Highlights of some of the great cable programming and initiatives happening in March are below.
Women’s History Month
March is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society in the United States. Women’s History Month, observed annually in March since 1987, grew out of a small small-town school event in California.
A sampling of cable programming dedicated to recognizing Women’s History Month includes:
History’s website features a variety of material on Women’s History month, including short video clips, photos, speeches, lesson plans and activities. Click here to view videos about First Ladies, women in the military, African-American women and many more topics relevant to Women’s History Month.
Epix will air “The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem,” a series of six original short films that explores the issues around the current gender gap in Hollywood. The docuseries will premiere on International Women’s Day, March 8, and run throughout March. The series is informed by research that found only 4.1 of the directors of the 1,300 top-grossing films from 2002 to 2014 were female.
Centric celebrates Women’s History Month with it’s “aspirational vignette” series “16 for 16,” which highlights 16 women doing big things in 2016.
PBS’ American Masters series will premiere “Still a Mountain Girl,” a documentary exploring the life of Loretta Lynn on March 4, the same day that Lynn will release her new album “Full Circle,” her first studio album in more than 10 years.
In an election year that started with a record number of presidential candidates, Americans have watched campaign coverage through a record amount of choices, from apps to social media to TV Everywhere. Never before have we had such access to political events, largely thanks to cable programmers.
Among those covering Election 2016 from coast-to-coast is C-SPAN, which has been covering politics for 35 years like no other cable entity. C-SPAN – created and funded by the cable industry – abstains from commentary and airs full-length, unobstructed, pundit-free political programming from the campaign trail.
The National Cable and Telecommunications Association recently went behind-the-scenes to examine C-SPAN’s election coverage operations, and also sat down with Co-President and Co-CEO Susan Swain to learn the challenges and rewards that come with covering events in full during election season, as well as why America’s voters still need this type of coverage in the 21st century.
In addition, C-SPAN’s online digital archive offers more than 200,000 hours of historic content with everything from hearings to presidential debates.
March Madness – the annual college basketball tournament that many consider to be the most compelling and greatest sporting event on earth – kicks off with Selection Sunday on March 13. On this day, the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball committees will announce which teams have made the field for that year’s basketball championships. For the sixth consecutive year, CBS Sports and Turner Sports provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – and via NCAA March Madness Live. This year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, April 2, will be televised on TBS, along with the National Championship on Monday, April 4, marking the first time the title game will air on cable television in the 78-year history of the NCAA Tournament. Learn more.
Astros fans can catch all the Houston Astros spring training game action only on Root Sports. Broadcasts start March 4 with the 1:05 game between the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals, followed by nine additional games throughout March and April. Don’t miss Astros Pre and Postgame Live 30 minutes before and after every game with inside analysis and behind the scenes footage you won’t get anywhere else. Root Sports is the TV home for the Astros and Rockets. Click here for channel locations.
Other Programming Highlights:
“Carter’s W.A.R.” is the untold story of one man’s quest to save his homeland — the world’s most wild continent. Africa is dying. From heavily armed hoards of poachers butchering elephants for their tusks and rhinos for their horns, to Africa’s exploding human population pushing into conflict with dangerous animals, one man in the middle risks his own life to expose the truth and make a difference. Watch as wildlife detective professional hunter Ivan Carter takes you inside the real Africa to the front lines of the wars being waged with its wildlife. Can Carter’s quest to save Africa succeed? Tune in to Carters W.A.R to find out. Learn more.
In INSP’s new original series, “Handcrafted America,” host Jill Wagner travels the country to seek out talented artisans who continue to make products the traditional way – with their own two hands. In every half-hour episode, Wagner meets three gifted craftsmen and gets a behind-the-scenes look at how their products are created. Along the way, viewers learn about the history and cultural heritage that inspire and influence the design of their handcrafted products. Episodes featuring three Texas artisans will air March 1, 15 and 22. The series will premiere at 7 p.m. CST on March 1, and a new episode will run every Tuesday at 7 p.m. CST through mid May. Learn more.
