales from a Ghetto Klown.” Check local listings.
Online: PBS’ celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month extends beyond the broadcast and onto pbs.org. The PBS video player — where viewers can watch hours of free PBS programming online and on their own time — will feature a special collection of new and PBS archive programs honoring Latino culture.