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Calendar - Air Dates - CPTV's POSITIVELY CT features actress Joanne Woodward


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CPTV's POSITIVELY CT features actress Joanne WoodwardPremieres Wednesday, May 25 at 8:30 p.m. on CPTV
Salute a Stage Legend, Visit Horse Healers and Celebrate a Hero's Birthday With Diane Smith in an All-New Episode of Positively Connecticut™
(Repeats Sunday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 3 at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, June 5 at 1 p.m. and Monday, June 13 at 10:30 p.m.)

A special visit with actress Joanne Woodward, a celebration of Connecticut heroes, past, present and future, and a second chance for animals and people in an unlikely setting are among the new Positively Connecticut™ stories reported by Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Diane Smith. Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) premieres its newest edition of Positively Connecticut™ on Wednesday, May 25 at 8:30 p.m. Repeats are scheduled for Sunday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 3 at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, June 5 at 1 p.m. and Monday, June 13 at 10:30 p.m.

The new program features:
Joanne Woodward/Westport Country Playhouse - It's been one of her biggest roles… off-stage. Now, actress Joanne Woodward is ready to take her final bow as artistic director at the Westport Country Playhouse, but not before the landmark building's multi-million dollar facelift is unveiled. The curtain is about to go up on the theatre's 75th anniversary season. Be one of the first to see this newly renovated treasure as Woodward, a Connecticut resident, sits down for an intimate chat with Diane Smith. Actor Christopher Plummer, another resident of Connecticut, tells Diane why he's helping kick off the theater's new season.

Role Models- A Stratford man does it during the day… It's how a group of Enfield firefighters spend their lunch hours… A small army of men and women in Connecticut are sharing their time and talents to help ensure the success of children throughout the state - as mentors. Diane shows how adults who give even one hour a week can make a big difference in a child's life.

Second Chances - Everyone deserves a second chance. Diane visits two state correctional facilities in Niantic, Connecticut, where happy endings are being written. Get a rare glimpse inside the Second Chance Corral at the J. B. Gates Correctional Institution in Niantic, Conn., where inmates are helping restore abused and neglected horses back to health. Over at the York Correctional Institution, women are getting their own lives back on track while they help train dogs to assist people living with disabilities.

Scout's Honor - Meet Mickey Merola: a Super Senior and a Super Scout. Diane introduces viewers to the man who has given a lifetime of dedication that's Positively Connecticut.

Our Hero - There's a big celebration in the works for Connecticut's State Hero, who was born 250 years ago on June 6. Born in Coventry and educated at Yale University, Nathan Hale (1755-1776) bravely crossed enemy lines during the Revolutionary War to gather information on the British Army before being caught and hanged. He will forever be remembered for his final words. Visit Hale's home, learn about the life of this true American patriot and help celebrate the birth of a hero who hailed from Connecticut.

Positively Connecticut™ began as a series of features Diane Smith made famous during her 16 years as a news anchor and reporter at WTNH-TV8 (the ABC affiliate in New Haven). After leaving WTNH in 1999, Smith joined Ray Dunaway as co-host of the top-rated "Morning Show" on WTIC-AM News Talk 1080 and Positively Connecticut™ found a new home on CPTV.

The inspiring features from the show are the basis for Smith's books, which are available in bookstores throughout New England. Her newest book, Summer in Connecticut, A Positively Connecticut™ Book (The Globe Pequot Press, 2004), was released in June 2004. Smith is also the author of Positively Connecticut™ (The Globe Pequot Press, 1998), Absolutely Positively Connecticut (The Globe Pequot Press, 2000) and Christmas in Connecticut (Globe Pequot Press 2001).

Positively Connecticut™ is made possible through leadership funding from People's Bank with additional support from the Connecticut Development Authority.

"For over 150 years, we at People's Bank have always been committed to Connecticut," said John Klein, president, chairman and chief executive officer of People's Bank. "That's why we're delighted to help Diane Smith introduce us to so many of the interesting people and places that make Connecticut special."

"Positively Connecticut™ is the perfect way to renew your sense of pride in Connecticut," said Jerry Franklin, president of CPTV. "Diane has hand-picked a collection of special stories about heroes who have made the history books - as well as folks today who are quietly making our world a better place."

Smith, who earned an Emmy Award for her work at WTNH-TV8, has received two Emmy Award nominations for her Positively Connecticut™ series on CPTV.

Positively Connecticut™ is produced by Diane Smith. Michele Russo is associate producer. Jay Whitsett is executive producer.

Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including African Americans in Connecticut: From Civil War to Civil Rights and Connecticut & the Sea as well as Barney & Friends, Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends, and UConn Women's Basketball Games. Now in its 42nd year, CPTV remains committed to bringing the best in educational and entertaining programming and services to Connecticut and the nation. For more information on the station, log on to

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