CPTV’s All Things Connecticut Returns with a New Season, New Episodes and a New Host!

Release Date: 03/18/2010

Premieres Thursday, March 25 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); Encore broadcast Saturday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m.

 
All Things Connecticut (ATC) returns this spring with an all-new season of shows displaying interesting people and places in the state. CPTV’s weekly “tour de force” magazine-style series will have viewers seeing the Nutmeg state in ways they never imagined. The series features segments on the latest technology, offers insights into some of Connecticut’s best food joints, and introduces some local characters that are living out their dreams. In addition the new “Treasure Hunt” segment will have viewers wondering what values are lurking in their basements. The second season premieres Thursday, March 25 at 8 p.m. on CPTV (with an encore broadcast on Saturday, March 27th at 5:30 p.m.)
 
Jason Hawkins – known to many viewers as the vivacious host of CPTV’s Eating CT – is now the new host of All Things Connecticut. In the first episode of All Things Connecticut the theme is “Down Under,” examining landmarks and state resources that are “earth bound”.
 
Hawkins hosts the show from Newgate Prison in East Granby, Connecticut. Newgate became the first prison in Connecticut in 1773 after tunnels were left behind by miners burrowing deep underground for copper. Diane Smith returns to host her trademark “Positively Connecticut” segment, highlighting New Haven’s historic Center Church famous for its underground crypt housing ancient gravestones dating back to 1687. Go on a “Treasure Hunt” with a new addition to the ATC team, Brian Smith. He meets Burton Despard and looks at some of the fascinating antiques he’s unearthed over his lifetime as a local antique collector. Ed Wierzbicki returns with the “Spotlight on the Arts” segment profiling the Judy Dworin Performance Project – a collaborative performance group based on movement and dance that brings a sense of social responsibility to its performances. Christina DeFranco sets out again to help viewers go green in “Treading Lightly.” This week DeFranco reveals the important and surprising role that horseshoe crabs play in the pharmaceutical industry. Finally Hawkins introduces a new segment called “Where’s Jason?” He will be reporting from “mystery locations” throughout the state and viewers can tune in for clues to which Connecticut location Jason is visiting, and write in with their guesses.
 
Also show segments in season two feature Eric Clemons. His segment “Inside Out” will detail recreational activities across the state. In addition the “Capturing Connecticut” segment will highlight visual essays on the state’s most distinctive natural and man-made landscapes. 
 
All Things Connecticut is made possible with support from People’s United Bank and Thomas Hooker Brewing Company’s new Munich-Style Lager. All Things Connecticut’s Where's Jason? segment is made possible by Thomas Hooker Brewing Company’s new Munich-Style Lager.
 
For more information about All Things Connecticut visit www.cptv.org, keywords: All Things Connecticut.
 
Director/Executive Producer: Jennifer Boyd
Producer/Editor: Cathy Jackman
 
About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including
UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has
built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching
  
50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) also includes WNPR. WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live hosted by John Dankosky. Overall the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org. 
 
 
 
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