MPTV Premieres & Highlights: September 2013

Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

September 2nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The story is told of television pioneer Gertrude Berg, the creator, principal writer, and star of The Goldbergs. After a popular 17-year run on radio, The Goldbergs became television's very first character-driven domestic sitcom in 1949. The TV series ran until 1956, starring Berg in the central role as Molly, the big-hearted, stay-at-home mother of a Jewish family. Each episode captured their ordinary, daily life with all the ups and downs present in most families. Wonderful clips from the program are presented, along with archival footage from Berg's childhood--and revealing interviews with people who knew her best.

In from the Cold? A Portrait of Richard Burton

September 3rd / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Few great actors have been so unfairly represented in the public image as Richard Burton. Drunk, a wastrel, uncontrollable, unprofessional, besotted with glamour and wealth - these are just a few of the epithets describing the popular star of stage and screen. This documentary, made at his widow Sally Hay's request, is a celebration of an extraordinary man whose public image may have been seen as much different.


September 3rd / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Set in 1952, as England prepares for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, THE SCAPEGOAT is a one-off drama that tells the provocative story of two very different men who have one thing in common - a face. Matthew Rhys, Sheridan Smith, Andrew Scott and Eileen Atkins star in an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca, The Birds, Don't Look Now).

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation

North America

September 4th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This series is a breathtaking voyage with the world's birds, soaring across six continents, witnessing spectacular animal migrations and great natural wonders. Snow geese, pelicans, and bald eagles fly over the Great Plains, the Grand Canyon, Alaska and the Golden Gate Bridge as they encounter and engage with bears, dolphins, bison, and spawning fish.

Balto - A Hero from Alaska

September 4th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In the winter of 1925 unusually heavy snowstorms left Nome, Alaska cut off from the outside world. To add to the townspeople's distress, diphtheria struck. The authorities realized that the only way to reach the stricken town with life-giving serum was by relays of dog teams across 1,000 kilometers of icy terrain. With Balto in the lead, Norweigan sled-driver Gunnar Kaasen, they set off in a blizzard that completely obliterated the trail they were following. Unerringly, however, Balto led the way, and the vital serum reached Nome in time to save the population from impending death.

4th Street Forum

Lake Michigan's Health Report

September 6th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

We enjoy the beauty of our lake and its beaches. But are toxic chemicals and invasive species threatening its health? Is low water level constricting recreation and ruining the fishing? What's the health status of Lake Michigan, Eastern Wisconsin's defining feature? And what steps can be taken to sustain and repair our Great Lake? Marcus White hosts.

Arts & The Mind


September 7th / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Host Lisa Kudrow explores the vital role the arts play in human development during both youth and older age, and shares stories and cutting edge scientific research on how music, dance, painting, poetry and theater markedly improve well-being at both ends of life. (1 of 2)

Great Performances at the Met

Francesca Da Rimini

September 8th / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Zandonai's early 20th century melodrama "Francesca da Rimini" returns to the Met for its first revival in more than 25 years, in Piero Faggioni's opulent and realistic production. Marco Armiliato conducts Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role of a noblewoman who is tricked into marrying the brutal Gianciotto, sung by Mark Delavan, instead of her true love Paolo, sung by Marcello Giordani. Robert Brubaker sings the wicked Malatestino, whose jealousy incites a murder.

Last Tango In Halifax

September 8th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Celia and Alan, childhood sweethearts reunited after 60 years, are stranded when Alan's car is stolen. They phone their respective daughters, arrogant Caroline and happy-go-lucky Gillian, to pick them up. Seconds before they actually meet, the women argue bitterly over a parking space. Celia and Alan introduce them to one another and make a surprising announcement. This uplifting comedy-drama series about romance and second chances features childhood sweethearts Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid). (1 of 6)

Masterpiece Mystery!


September 8th / 8:03 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Both Martha (Maxine Peake) and Clive (Rupert Penry-Jones) have their Silk interviews and Martha takes on the biggest case of her life: defending a repeat offender on a murder charge at the Old Bailey. When the case begins to fall apart, Martha struggles to remain focused as the stress on her personal and private life grows. All the while, the pupils' future and the fate of chambers hang in the balance.

Great Lakes NOW

September 9th / 5:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Experts discuss the overall health of the Great Lakes during Great Lakes Week in Milwaukee, WI, September 9-12, 2013. (1 of 4)


The Suicide Plan

September 15th / 10:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

FRONTLINE explores the shadow world of assisted suicide, where the lines between legality and criminality are blurred as never before. With intimate access to decisions near the end of life, an inside look is taken at one of the most polarizing social issues of our time--told not only by the people choosing to die, but also by their "assisters," individuals and right-to-die organizations at risk of prosecution for their actions to hasten death.

