But issues of quality aside, the question remains: Why pick this show up for the Denver market? “Writing,” says KBDI’s Content Schedule Manager Brad Haug. “Strong writing, and an outdoorsy appeal, too.” But it’s also about trying new things, experimenting with what people might expect from a PBS station. “We’re always looking for ways to bring new viewers into the fold,” Haug says. “The KBDI angle is somewhat different; we’re always looking to do something fresh and interesting.”
So far, it seems to be working. “There’s been an enormous response from the audience,” says Haug. “Overwhelming. People just love it. And the audience is from a wide variety of age groups, too; again, because the writing is so strong, it crosses a lot of boundaries.”
And it should. Northern Exposure is a television classic; Denver is lucky to have it in a nightly line-up. And with the writer’s strike ongoing, what better time than to make the trip back up North a few evenings a week?
Northern Exposure airs on KBDI-Channel 12 Monday through Thursday nights at 7. -- Teague Bohlen