MPTV Premieres & Highlights: July 2009

PBS PREVIEWS

THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA

July 1st / 8:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

This sneak peek of Ken Burns' 6-part series explores some of the nation's most special parks. Filmed over the course of more than six years in some of nature's most spectacular locales, it is a story of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration--set against breathtaking backdrops. (67 min)
R 7/5 9:30 pm; 7/26 9:30 pm; see www.mptv.org for other repeats (67 min)

Motown Memories (My Music)

July 2nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Archival hits and rare interviews from five Motown legends are featured, including: The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, and Marvin Gaye. Mary Wilson, one of the original members of The Supremes, hosts. (90 min)

JAMES CAGNEY

THAT YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

July 3rd / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Cagney. The name alone makes you want to tap your feet or come out fighting. In a film career that spans 50 years, James Cagney became one of the most versatile, respected and beloved actors ever to flash across the silver screen. Whether playing the streetwise gangster behind a blazing automatic or hoofing along in his inimitable way, Cagney stood head and shoulders above the crowd. This all-American tribute captures the highlights of Cagney's remarkable career.
R on 7/4 10:30 am 36.1 (73 min)

TONY BENNETT

AN AMERICAN CLASSIC

July 3rd / 9:15 pm / MPTV 36.1

Legendary performer Tony Bennett performs at the historic Los Angeles Theater alongside popular artists, including Diana Krall, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder. Set amongst the backdrop of different eras from his career, the emotional musical journey re-creates the seminal venues of his career. (Created and directed by acclaimed director Rob Marshall). (42 min)

BARBECUE UNIVERSITY WITH STEVEN RAICHLEN

July 4th / 5:30 am / MPTV-36.4 Create

Steven's grilling series 300 with 13 episodes airs in full - three times during the July 4th holiday barbecue day. 5:30 am to 11 pm. (28 min)

3, 2, 1 FIREWORKS

July 4th / 8:00 am / MPTV 36.1

This explosive new special goes on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Washington, D.C. July 4th celebration, featuring one of the largest and most colorful fireworks displays in the world. Shot in high-definition, the special captures every step of the renowned fireworks production. It opens in China as the crew observes the making of fireworks and dazzling new pyrotechnic effects. Once the fireworks are shipped to America, an army of technicians undertake the delicate and dangerous tasks of setting up thousands of explosives-filled mortar tubes in preparation for the spectacular display.
R on7/5 11:31 am (28 min)

UW VARSITY BAND SPRING CONCERT

35TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

July 4th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Under the direction of Michael Leckrone, this year's show celebrates the 35th anniversary of the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band's spring concerts with Badger spirit favorites, energetic medleys and Broadway retrospectives. Guest artists include Randy Sabien, Alli Foss, Cat's Pajamas and Emily Whelan. (57 min)

CAPITOL FOURTH

July 4th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

From the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits hosts the biggest and brightest birthday party in the country. Barry Manilow performs patriotic classics along with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. The star-studded cast includes Aretha Franklin, Natasha Bedingfield, the cast of Jersey Boys, Michael Feinstein; and pianist Andrew von Oeyen. (89 min)

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!

Miss Marple, Series IV: A Pocket Full of Rye

July 5th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

When Miss Marple learns of the deaths of businessman Rex Fortescue, his young wife, Adele, and their housemaid, Gladys, the circumstances vividly recall the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence." Will the rhyme at last reveal the culprit?
R on 7/7 2:00 am; 7/8 10:00 pm (87 min)

WALKING THE GREAT DIVIDE

A JOURNEY ALONG THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL

July 6th / 11:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Award-winning filmmaker Mark Flagler embarks on a six-month journey to traverse the primitive backcountry trail that stretches from Mexico to Canada. Flagler's trials and triumphs are captured, as he braves high-altitude trekking, intense desert heat, cross-country navigation and deep canyons in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. (1 of 2) Continues Mon., 7/13. (57 min)

HOME TOWN STORIES

MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS

July 7th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The evolution of two cities whose culture, commerce and recreation have been shaped by Lake Michigan is explored. Film, archival images, and interviews with historians and citizens reveal the fascinating history of Manitowoc-Two Rivers, including the growth of a ship-building industry that continues to define the region today. (57 min)

BIG SQUEEZE

July 7th / 9:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

Sixteen year-old John Ramirez and other young musicians compete at a statewide accordion throw down in Houston. Behind-the-scenes footage reveals how the combination of family, friends, and food help create the heart of Texas music.
R 7/11 12:30 am (27 min)

TIME TEAM AMERICA "FORT RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA"

July 8th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Scientists untangle the mystery of the first English settlement in America, where 116 settlers vanished from Roanoke Island more than 400 years ago. The fate of the Roanoke colonists remains one of the most chilling and maddening questions of American history. Will archaeological evidence put the ghost of Roanoke to rest and establish where the first colony in America was actually located? (1 of 5) Continues on Mondays. (57 min)

