MPTV Premieres & Highlights: December 2010

Louis Prima: In Person!

December 1st / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

A vibrant one hour special with full length performances from Louis Prima's storied career covering the years 1937 to 1971. Prima, on trumpet and vocals, is joined by singers Keely Smith and Gia Maione.
Length: 01:24:48 / Episode: #0V / Source: APTPS0

Red Green Show Marathon

The Possum Ponderosa, Possum Air, Lake

December 2nd / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Red and Harold (Steve Smith & Patrick McKenna) promote the Lodge on the basis that they are relatives of Lorne Greene, who grew up there. Red demonstrates how to cut down on coffee intake, and how to deliver pizza with a skeet thrower. The men have a pass, punt, and kick competition. Red turns a car into a huge wrench. Special Guest--Graham Greene.
Length: 00:22:13 / Episode: #902 / Source: EPS0

In order to bring tourists into the area, Harold starts his own airline, with Red as his first passenger. Red makes a kiddie ride out of a coin-operated washing machine. Walter has a run-in with a wood chipper. Red demonstrates an innovative use of popcorn and an automatic newspaper remover. Special Guest--Gordon Pinsent.
Length: 00:22:13 / Episode: #903 / Source: EPS0

"Mr. Possum Lake"
Harold is chosen to represent the Lodge in the annual Mr. Possum Lake contest. Red uses discarded toys to make gingerbread trim for his house. Walter runs into trouble flying his model airplane. Red invents a cheap, convenient way to have consistent hot water in the shower, and a plan to make lawn trimming much easier.
Length: 00:22:13 / Episode: #913 / Source: EPS0

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music)

December 2nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Folk legend John Sebastian presents archival pop and folk rock era classics, culminating into a crescendo of excitement with a new live reunion of folk singers Barry McGuire, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Chad & Jeremy, Jesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods and more.
Length: 01:58:52

Les Paul: Live In New York City

December 2nd / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

This special captures a raucous and unadorned Les Paul in 2005 at the Iridium Jazz Club, performing with Steve Miller, Keith Richards, Jose Feliciano, Dave Grisman, Sonya Hensley, and others.
Length: 01:05:00

Things That Aren't Here Anymore II

December 6th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Milwaukee natives fondly recall the years following World War II. The past comes alive through old photographs, archival footage, and personal stories. Stand up comedian Dobie Maxwell performs from his hilarious act "Schlitz Happened! An Old Milwaukee Blatz from the Pabst."
Length: 00:56:46

Moody Blues Live from the Greek Theatre

December 6th / 9:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Recorded at Los Angeles' famed Greek Theater during their 2005 World Tour, this rare live concert special is pure Moody Blues. Showcasing the Moodies' unique style that has kept them at the top of their profession for 40 years--and has made them one of the biggest live touring acts of all time
Length: 00:53:58

Big Band Years

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

This music retrospective features the biggest songs that kick-started the baby boom generation with original hit makers and legends from the 1930's and 1940's. Vintage videos and rare unreleased footage bring back the songs that won the war. Peter Marshall (of the legendary Hollywood Squares) hosts.
Length: 01:58:24

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughn In Session

December 8th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

This 1983 concert features legendary blues guitarist Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan performing in Canada. The performance is the only known recording of King and Vaughan performing together.
Length: 01:29:00

Cirque Du Soleil - Flowers in the Desert

December 11th / 5:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

Mesmerizing performances from Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas are presented. Since 1993, Cirque du Soleil has produced seven permanent shows in Las Vegas, creating a garden of delights that has transformed the very nature of entertainment in the desert oasis.
Length: 01:55:15

Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of the Possible

December 13th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Many Americans remember former Vice President Hubert Humphrey (1911-1978) as a cheerleader for the Vietnam War--shunned by his own party and mistrusted by a generation of young people. Others considered him a great progressive, a guiding light for the post-New Deal liberal movement. A fresh look is taken at Humphrey's body of work, using his own words and interviews with President Jimmy Carter, Vice President Walter Mondale, Bill Moyers, Tom Hayden and others, to explore his journey through the major events of the 20th century.
Length: 01:56:24

Chihuly Fire & Light

December 15th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Dale Chihuly's glass works brilliantly combine the simplicity of the medium with the extraordinary innovation of the artist. From Chihuly's studio in Seattle to installation sites throughout San Francisco, the artist is observed at work with his team as he conceives and creates his most ambitious exhibition to date, Chihuly at the de Young. This 2008 exhibition included 11 galleries of new and archival works representing the breadth and scope of the artist's creative vision during the last four decades.
Length: 00:56:46

Paris The Luminous Years

December 15th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

In the early 1900's, a storm of modernism swept through the art worlds of the West, uprooting centuries of tradition in the visual arts, music, literature, dance, theater and beyond. The epicenter of this storm was Paris, France. This unique moment in Paris from 1905 to 1930 is explored, decisive years for our contemporary culture, when an international group including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Aaron Copland and Ernest Hemingway, among numerous others, revolutionized the direction of the modern arts.
Length: 01:56:46