Great Performances at the Met

Giulio Cesare

September 15th / 12:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The opera that conquered London in Handel's time comes to the Met in David McVicar's lively production. The world's leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

Masterpiece Mystery!

Foyle's War, Series VII: The Eternity Ring

September 15th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks return in three episodes of this detective series. Set in post-war 1946-47, Foyle (Kitchen) and his loyal friend Sam (Weeks) find themselves adjusting to a new era of secrets, intelligence and security as their worlds shift into those of MI5. With one war ended, a new one is looming as the iron curtain falls across Europe. Suspecting that British atomic research has been infiltrated, MI5 asks Foyle to investigate the possibility of a Russian spy network in the heart of London.


Ground Zero Supertower

September 15th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

NOVA returns to Ground Zero to witness the final chapter in an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit: the completion of One World Trade Center, the skyscraper rising up 104 stories and 1,776 feet from the site where the Twin Towers once stood. In this update of NOVA's "Engineering Ground Zero, " which featured behind-the-scenes access to the struggles of the engineers and architects working at 1 WTC and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, NOVA goes inside the construction of the new tower's final floors and the installation of its soaring, 800-ton spire and beacon. But 1 WTC isn't the only engineering marvel taking shape here: NOVA goes underground to see the construction of a multi-billion dollar transit center whose sweeping, sinuous design is said to be inspired by the shape of a bird being released from a child's hand.

The Queen's Diamond Decades


September 16th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

This six-part series telling the story of Queen Elizabeth II, and the country she has reigned over for six remarkable decades. More than just a series on the queen, each episode is a look at Britain and its place in world events.

American Masters

Billie Jean King

September 16th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The professional tennis star who fought for equality on and off the court presents her own story. This documentary traces the incredible life of the single most important female athlete of the 20th century. American Masters looks back to the 12-year-old California girl who played tennis on public courts, observed disparity and, as she soared athletically, never stopped trying to remedy inequality. During her professional tennis career, King won 39 Grand Slam titles, helped form the Virginia Slims Series (pre-cursor to WTA Tour), founded the Women's Sports Foundation and Women's Sports magazine, and co-founded World Team Tennis (WTT).

Global Health Frontiers: Dark Forest, Black Fly

September 17th / 11:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In poor, remote communities across Africa, parasitic worms transmitted by small black flies infect millions. The resulting river blindness torments sufferers with intense itching, and eventually robs them of their sight. GLOBAL HEALTH FRONTIERS: DARK FOREST, BLACK FLY travels to the front lines of Uganda's fight to eradicate this devastating disease. Narrated by Mia Farrow, the documentary highlights the field work and insights of scientists, health professionals and humanitarians, including former President Jimmy Carter, committed to solving the problem.

Latino Americans

Foreigners In Their Own Land

September 17th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Actor Benjamin Bratt narrates this landmark six-hour series chronicling the rich and varied history of Latinos in the United States. This episode spans the period from 1500-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America, the U.S. expands into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans and English and Spanish colonies, and the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848.

Joy of Chance

September 18th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This thought-provoking program explores the scientific and philosophical answers to the question: What is chance? In this notable documentary David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University, tries to pin down exactly what chance is, and how it works in the real world.

The Arts Page

September 19th / 6:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The season two premiere features segments intended to delight and inform viewers, and throw a spotlight on the arts and creative community in the Milwaukee area, the state and region, and the nation. The Arts Page is a 30-minute weekly series hosted by Sandy Maxx. Each episode features four to five segments on the arts and culture--short performances, interviews, profiles of well-known and not-so-well-known artists, and much more.

Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking

September 19th / 7:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking takes viewers on a culinary journey with host Pete Evans, Australia's top celebrity chef, and America's most innovative food artisans. Each of the 13 half-hour episodes features a pop-up feast in settings from California's wine country to the bustling skyline of NYC, where Pete and local chefs source the finest ingredients and work against the clock to prepare a multi-course menu for a ravenous group of foodies. (1 of 13)

Great Performances

The Hollow Crown: Richard II

September 20th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

King Richard (Ben Whishaw) is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke (Rory Kinnear) and Thomas Mowbray (James Purefoy). Richard calls for a duel but then halts it just before swords clash. Both men are banished from the realm. Richard visits John of Gaunt (Patrick Stewart), Bolingbroke's Father, who, in the throes of death, reprimands the King. After seizing Gaunt's money and lands, Richard leaves for wars against the rebels in Ireland. Bolingbroke returns to claim back his inheritance. Supported by his allies, Northumberland (David Morrissey) and the Duke of York (David Suchet), Bolingbroke takes Richard prisoner and lays claim to the throne.

God's Greatest Hits

September 21st / 5:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Explore some of the most powerful pieces of music ever written. A fascinating music and entertainment special, the program interweaves breathtaking performances of the beloved spirituals "Amazing Grace," "Hallelujah" (from Handel's Messiah), "Ave Maria," "Wade in the Water" and "Abide with Me" with enlightening historical commentary from music critics, world class musicians and religious experts.

