ABC to Broadcast A Year in the Life Documentary on JK Rowling July 16th


Apr 24, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

The ABC Television Network has announced will be broadcasting the special “A Year in the Life” documentary on Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling this summer. The network will be airing the documentary on Thursday, July 16 from 8-9pm (ET) the weekend of the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. While this documentary by James Runcie has been broadcast previously in the UK and elsewhere, this will mark the first time US audience will be able to watch the program, which takes a close look at our favorite author as she completes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007. Readers will recall of course, that as part of the documentary we see additional family tree and spouse names for characters such as Luna Lovegood and Draco Malfoy.

The ABC write up on the program is as follows:

The woman who created an imaginary world for millions, J.K. Rowling,
allowed cameras extraordinary access during the year before the 7th
Harry Potter book was published. From the one bedroom apartment in
Scotland where it all began to a hotel room where viewers watch her
type the last words of the Potter saga, Rowling lets millions of fans
into her world. The documentary exposes her childhood sorrows, visits
the church where she and her sister worked after-school as janitors,
and allows people to see her, now, as both the queen of a magical,
alternate universe, and an everyday mom. Cameras also travel back to
her hometown and discover where many of the characters of Harry Potter
originated. Upon the release of the latest Harry Potter movie,
Elizabeth Vargas takes viewers on a journey into the life of the woman
who came from “nothing” and created all of her own success.

Also as a reminder of what we reported previously, the network is continuing their Saturday night TV broadcasts of the Harry Potter films, with Chamber of Secrets due this Saturday night, followed by Prisoner of Azkaban on May 2nd, and Goblet of Fire on May 16.