Midsomer Murders

The Killings at Badger's Drift - Part One

December 16th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The peace of the seemingly idyllic village of Badger's Drift is shattered by the inexplicable murder of an old lady, Emily Simpson, found dead in her cottage after witnessing something unsettling in the woods. Her old friend, Lucy Bellringer, is convinced that Emily's death was not from natural causes.
Length: 00:47:57 / Episode: #101

Anne of Green Gables


December 17th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Megan Follows stars as the delightful, unpredictable redhead Anne Shirley. When Anne arrives at the Cuthbert's farm on Prince Edward Island, called "Green Gables," she is desperate to be loved and highly sensitive about her red hair and homely looks. In her own unique headstrong manner, Anne manages to insult the town matriarch, Rachel Lynde (Patricia Hamilton) in a dispute over her looks, and smashes her slate over Gilbert Blythe's (Jonathan Crombie) head when he calls her "carrots" during her first day of school.
Length: 00:50:54 / Episode: #101P

Michael Feinstein's American Songbook

Putting on the Tail Fins

December 17th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

In this three-part series, Michael Feinstein explores and celebrates the history of American popular music. A look back is taken at the 1950s and 1960s, when the Great American Songbook competed with new forms like rock 'n' roll, and rhythm & blues.
Length: 00:56:45 / Episode: #101H


Free Willy (1993)

December 18th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

An abandoned boy (Jason James Richter) with a chip on his shoulder befriends an ill-fated killer whale at a water park.
Length: 01:51:39 / Episode: #177H

Independent Lens

The Calling - Part 1

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

Seven Catholics, Evangelical Christians, Jews, and Muslims are followed on their dramatic journey as they train to become professional clergy. Embarking on life paths that demand tremendous personal sacrifice and commitment, these seminarians must face a public that challenges the very relevance of their mission.
Length: 01:56:46 / Episode: #1208H

Legendary Bing Crosby

December 20th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Celebrated crooner Bing Crosby was an entertainment icon, capturing the hearts of fans around the world through his remarkable songs and memorable film and television appearances. Many of the entertainer's best performances from his network specials are presented from the years 1954 to 1977, including recently discovered, digitally recovered footage and clips that have not been seen since their original broadcast.
Length: 00:57:46 / Episode: #0H

Independent Lens

The Calling - Part 1

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

Seven Catholics, Evangelical Christians, Jews, and Muslims are followed on their dramatic journey as they train to become professional clergy. Embarking on life paths that demand tremendous personal sacrifice and commitment, these seminarians must face a public that challenges the very relevance of their mission.
Length: 01:56:46

Masterpiece Mystery!

Sherlock: A Study In Pink

December 21st / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

When an unidentified woman, dressed all in pink, turns up murdered in an abandoned building, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) must use the science of deduction to catch the killer.
Length: 01:26:45 / Episode: #4029H


Topkapi (1964)

December 25th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Lovers (Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell) recruit amateurs to steal a dagger from the palace museum in Istanbul. (Based on Eric Ambler's novel, The Light of Day)
Length: 01:59:32 / Episode: #179

Fannie's Last Supper

December 27th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Christopher Kimball reveals the origins of American cooking and explores how the culinary expert Fannie Farmer sowed the seeds of the modern food revolution. A 12-course feast is recreated straight from the pages of Fannie Farmer's Boston Cooking School Cook Book, and a panel of food and media mavens judge the results.
Length: 00:56:46

American Masters

Glenn Gould: Genius Within

December 27th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The life of celebrated pianist Glenn Gould is chronicled. The iconic, but intensely private musician had a revolutionary understanding of the Baroque masters.
Length: 01:56:46 / Episode: #2307#


Secrets Beneath The Ice

December 28th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Can Antarctica's climate past offer clues to what may happen to our warming planet? To gather crucial evidence, NOVA follows an ambitious Antarctic investigation--a state-of-the-art drilling probe known as ANDRILL. Researchers discover astonishing new clues--not only about Antarctica's past, but also Earth's future.
Length: 00:56:46

Murdoch Mysteries


December 30th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

When Miss Toronto Electric & Light is electrocuted in a demonstration gone wrong, it's determined that the switch handle she pulled had been purposely booby-trapped. In a case that's further complicated by bribery, scandal and dirty backroom dealings, Murdoch must find out who killed her--and why. Based on the critically acclaimed mysteries of novelist Maureen Jennings, MURDOCH MYSTERIES follows the adventures of a young detective, William Murdoch, in Toronto, Canada in the 1890's. (1 of 13)
Length: 00:46:20 / Episode: #101

Live from Lincoln Center

New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve with Lang Lang

December 31st / 7:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

"Live From Lincoln Center" rings in the new year with the New York Philharmonic in an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring pianist Lang Lang.
Length: 01:56:46 / Episode: #3506H /

American Masters

Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character

December 31st / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

America in the 1960s and 70s was in turmoil. The civil rights struggle, the war in Vietnam and the sexual revolution defined a nation in conflict. But at 10 o'clock every Saturday night, in dorms and dens, in living rooms and bedrooms across the country, Americans watched "The Carol Burnett Show." For 11 years, the wacky performer yelled like Tarzan and won--and sometimes broke our hearts with her edgy, always sympathetic, characters. Yet, as with so many brilliant comedians, hers was a difficult childhood. Burnett's difficult childhood and the dramatic turn that followed her TV variety show is presented.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #2008