The Cafe

September 21st / 8:31 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Stan is busy plotting a big surprise for Carol, one that is sadly scuppered by the arrival of Phil, a photographer hired by Brenda to shoot a Weston tourist brochure, who also happens to be Carol's ex-husband and Sarah's dad.

Globe Trekker

Madrid City Guide

September 22nd / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Adela visits exciting Madrid, taking in the artwork at the Prado, "El Rastro," the city's famous flea market, Spanish Civil War landmarks and samples the fabulous cuisine. She also takes excursions to nearby El Escorial, the Roman aqueducts of Segovia and the charming hillside town of Toledo.


Palermo's Pizza & Union Petition

September 22nd / 6:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Palermo's Pizza employee Raul de la Torre is interviewed. Vicko Alvarez of the Steelworkers Union and Chris Dresselhuyes, director of marketing at Palermo's discuss the status of the conflict that began when workers signed a union petition back in May. Host and Producer: Patricia Gomez.

Great Romances of the 20th Century

Evita Duarte and Juan Peron

September 22nd / 9:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Was it simply love for Juan Peron, or burning ambition, that set Evita on the road from rags to riches and corruption to become Argentina's First Lady? This episode unlocks the secret to one of some of the most romantic stories ever told. (10 of 15)


Best Kept Secret

September 23rd / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

At a public school in Newark, New Jersey, the staff answers the phone by saying, "You've reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark's best-kept secret." JFK provides an exceptional environment for students with special-education needs. Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young men for four years, is on an urgent mission. She races against the clock as graduation approaches for her severely autistic minority students. Once they graduate and leave the security of this nurturing place, their options for living independently will be few. Mino must help them find the means to support themselves before they "age out" of the system.

Genealogy Roadshow


September 23rd / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Follow a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories. Nashville is a vibrant cultural crossroad in the American South. While it is the capital of country music and a centerpiece of Civil War history, it's known for much more. The city rose to prominence within the shipping industry, and its post-Civil War prosperity led to an explosion in architecture, education and the arts. Its abundant opportunities led to population swells of Mexican, Cambodian and Iraqi immigrants. Nashville's Jewish community laid roots in the area more than 150 years ago, and an influx of Kurdish immigrants in recent years has given the city its new nickname, "Little Kurdistan". (1 of 4)

The Ambassador

September 24th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

THE AMBASSADOR is a powerful, thrilling drama set in a world of deception, mistrust and betrayal. Pauline Collins plays Ambassador Harriet Smith, who holds one of Britain's most coveted and powerful Embassy posts. John Stone, played by Denis Lawson, is Harriet's determined commercial attaché and main aide. But Stone also answers to another master - MI6 (the British Intelligence Agency). The Ambassador's job as troubleshooter for Britain takes her into a sinister and dangerous world far removed from the cocktail parties of Downing Street.

Skeletons of the Sahara

September 25th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This film tells the story of scientist Paul Sereno's amazing discovery of a prehistoric human burial ground in the middle of one of the world's most forbidding desert. Sereno, one of the world's leading experts in finding fossils of dinosaurs and ancient crocodiles, is on an expedition to Niger, in Saharan Africa. Six weeks into a three-month journey, Sereno's team makes an unexpected discovery. They find human bones, the last remnants of a people who lived from 5,000-10,000 years ago when this now forbidding landscape was a thriving culture on the edge of a vast lake.

Our Time Is Now

September 28th / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Six New Mexico teenagers strive to finish high school, face challenges and pursue their dreams.

Pati's Mexican Table


September 28th / 5:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Quesadillas, where simple tortillas meet the ecstasy of cheese, and other fillings! Pati looks at Mexican quesadillas prepared three completely different ways, including: Ham and Cheese Sincronizadas; Oaxacan Mushroom and Cheese Quesadillas; Plantain and Refried Bean Quesadillas; Guajillo Chile Salsa. (1 of 13)

Autism: Emerging from the Maze

September 29th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The research and advancements in autism treatment at the UC Davis MIND Institute are examined; and, a look is taken at how Sutter Heath is helping autistic adults.

Who Cares About Kelsey?

September 30th / 10:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Kelsey Carroll has one goal--to graduate from high school. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, sexual abuse, and ADHD. This is the story of Kelsey's transformation from a defiant and disruptive "problem student" to a motivated and self-confident young woman.

Collision Course: Teen Addiction Epidemic

September 30th / 11:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Experts explain why young people are so susceptible to addiction. They present practical advice on identifying symptoms and offer resources for getting help.

Independent Lens

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

September 30th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This film follows the real life rock 'n' roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime's worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.