Billy Connolly’s Route 66
Airs Mondays, September 16 - October 7, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published January 4, 2013 at 9:17 a.m., updated September 12, 2013 at 2:50 p.m.
Affable Scottish comedian/actor Billy Connolly ("Journey to the Edge of the World," "Brave") takes the ultimate road trip as he travels the world's most famous highway, Route 66. In this stylish four-part mini-series, Connolly adopts a kind of "Easy Rider" approach to the trek as he makes the iconic 2,488 mile journey from Chicago to Santa Monica. With his unrivaled ability to tell a great story, he brings to life both the big and small moments of American history — the world changing events and the comic asides.
Episode One airs Monday, Sept. 16 at 10 p.m. - Billy travels from Chicago, Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri visiting attractions along the way including: the Chicago Tribune Building, the Route 66 "Pie Man," Abraham Lincoln's home, an Amish community and the Chain of Rocks bridge.
Episode Two airs Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. - Billy travels from St. Louis, Missouri to Oklahoma City, Okla., visiting The Gateway Arch, a Civil War re-enactment, a wolf sanctuary, a crossbow turkey hunt and the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial.
Episode Three airs Monday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. - Billy travels from Oklahoma City, Okla. to Monument Valley, Utah, visiting a cattle auction, the Devil's Rope (barbed wire) Museum, Cadillac Ranch, a ghost town, Los Alamos and a Navajo healing ritual.
Episode Four airs Monday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. - Billy travels from Flagstaff, Arizona to the end of Route 66 at Santa Monica Boulevard, visiting a meteor crater, the world's deepest motel room inside a cave, Bottle Tree Ranch, and "car culture" in Pomona City, Calif.