See the Kate on TV This Spring!

New Music Series “The Kate” from CPTV and the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center Brings Back the Boldness and Spirit of the Series Muse, January 22nd!  Tune in and see the Kate on TV!

Old Saybrook, CT – Katharine Hepburn once famously quipped, “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”
A lively and original new national music series, "The Kate," pays homage to the series muse and namesake, evoking the high-spirited charisma and iconoclastic essence of the cultural icon by featuring a dynamic lineup of vibrant artists who have something to say,and share it during their performances.

Previewing on CPTV on Friday, Jan. 22, at 10 p.m., season one of "The Kate" features six one-hour episodes with captivating performances and revealing interviews with (in order of appearance): Ana Gasteyer, Rickie Lee Jones, Jarrod Spector, The Ann Wilson Thing, Barb Jungr, and Rita Wilson. The series will air nationally on public television stations beginning spring 2016, and episodes will also stream live in full on

Produced by CPTV (Connecticut Public Television), "The Kate" is filmed in front of a live audience at the exquisite Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, a historic, 250-seat theater, known as the Kate, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

The series steps out of the traditional live music television format to bring viewers an intimate journey with artists who are exploring new creative directions, expanding vocal boundaries, and reimagining their art in surprising and innovative ways. They span an array of musical genres, from rock, pop, blues, jazz, and Broadway. The Kate immerses viewers in the full experience — on stage, back stage, in the theater — capturing the palpable connection of performers with the audience in the intimate performance space of the Kate. 

“We are beyond excited with this innovative collaboration with CPTV and thrilled to bring these fantastic performers to our venue and audiences,” shared Brett Elliott, the Executive Director of the Kate.Ã??

The lineup of episodes is as follows:

PREMIERES FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2016 at 10:00 pm ET
PREMIERES FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016 at 10:00 pm ET
PREMIERES FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm ET 

PREMIERES FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 at 10:00 pm ET
PREMIERES FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016 at 10:00 pm ET
PREMIERES FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm ET

For more information about "The Kate" series, artists, performances, and venue, visit,, or To interact with the series via Twitter, use #TheKateTV.  For more information about the Kate and tickets to upcoming shows, please visit

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About the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit performing arts organization located in an historic theatre/town hall on Main Street in Old Saybrook. Originally opened in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Center has been renovated with public funds from the Town of Old Saybrook and donations raised by the Trustees of the Center. It includes a 250-seat theatre and a small museum honoring Katharine Hepburn, Old Saybrook’s most celebrated resident. As befits an organization born of such a public/private partnership, programming is eclectic, offering something for all ages and income levels on the Connecticut shore and in the lower river valley.

About Connecticut Public Broadcasting
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) is home to CPTV, WNPR and the Learning Lab. CPTV is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs and educational programming. WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. The Learning Lab serves high school seniors through a partnership with Hartford Public Schools and the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School. It is also home to the Institute for Advanced Media, a program that provides the men and women of our armed forces and adult learners an opportunity to learn skills necessary for the 21st century digital media workplace. For more information, visit