“When a large meteor crashes into a quiet town, pet dogs become mysteriously aggressive, attacking and killing the residents.”
Yes, it’s Saturday night on Syfy. This latest original flick, “Night of the Wild,” is part of the network’s 8th annual “31 Days of Halloween” spook-a-thon with 600-plus hours of creepy programming now through Oct. 31.
The movie, which airs at 8 p.m., has some well-known stars in Rob Morrow (“Northern Exposure”), Kelly Rutherford (“Gossip Girl”) and Tristin Mays (“The Vampite Diairies”).
The New Orleans-shot movie also features several area actors, among them Shanna Marie Burris, Christin Rankins and Eric Ashton Spooner, all of Baton Rouge; New Orleanians Darrell Chumley and Carmen Tonry; Dalton Alfortish, of Luling; Charley Vance, of Amite; and Mary Risener, of Houma. Mays also was born in New Orleans.
Syfy is on cable Channel 59.
“American Graduate Day 2015” premieres 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on WLPB, Channel 27 (cable Channel 12).
Soledad O’Brien is host for the all-day broadcast, part of the annual multiplatform event component of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen. The program helps communities bolster graduation rates through the power and reach of local public media stations.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting is the only station in the country that will have two segments within the broadcast. In the first, Shauna Sanford (“Louisiana: The State We’re In”) interviews Dominique Ricks, a graduate of the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition about how the organization helped him secure a full-ride scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lucas Spielfogel, executive director of the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, joins the discussion during the hour highlighting “Caring Consistent Adults.”
In the second segment, the LSU College of Engineering’s XCITE Summer Camp for high school girls will be profiled in a five-minute piece airing during the “Science, Technology, Arts, Math (STEAM)” hour of the broadcast. The “EXploration Camp Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers” allows ninth through 11th-grade girls to participate in a week of hands-on engineering activities. The hope is to encourage enrollment in one of the university’s STEM degree programs.
Other hours cover the themes of “Early Education,” “More and Better Learning,” “Special Needs,” “Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement” and “Career Readiness and College Completion.”
Special guests during the day include Pres. George W. Bush, Gen. Colin Powell, Shaquille O’Neal, Jane Pauley, Jason Derulo and Billy Bob Thornton.
Check out the governors
With the vote for a new Louisiana governor approaching, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA) is highlighting the state’s governors throughout October.
Visitors to the site can see LPB’s coverage of gubernatorial debates, inaugurations, forums and addresses to the Legislature. Also look for interviews and other footage of Govs. Jimmie Davis, John McKeithen, Edwin Edwards, Dave Treen, Buddy Roemer, Mike Foster and Kathleen Blanco. A search for each individual governor offers even more videos.
Two documentaries, “Uncle Earl” and “A Century of Sunshine,” also will be available in their entirety for viewing on the LDMA website at ladigitalmedia.org.
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