Pokerography (Mondays at 9pm ET)
In-depth biography series takes a personal look into the lives of some of the game’s most famous and gifted players. Each episode reveals the real world of these larger-than-life personalities, combining their personal stories, told in their own words, with the tales of family, friends and rivals. Professional players portrayed in the first 10-part season include: Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Michael Mizrachi, Chris Moneymaker, Erik Seidel, Vanessa Selbst, Jennifer Harman, Mike Sexton and Jason Somerville. More.
Inside Poker with Matt Savage (Mondays at 9:30pm ET)
Pro player, tournament director and poker ambassador, Matt Savage takes viewers into all aspects of the game each week, one on one. Meet top poker professionals and personalities, visit the hottest poker rooms and learn the details on the poker world’s top events. Gain insight for your game and enjoy this exclusive look at the game of poker. More.
Super High Roller Cash Game (Wednesdays at 9 and 10pm ET)
The three-day 2015 Super High Roller Cash Game from the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada features poker pros from all walks of life – young guns, seasoned vets and old school card players. Each of these masters of the felt are ponying up a minimum of $250,000 cash (and some much, much more) to compete in the premier cash game event of Poker Central’s Super High Roller Series. There are a total of 33 World Series of Poker tournament bracelets among the first to sidle up to the table, including Johnny Chan, Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Bob Bright, Jennifer Tilly, Antonio Esfandiari, Jean-Robert Bellande and “Aussie” Matt Kirk. And that’s just Day 1. With unlimited re-buys, there’s enough action, egos, bluffs, table talk, pressure-packed moments and huge pots to make this 14 episode cash game a can’t miss event! More.
Premiere League Poker (Mon-Fri, 8pm ET & Saturdays at 9 and 10pm ET)
With each season, 16 of the best players in the world compete in a unique league format. With a $125,000 buy in, there is a whopping $2,000,000 prize pool, with $450,000 going to the winner. The 16 players are split into two groups of eight and each player plays four times. There is a ‘points awarded’ system based on finishing positions and at the end of the league matches the top three in each group automatically progress through to the final round. The next four will battle it out in heads-up matches for the remaining two final table spots. With the best in the game taking on the best, a Premiere League Poker title is one of the most prestigious in televised poker. More.
Women’s World Open (Tuesdays at 9 and 10pm ET)
This ladies-only poker tournament features some of the world’s most famous female players. Hosted by Jesse May and actress Shannon Elizabeth, poker-playing celebrities take to the table in a bid to win a seat in the Women’s World Open tournament. Follow the fierce action from qualifying heats to the final table. The host of the European Poker Tour, Kara Scott is an aggressive poker player who’ll look to make herself the table captain. Snooker Referee Michaela Tabb is used to playing poker with the likes of Steve Davis and Matthew Stevens on the snooker circuit, and Lisa Marie Long. Jo Salley has been taught poker by her boyfriend Matt Dawson, and radio DJ Sam Mann has taken part in several celebrity poker events. Probably the most experienced on the table is Leilani Dowding. With several years of table experience under her belt, Dowding is on the verge of getting her first big result as she has played in numerous World Series of Poker events and qualifiers for major televised tournaments. More.
Cable in the Community:
Comcast Houston Region sponsored the League of United Latin American Citizens Council 402’s celebration of National LULAC week on Feb. 17 in downtown Houston. Comcast also was recognized as a valuable partner to the organization. Elected officials in attendance included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Council Member Robert Gallegos and newly appointed Director of Education Juliet Stipeche.
Melinda Little, director of government affairs, Comcast Houston Region; Council Member Robert Gallegos; Mayor Sylvester Turner; City of Houston Director of Education Juliet Stipeche; and Ray Purser, vice president of external affairs, Comcast Houston Region.