ASCENT OF MONEY "From Bullion to Bubbles"

July 8th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Niall Ferguson examines how money evolved from a crude system of coins to a complex global financial system of credit, treasury bonds, hedge funds and credit default swaps that have shaped the course of human history. (1 of 4) Series continues on Wednesdays.
R on 7/10 2:00 am 10.1; 7/13 2:00 am 10.1. (57 min)

QUEEN'S CORONATION

BEHIND PALACE DOORS

July 10th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The Coronation of Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 1953 was a momentous event, but behind the scenes there was a three-cornered story of jealousy and rivalry at the highest level. Archival material, subtle re-enactments, and interviews reveal the true story behind one of the Royal family's most historic events. (48 min)

ABOVE AND BEYOND

THE STORY OF CPL. WILLIAM T. PERKINS, JR. USMC

July 11th / 11:30 am / MPTV 36.1

During the Vietnam War, Cpl. William T. Perkins Jr. made the ultimate sacrifice, hurling himself upon a hand grenade to save fellow Marines. His friend Craig Ingraham re-traces what happened during Operation Medina, uncovering both the camera and rare footage used just before his death. (30 min)

GREAT CIRCUS PARADE 2009

July 12th / 1:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The Great Circus Parade rolls into downtown Milwaukee after a four year hiatus. A glorious display of circus history and pageantry, with 50 authentic circus wagons, 350 exquisite horses, 30 bands, 150 clowns and over 450 riding and walking performers dressed in lavish circus wardrobe. Live and in high definition. (147 min)

ALLAIRE BACK FITNESS

1 of 26

July 14th / 7:30 am / MPTV 36.1

Chiropractor, Dr. Lisa Allaire demonstrates exercises designed to develop strong and healthy backs, improving strength, flexibility, and stability. (1 of 26) Continues weekdays. (27 min)

PAVING THE WAY

THE NATIONAL PARK-TO-PARK HIGHWAY (1 of 2)

July 15th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

"See America First"
The rise of automobile tourism and the launch of the national highway system is explored. Most Americans first reached the national parks via one of the longest motor routes of the day, the Park-to-Park Highway. This two-part series traces the key players and obstacles involved in creating the highway, connecting all 12 National Parks. (1 of 2)
R on 7/19 10:00 pm; R on 7/20 11:00 pm 10.1 (57 min)

SONJA HENIE QUEEN OF THE ICE

July 17th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Hailed as one of the greatest women's sports stars in the world, Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie captured ten world championships and three Olympic gold medals during her legendary career. The story of this sensational athlete, who participated in the first Winter Olympics at age 11, won her first world championship at age 15 in 1927 and later appeared in several Hollywood musicals. The first woman to combine skating with dance choreography, Henie also originated the short skirt and white skates style, making an indelible mark on skating history. Cliff Robertson narrates. (54 min)

SHARKS

STEWARDS OF THE REEF

July 19th / 6:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

The relationship between sharks, oceans, and coral reef ecosystems are explored. Filmmakers sail thousands of miles exploring, diving and documenting the atolls of the Pacific. Marine biologists and conservationists discuss the escalating threats to shark population, including habitat destruction of reef ecosystems and "finning" sharks for shark fin soup. (27 min)

HISTORY DETECTIVES

"Tokyo Rose Recording/ Crazy Horse Photo/WWII Diary"

July 20th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

A viewer has a recording he thinks holds evidence used in the World War II treason trial of Iva Tugori, aka Tokyo Rose. Gwen consults with experts from Long Island to Los Angeles to investigate. Elyse investigates whether a contributor has the Holy Grail of the Wild West: a photo of the Lakota warrior who defeated General Custer? Wes heads to Florida on a quest to reunite a poignant diary with the family of a World War II pilot.
R on 7/22 2:00 am 10.1 (57 min)

NOVA SCIENCENOW

Series 4, Episode 4

July 21st / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson profiles a team of NASA scientists who will smash two SUV-sized rockets onto the lunar surface and unleash a debris cloud to study data; microbiologist Jack Griffith, who discovered the oldest known organic molecules on earth is interviewed; research on an Australian songbird sheds light on sounds; and, climate scientist Lonnie Thompson, aka Tropical Ice Core Man is profiled. (57 min)

P.O.V.

THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON)

July 21st / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

After the U.S. government waged a secret war in Laos during the Vietnam War, one family that fought alongside American forces was abandoned--left to face imprisonment or execution. They made a harrowing escape to America, where they discovered a different kind of war. Filmed over 23 years, "The Betrayal" is the Academy Award-nominated directorial debut of renowned cinematographer Ellen Kuras in a unique collaboration with the film's subject and co-director, Thavisouk Phrasavath.
R on 7/23 2:00 am 10.1 (87 min)

MOVIE

WAKING NED DEVINE

July 25th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Two elderly Irishmen (Ian Bannen, David Kelly) scheme to claim the winnings of a villager who died of shock after winning the lottery.
R on 7/26 10:00 am (91 min)