'A little American independence'

Locally produced Revolutionary War series gets picked up by PBS station KVCR

By Carl Kozlowski 12/19/2012

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As movers and shakers in the tea party movement, Jonathan Wilson and James Riley have opted to move beyond the electoral realm and take a stab at shaping pop culture as well. Now their first entertainment venture, the direct-to-DVD episodic series “Courage, New Hampshire,” will be airing its first season as a four-night miniseries on public television station KVCR.

“Courage” started airing its four completed episodes on Tuesday, with the third and fourth installments due to air at 8 p.m. tonight and Friday. While KVCR is based in San Bernardino/Riverside, its signal reaches all of Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire.

“It’s a great way to kick off the Christmas holiday,” said Wilson, a Pasadena resident who executive produces the show with its creator, actor/writer/director Riley, out of the Colony Bay production offices in Old Pasadena. The program shoots at the popular tourist attraction Riley’s Farm near San Diego. “The programming guy at KVCR has been a big fan of Riley’s Farm for a long time, so he thought it would be a good show to air.”

“Courage,” about a small town during the American Revolution, starts shooting its fifth episode in February, with plans to eventually create six seasons. Wilson noted that KVCR has the right to rebroadcast the episodes as much as it chooses until Feb. 28 and that a sales agent is now representing the series for sales to international territories as well.

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