The Real Desert launches tonight on KVCR PBS TV
09/16/2013 10:41AM ● Published by Steve
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CV Studios Entertainment, producer, CCO, Leanna Bonamici and CEO, Carole Sumner Krechman, announce the launch of “The Real Desert, with Steve Brown,” to air, Monday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. on PBS/KVCR TV across Southern California in five counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside.
The Real Desert will reveal the character - and characters - of the Southwest in states from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Texas – even the deserts of eastern Oregon and Washington, and possibly parts of Mexico, as well as dozens of Native American nations across the region.
“The Real Desert is a travel show like no other and we are happy to be in the prime time slot on PBS/KVCR TV on Monday nights,” Bonamici said. “In our first episode viewers will see interesting facets of life at the Oasis of Mara, its folklore, vistas, natural history, ecology, music, dining and accommodations. The show focuses a lot on the natural beauty, attractions, cultures, and people that make the Southwest such a rich and colorful region to explore.”
“The Real Desert, with Steve Brown, is CV Studios Entertainments’ second Show on PBS/KVCR TV, Bonamici noted. “Our first, Shorts Showcase, has aired for the past two years.”
The Sun Runner has collaborated on The Real Desert as Brown is not only the show's host, writer, and co-producer, but also the publisher and editor for the magazine. The magazine is expanding its editorial coverage to include the entirety of the Southwest as it heads into its 20th year of publishing to complement and support the show. The magazine begins its 20th year with The Best of the Southwest: 2014 Desert Travel Issue that will be distributed at the magazine's booth at the LA Travel & Adventure Show in February, 2014.
"We're blessed with a region that is naturally beautiful, and is filled with a wealth of cultures and a long and rich history," Brown said. "The show's not about me - I'm just the guy who is taking you around and introducing you to my favorite people, places, and stories across the Southwest. There are so many great people and places with lots of fascinating stories to tell that viewers are going to have to be patient while we get to them all.
"I'd like to add that we've expanded upon the usual definition of the Southwest to include the deserts and surrounding areas from California and eastern Oregon and Washington, to western Texas, and elsewhere. And we very much want to work with the dozens of Indian nations across the region," Brown added. "If this show was based in Arizona or New Mexico, there's a good chance a lot of this territory wouldn't be included, but the region we cover shares historical, natural, and cultural commonalities. I think viewers will enjoy exploring it with us."
Initial shows include topics such as life at the Oasis of Mara, a visit with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the first people of Palm Springs, a visit to the London Bridge and Lake Havasu, and a visit to the creative community of Borrego Springs inside Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
KVCR reaches 5.7 million households including all of Los Angeles and Orange counties, nearly all of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, northern San Diego County, and southern Ventura County. After shows air on KVCR PBS they, and additional content from The Real Desert, will be available online. Sun Runner readers will be able to access all content from this website.