72 Responses to ABC to Broadcast A Year in the Life Documentary on JK Rowling July 16th

Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Oh great! I loved watching that even though I watched it online. :) It was very sad too.Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: I can't wait to see it! Avatar ImageProfessor Cassandra says: Yay! Finally we get to watch it here in the States!!!Avatar ImagePewterWolf says: About time you guys in the USA get to watch the documentary! It's been a while since it was shown in the UK (2007?) and am hoping that ITV will repeated it. Even if it's on one of it's digital channels or on its VOD player... one can live in hope...Avatar ImageBookworm Jen says: Great news! I've seen it online, but it will be much nicer to see it on a bigger screen. Will they ever release it on DVD, do you think?Avatar ImageHufflepuffler says: Yes! I've been waiting for so long to see it!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I cannot wait to watch it! I am positive that the documentary will prove informative and illuminating for many a Harry Potter fan.Avatar Imageameema says: eep! yay! can't WAIT to see this! that week is going to be AWESOME! Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: Cool! It will make for one fabulous Harry Potter week!Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: Even i am not in UK, i already seen that docu. It was a great documentary and a must see... for everybody, even Not Fans of the Harry Potter series.Avatar ImageCourtneyPotter says: Yes! I was wondering if they were ever going to air it. :)Avatar Imagehbp will be betterthan tdk says: oh.........greatAvatar Imagemarymackie says: That will be great to see! Hope I'm not at the movie when it airs!!Avatar Imagecostont says: I'm excited about this -- I can never get enough 'background' and/or 'behind the scenes' type of stuff!Avatar ImageCatherine says: OMG!!!!! i love the documetnary i watch it all the time on my computer, and recorded it on a DVD!!!!!!! Avatar ImageMariah Lovegood says: OMG. July 16 is my birthday. This is a cool present for me and all other American HP fans. We are less than 12 weeks away from a great time. Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: I can't wait to see it! YAY! :)Avatar Imagecghambright says: Yay! I'm so excited!! I've already seen it on youtube and it's AMAZING! It really gives you a great insight into JKR's life and who she really is (she's awesome!). It seriously made me love her more than I already did! And the part when she finishes the book gives me can really tell that she has no idea what to feel because it's such an emotional moment. I just loved it and I seriously want to OWN it. They need to release it on dvd! :DAvatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: I haven't seen it yet. Shame on me. Hope to see it this time!Avatar ImageBeazle says: Well, what a coincidence. My family and I just watched the documentary again. It is without a doubt, the best television documentary made about Jo. It so helps to have someone she trusts and likes involved in the making. The radio shows she does with her buddy Stephen Fry, are also at this same very, very high level. That last part where she goes back to the flat where she wrote her first book and says - "This is where I finished Philiospher's Stone -just here "- and then she starts crying -and crying !!!! Gosh - you would have to be a hard person not to want to give her a hug.Avatar Imageavrenim says: can't wait to see it!Avatar ImageTheGoldenSeeker says: It's about time!!!. lol.. wow a documentary on JKR and the release of a new movie?? that is going to be an exciting week for sure !Avatar ImageRaWr...WeReWoLf says: oh i can't wait to see this!!!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: hooray!! way neatAvatar ImageDilltheMuggle says: Sadly enough, I have not watched this yet. But I/m excited that ABC is airing it. Going to Tivo it.Avatar Imagesgarime1 says: This is cool can't wait to watch it!Avatar ImageGueniveree says: Yes! Finally! I thought it would never air here in the US.Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: I can't wait to watch this! I've tried looking it up on YouTube, but could never find it. I want to watch it so bad!Avatar ImageName Unknown says: Can't wait! I've watched it a million times online, but it will be neat to watch it on tv, with hopefully, fairly good resolution.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: Yay! I can't wait for that! :)Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: Wow. This should be squeeful. Avatar ImageLillylove says: YAY!!!!!! I was beginning to think we would never see this here in the US. So happy we will FINALLY be able to see it too :)Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: The day after the premiere! Awesome!Avatar ImageTarantellegra says: dude! A couple days ago I decided to see if I could find some recorded version in some little niche online, (not like I really expected it to work or anything...) ABC apparently felt bad for me, lol. Avatar Imagesessionka says: I saw it online. It's about time it's being shown on TV. It's long overdue. Avatar Imagekenmarekestrels93 says: YESSSSS finally!!!Avatar Imagespunky_munky11 says: a deffinate must watch, i wonder if it will get shown in australia?Avatar ImageQuafflesAndSyrup says: Yay a documentary! I'm excited! :DAvatar Imagebadger666 says: Cool. I hope it will be posted online somewhere since I currently don't have a tv, sigh.Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: I've seen this before! And it's really awesome and a bit of a tear-jerker. You guys have fun watching! :DAvatar Imageprats says: I simply love this documentary as well. Needless to say have recorded it..and love to go back to it once in a while...soooo inspiring :)Avatar ImageRita_Dumbledore94 says: wow...can't wait..!Avatar ImageKatetheKeeper says: I can't wait for it! I didn't even know there was documentary made... *shrugs*Avatar ImageBlackCat13 says: That sounds so cool!Avatar Imagehp29 says: I've been waiting to see this for forever! I can't wait! :DAvatar ImageBlackCat13 says: GO RAVENCLAW!!!Avatar ImageThe Silver Doe music says: Ooh, I'm looking forward to it!Avatar Imagephantomdave79 says: this is great news! I wanted to see this so bad when i first heard about it but living in the states I couldn't see it. Now I get my chance! Awesome!Avatar ImagemOOn-stArs-sUn says: Yes! I am not going to miss that one!Avatar ImageRunwild101 says: I need to record it and put it on DVD...unless they will sell it with more information on DVD...then I'll buy that...I have a bad shopping problem when it comes to Harry if I'm alone here. :o)Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: I watched this when it first came out in England. And still have it recored on my skyplus planner!! I always watch it, it is soooo awesome! :) I can't believe it is only just coming out in America. If you haven't seen it you'll really enjoy it. :DAvatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: I was watching the video and I take it that it is a definite 'No' for an 8th book. All I've got to say about that. She said it herself. Can't wait for the documentary though! GAH! I missed Saturday's movie!Avatar Imagelilhpchick20 says: This is one of the things that I wanted to see but never thought I would. Thank You ABC!!!Avatar ImageAleraofRavenclaw says: Yay! We'll finally be able to see this on TV here! Avatar ImagexAnaheyy says: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :D I can FINALLY watch it ! <33 *excitement*Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: Did anyone one else cringe when they watched CoS last night? ABC cut Harry's floo powder scene, the following scene in which Lucius is selling his goodies, next scene with Hagrid rescuing Harry, and the following scene with Hermione meeting up with Harry and Hagrid. After that I couldn't watch anymore. I wish I were keeping a ratings diary again. If the editors at ABC ever lose their jobs there, they could easily take up butchering.Avatar Imagetonksgirl says: WOOOHOOO! :D awesome cant wait! its kinda complicated time with the movie but i must see! :DAvatar ImageNot Slytherin says: This is excellent news -- but OMG it took forevah! For those who have watched it online -- where did you find it? Quite curious.Avatar ImageLunabelle7 says: I'm so glad that they're airing it here! I was bummed when I realized that us U.S. fans wouldn't be able to see it, and I'm sure I wasn't the only one. Besides, new character information? That's always fun...and you have to love the date they chose, too. It'll be a weekend of Potter.Avatar ImageGobbledygook says: I loved that documentary. Somehow i got to see it and it was beautifully made. :)Avatar ImageWeasleyRavenclaw says: Wonderful!! I've been dying to see this for ages!!Avatar Imagelisajean65 says: Finally! I can't wait to see it!Avatar ImageNoella_Mansrot says: That will be good to see. It will also be the perfect excuse to crash on the couch after a long movie-premier day!Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: Yes! Finally I can see it!Avatar ImageJersey says: I'd like to see thatAvatar Imageiconshero says: YAY for the states!Avatar ImageDobbyWinkyKreacher says: Love JK :-) I think she is awesome. Wonderful talented writer. HP books are totally brilliant. Have seen the year in the life of JK, will watch it again most definitely. :-) Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i really wanted 2 watch it but missed it when it was on in the uk. :'(. enjoy!Avatar ImageSmitch says: This will be a soothing entertainment item to look forward to after I watch HBP in theatres! I know how sad I always am when it's over and I know I can't just buy it on DVD...Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: This will be great. Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: when it was on in the uk, i missed everything apart from the spouse and children names. i wanted luna to marry neville. it was a match made in heaven, but it never happended :(Avatar Imagekingdom says: can't wait to see, it will be a great treat for all the fans!

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