Today, NET TV unveiled its fall lineup that launches with the premiere of an all-new season of Breaking Bread on September 10th. Highlights include the second season of Portraits of Faith, featuring the Sandy Ground Project, a group of firefighters and police officers who built parks and playgrounds in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre; the premiere of the new program Classic with Dan Roebuck, featuring 36 episodes and a variety of guests; returning favorites include Ask the Doctor, Dios Nunca Duerme, In the Arena, and Too Blessed to be Stressed.
This season Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello, a professionally trained chef-turned-priest, returns as host of Breaking Bread. Along with new co-hosts, he cooks up food for the soul in local restaurants across some of the most culturally rich and diverse neighborhoods in New York City. Featured kitchens are Benchmark, Park Slope; Brooklyn Farmacy, Cobble Hill; Damascus Bread Factory, Downtown Brooklyn; Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Coney Island; HahmJi Bach, Flushing; L’albero dei Gelati, Park Slope; Mama Rao’s, Dyker Heights; Uncle Louie G Ice Factory, Staten Island; Yiasou, Sheepshead Bay; and Zum Stammtisch, Glendale. Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.
Fall also marks the return of the popular series Portraits of Faith on September 25th, hosted by Terry Donnellan. The season premiere explores the story of the “Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play” and the construction of 26 playgrounds in the tri-state area. Bill Lavin, founder of “Where Angels Play” foundation, and president of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, led the effort to honor and provide lasting and living memorials to the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
The new season also features interviews with the American-Brazilian filmmaker couple Vincent and Cristina Biscione; Colin Broderick, an author from Northern Ireland who has written the memoirs “That’s That” and “Orangutan”; Eamon Loingsigh, author of “Light of the Diddicoy,” a novel about Irish gangs on the Brooklyn waterfront in the early 1900s; and Kerry Weber, author of “Mercy in the City” and managing editor at America magazine. Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.
Every Sunday starting September 14th, Classic will take on the screen with Dan Roebuck. Some highlights of the season include the adaptation of Howard Hawks’ play The Front Page in the movie “His Girl Friday,” reviewed with Father John Cush. Other titles include: “The Most Dangerous Game,” an adaptation of Richard Connell’s short story of the same title, reviewed by Monsignor Kieran Harrington; “Hill Number One,” a respectful interpretation of what might have happened among Jesus’ followers in the three days before Crucifixion, featuring James Dean in his first movie role and reviewed with Paul Morisi; “He Walked By Night,” a film based on real accounts and police reports about a ruthless burglar and cop killer who terrorizes Los Angeles and reviewed with Father Jim Cunningham; “Rescue From Gilligan’s Island,” a two-part comedy where the cast of Gilligan’s Island finally make it off the island, reviewed with Monsignor Jamie; and “They Made Me A Criminal,” a classic crime-drama about a boxer who is framed for murder, reviewed with Monsignor Cassato. Sundays at 3 p.m. ET.
The televised radio talk show In the Arena returns on September 21st for its third season, with moderator and host Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn, and former political strategist. The weekly series explores the latest news, current events, political topics, and social opinions from a Catholic cultural perspective. Sundays at 8 p.m. ET.
He will be joined by a roundtable of contributors including:
David Gibson, an award-winning religion journalist, author, filmmaker, and a convert to Catholicism. He has worked for Vatican Radio, and is also the author of two books on the Catholic Church. He is currently a national reporter for Religion News Service, and frequently travels to Rome for Vatican coverage.
- Grant Gallicho, an Associate Editor of Commonweal, a biweekly review of religion, politics, and culture edited by lay Catholics. His writing has appeared in America magazine, the Tablet of London and the New York Times.
- Matthew Schmitz, Deputy Editor of First Things. His writing has appeared in Christianity Today, National Review, The Human Life Review, and Public Discourse.
- Christine Emba, Hilton Kramer Fellow at The New Criterion, and former Deputy Editor at The Economist Intelligence Unit.
NET TV is a cable network featuring news and information with a Catholic point of view, and is available in the New York area on Time Warner Cable, channel 97, Cablevision, channel 30, and nationally on Verizon Fios on Demand. Viewers can also watch live on NET TV’s website at www.netny.tv.
NET TV’s original programming is syndicated both nationally and around the world. Reel Faith is broadcasted on The Family Channel and The Walk TV with a reach of over 50 million; Emmy-award winning show City of Churches is seen on WTLW 44 in Lima, Ohio, reaching a total of 200,000 viewers, and is also syndicated on KFTY Santa Rosa, California. Ask the Doctor can also be seen on KFTY, as well as KSCE in Texas, reaching 3 million viewers. Central TV in South America is currently broadcasting Dios Nunca Duerme, one of NET’s Spanish speaking programs, and Shalom Media syndicates NET TV’s original content throughout the world, reaching over 50 million viewers.