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KET Summer Spectacular telethon features Prince and Les Misérables concert specials, plus much more


KET Summer Spectacular telethon features Prince and Les Misérables concert specials, plus much more

For Release: 08/05/19 9:40 AM

KET’s Summer Spectacular telethon (Aug. 17-25) offers an eight-day extravaganza of music, travel and health and fitness specials – plus the opportunity to support KET’s programming and services. Viewers may call 1-800-866-0366 or go online at to contribute throughout the event.

Summer Spectacular highlights include:

Prince: Rave Un2 the Year 2000: Experience Prince’s legendary talent and peerless showmanship at a dazzling show filmed on the cusp of the new millennium. Recorded at Paisley Park Studios, the concert features performances of his timeless hits including “Kiss” and “Purple Rain.” | KET: Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10:30/9:30 pm

Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2: To mark the 25th Anniversary of Les Misérables, the show’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, presents an extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London. | KET: Sunday, Aug. 18 at 5/4 pm

Downton Abbey Live!: In anticipation of the September 2019 premiere of the Downton Abbey feature film, this special offers a nostalgic celebration of the most successful British drama ever – the stellar cast, superb writing, spectacular locations, and dazzling costumes. Planned participants include Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore); Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes); Harry Hadden-Paton (Bertie, Edith’s husband); and producers Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge, plus pre-recorded interviews with Julian Fellowes (writer) and Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley). | KET: Sunday, Aug. 18 at 9/8 pm

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music): Folk legend John Sebastian reflects on the very best of “The Folk Years” in an all-new show that remembers archival folk era classics. | KET: Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 9/8 pm

Downton Abbey Returns!: Join host Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) for a celebration of the beloved hit series and a sneak peek at the upcoming feature film, set to hit theaters in September. The special features new interviews with the cast and creators, plus never-before-seen video clips. | KET: Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7/6 pm

Doobie Brothers Live from the Beacon Theatre:  Join the Dobbie Brothers as they return to New York City’s Beacon Theatre for the first time in 25 years. The concert features hits and fan favorites from two landmark albums: Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me. | KET: Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 10:30/9:30 pm

This Old House – 40th Anniversary Special: Celebrate the 40th season of the groundbreaking PBS home improvement series in this new special featuring interviews with hosts and cast members, vintage clips, and favorite moments and renovations from a series that inspired an entire genre of television programming. | KET2: Thursday, Aug. 22 at 8/7 pm | KET: Saturday, Aug. 24 at 4:30/3:30 pm


Viewers who donate to KET during Summer Spectacular 2019 may choose to receive tickets for an array of upcoming concerts and experiences, including:

  • KET’s Fabby Abbey Ball on Sept. 28
  • A Bob Ross Painting Party at KET Studios
  • A Country Music line dancing event in Louisville
  • Wild Kratts Live.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications