MPTV Premieres & Highlights: October 2013

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Fred MacMurray: The Guy Next Door

October 4th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Amiable and unassuming, Fred MacMurray went from small-town boy to one of Hollywood and television's most enduring stars. MacMurray signed his first contract with Paramount Studios in 1934, and quickly rose to play romantic lead roles opposite such major stars as Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, Katharine Hepburn, Paulette Goddard and Marlene Deitrich. However, his true talents were revealed when he went against type and appeared as a murderer opposite Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder's film-noir classic Double Indemnity (1944). Other roles, including the cowardly naval lieutenant in The Caine Mutiny (1954) and the cynical executive in The Apartment (1960), helped define MacMurray as a major acting talent. The life and career of Fred MacMurray is traced.

Zipcode: Your Neighborhood, Your Health

October 5th / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

A look is taken at how the environment in which we work, live and play is the ultimate determinant of how healthy we are.

Movie: Splendor in the Grass (1961)

October 5th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

In 1925 Kansas, a teenage girl (Natalie Wood) suffers an emotional breakdown following a platonic love affair. This is Warren Beatty's film debut. Also starring Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie and Fred Stewart. Written by William Inge, an Oscar-winner at the 34th Academy Awards.

Elton John In Concert

October 5th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Legendary artist Elton John returns to the stage for a specially staged concert. With a hit list spanning 5 decades Elton performs many of his hits including "Your Song", "Rocket Man" and "Candle in the Wind" as well as Elton's new single "Home Again" from his 30th album "The Diving Board".

The Spice Trail

Pepper & Cinnamon

October 5th / 9:04 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

BBC presenter Kate Humble uncovers the story of the most heavily traded spice in the world--pepper in India. She then heads south to the cinnamon lands of Sri Lanka, a place shrouded in mystery for Europeans until the Portuguese accidentally landed on its shores. (1 of 3)

Masterpiece Classic

The Paradise, Part One

October 6th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This adaptation of the beloved French novel by Emile Zola is a rags-to-riches story of a young woman seduced by the dangerous charms of the modern world. Set against the Victorian splendor of a British department store, "The Paradise" follows Denise Lovett (Joanna Vanderham) who lands a job as a shop girl and finds herself facing a future filled with never-before-imagined opportunities.

Peg + Cat

The Chicken Problem

October 7th / 8:00 am / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Peg, Cat and Richard must get 100 chickens away from Big Mouth and back to their spaceship.

Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth

October 7th / 11:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

"Papers" is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status.


Brooklyn Castle

October 7th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn is a powerhouse in junior high chess competitions and has won more than 30 national championships, the most of any school in the country. Its 85-member squad boasts so many strong players that the late Albert Einstein, a dedicated chess maven, would rank fourth if he were on the team. "Brooklyn Castle" is the story of five of the school's aspiring young players and how chess became the school's unlikely inspiration for academic success.


League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

October 8th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America's indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has covered up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. In a special two-part investigation, FRONTLINE reveals the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries, drawn from the book "League of Denial". The investigation details how, for years, the league denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, death, and other devastating consequences.

4th Street Forum

Moving Forward Together, Part 1: Our Region, Our City, and the Issues

October 11th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The Milwaukee metro region has four counties and over 1.5 million people. Our diversity is immense. We like our separate geographic identities. But is metro Milwaukee really one big region, with common problems and successes? Must we broaden our self-image to gain economic and personal success in this changing world? Marcus White hosts.

Exploration Health

October 12th / 7:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

An overactive bladder is a bladder that works overtime and not in a good way! Patients, Patients explain how they've found ways to control their overactive bladder. Hear about standard therapies and newer innovative treatments that are making a difference in patients' lives. Plus, the latest advances in Shoulder Replacement Surgery are highlighted. (1 of 2)

The Adventists 2

October 12th / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

The little-known story is told of the Seventh-day Adventists' medical mission work around the world and their more than century-old commitment to provide health and healing in some of the most remote regions on earth. It is filmed in Haiti, Brazil, China, Africa, Peru and the Dominican Republic. (The first film explored the story of Seventh-day Adventists - who they are and why they are among the healthiest people on the planet.)

Movie: Raising Arizona (1987)

October 12th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

A loser (Nicolas Cage) and his wife (Holly Hunter) kidnap a quintuplet from an unfinished-furniture store magnate. Also starring Trey Wilson, John Goodman and William Forsythe.

Masterpiece Classic

Downton Abbey, Series II - Part One

October 13th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Multiple Emmy winner "Downton Abbey" resumes the story of aristocrats and servants of Downton Abbey during the tumultuous World War I era. Two years into the war, Matthew (Dan Stevens) and other young men go to war--or avoid it. The women also pitch in, and many couples see their romantic dreams dashed.


56 Up

October 14th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In 1964, a group of British seven-year-olds were interviewed about their lives and dreams in a groundbreaking television documentary, "Seven Up." Since then, in one of the greatest projects in television history, renowned director Michael Apted has returned to film the same subjects every seven years, tracking their ups and downs. POV, which presented the U.S. broadcast premiere of "49 Up" in 2007, returns with "56 Up" to find the group settling into middle age and surprisingly upbeat.

Teen Connection

Latino Teens

October 15th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

A panel of Latino youth discuss what the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals means to them. They also talk about what they like/dislike about school, hardships, participating in extra-curricular activities, speaking Spanish and English, fear of parents being deported, having strong family ties and a work ethic, their heritage, culture and their spirituality.

Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

Truth, Justice, and the American Way (1938-1958)

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

This series examines the art form of the comic book superhero and its complex relationship with American culture. During the Depression, the popularity of dozens of superhero characters opens the door for a new generation of artists and writers. World War II creates a patriotic fervor for star-spangled adventurers to represent the American spirit at war and on the home front, but in the 1950s, superheroes are caught in the fire of government scrutiny and regulation. When the thrilling "Adventures of Superman" is broadcast on the new medium of television, America's first and greatest superhero leads the entire comic book industry to renewed strength. (1 of 3)

Raw To Ready


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

Explore the science, innovation and sheer genius it takes to transform the most basic ingredients into powerhouse machines. A look is taken at the massive 232-ton, two-story-tall dump truck with a load capacity of 320 tons -the Komatsu 930-E. This amazing engineering achievement is made possible by five essential raw ingredients: coal, chromium, mineral oil, latex rubber and sulphuric acid, an electron superhighway that generates massive power. (1 of 4)

Great Performances

Great Performances' 40th Anniversary Celebration

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

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, GREAT PERFORMANCES hosts an all-star homecoming on the stage of the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Through performance and remembrance, a stellar roster of diverse alumni share their personal stories of what GREAT PERFORMANCES means to them as America's only ongoing primetime stage for all varieties of the performing arts. Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, New York City Ballet's Peter Martins, Patti Austin with Take 6, Met Opera star Elina Garanca and Michael Buble are among the guest stars gathering to applaud the four decades of performing arts that have been available to "viewers like you" across America.

Our Nation's Health: A Focus On Social Determinants

October 19th / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

John King of CNN and expert panelists examine the wide-ranging impacts of social determinants on Americans' health and our nation's healthcare model. Topics include the connection between social determinants and health; how addressing seemingly everyday social and environmental issues can have a positive impact on health; and, programs that have a positive impact on health status and outcomes.

Start Up

Zombies, Pickles and Cheese Oh My!

October 19th / 10:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

This series offers an up-close and personal look into the world of the modern American entrepreneur. Gary Bredow and the crew travel to Milwaukee to meet with the "Gouda Girls" to find out how they started an award winning grilled cheese food truck. In Detroit, they profile "McClures Pickles," a company that started at a farmers market and is now a global brand. In Pittsburgh, they meet with "House of the Dead," a zombie store that has customers dying to buy some zombie swag. (1 of 13)

Movie: Separate Tables (1958)

October 19th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

An alleged war hero (David Niven), a spinster (Deborah Kerr) and other long-term guests interact at a seaside British resort. Also starring Rita Hayworth, Burt Lancaster and Wendy Hiller. This movie was nominated for seven Oscars. Niven won for Best Actor and Hiller for Best Supporting Actress.

Independent Lens

The Waiting Room

October 21st / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Highland Hospital, a vital part of Oakland, California and the surrounding county, is stretched to the breaking point. It is the primary care facility for 250,000 patients of nearly every nationality, race, and religion, with 250 patients crowding its emergency room every day. Hospital staff explains how they're battling through seismic shifts in the nation's healthcare system, while weathering the storm of a national recession.

Overture Center for the Arts: Tommy Awards

October 21st / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This special honors and celebrates excellence in musical theater production among area high school students. Musicals of participating schools are reviewed by a panel of educators, theater experts and industry professionals. Productions and individuals receive awards in specific categories at a ceremony held each year at Overture Center in Madison, WI. The ceremony also features performances and production numbers from award winners in several categories. (Overture's Tommy Awards are named in honor of local musical theater hero Tom Wopat, critically acclaimed and Tony Award-nominated singer and actor.)

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)"

October 22nd / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The Black Atlantic explores the truly global experiences that created the African American people. Beginning a full century before the first documented '20-and-odd' slaves arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on these shores. (1 of 6)

Masterpiece Mystery!

Poirot XI: The Clocks

October 24th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Poirot (David Suchet) is asked to assist in a murder investigation to determine if a young woman is responsible for the crime. But mounting complications in the case, including multiple frozen clocks, lead the detective to suspect an international political cover-up.

Craft In America


October 25th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

"Forge" profiles exceptional artists who are transforming metal by fire. Follow young Chloe Darke as she begins her career as a silversmith at Old Newbury Crafters; Iraqi war veterans Tom Pullin and Jeremiah Holland turn to art as an antidote to the harsh realities of war; and Albert Paley, master metal sculptor, uses knowledge from his 50-year career to build monumental artworks for New York City's Park Avenue. (1 of 3)

Raisin in the Sun Revisited: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage

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

The 1959 drama, "A Raisin in the Sun," was the first Broadway play to depict the strength and humanity of an African-American family striving for a piece of the American dream. More than 50 years later, playwright Bruce Norris created "Clybourne Park," a prequel and sequel that takes place in the same Chicago house and revisits the questions of race, real estate and gentrification in America. Inspired by the two plays, Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of Baltimore's Center Stage, penned a third play, "Beneatha's Place", which follows two of the Raisin characters to Nigeria and its post-colonial struggles. Producers James Arntz and John Paulson present this performance documentary capturing the history and legacy of Raisin and the backstage challenges of mounting two issue-driven plays simultaneously.

Out On A Limb

October 26th / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

The evolution of prosthetics is explored, including the exciting advancements being made at the intersection of neuroscience, engineering and robotics. A science story and a human story, this documentary shows the impact of this transformative science, as revolutionary prosthetics move from the lab to the bodies of amputees, and particularly to children with limb loss, who stand to benefit the most.

Movie: Wait Until Dark (1967

October 26th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Intruders search a blind woman's (Audrey Hepburn) Greenwich Village apartment for a heroin-filled doll. Also starring Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna. Music by Henry Mancini.

Himalaya with Michael Palin

North By Northwest

October 26th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Michael Palin begins a 2000-mile journey across a region of might, majesty and mystery, encountering new extremes of wealth and poverty, intense heat and freezing cold. Beginning at the Khyber Pass, Michael Palin takes the Khyber steam railway through the North-West Frontier Province, home of the Pathan people, a fierce race who live by the philosophy of hospitality and revenge. (1 of 6)

Secrets of the Tower of London

October 27th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1000 years, this formidable fortress has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armory and the Royal Mint. Over the centuries it has gone from a symbol of imperialism and tyranny to a national treasure- the protector of the crown jewels and many other historic British traditions. Cameras go behind the Tower's ancient walls, opening it up to expose its secrets and stories.

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

October 28th / 7:00 am / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

During his first Halloween in the country, George explores the legend of a hat-kicking scarecrow.

Cemetery Special

October 28th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

This celebration of cemeteries across America takes an unusual and informative look at how graves, monuments, family plots, and sculptures in America's cemeteries have interconnected with many aspects of modern American culture. Traveling from Key West to central Alaska, the program features examples of burial grounds as special sites where history and art are preserved.

Independent Lens

The Graduates

October 28th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The Latino dropout crisis is examined through the eyes of six inspiring young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. These student profiles offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy and pressure to contribute to the family finances.
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October 29th / 6:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

¡Adelante! looks at change and progress, highlighting the contributions of Latino individuals and organizations to the community. Host and Producer: Patricia Gomez.

War of the Worlds: American Experience

October 29th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

On October 30, 1938, the night before Halloween, millions of Americans gathered around their radios and heard a news bulletin about strange explosions on Mars, followed by other reports that led them to believe an alien invasion was in progress. Relive the thrill of Orson Welles' infamous radio dramatization of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, 75 years after it set off one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history.

Inside The Pfister, A Milwaukee Hotel Icon

October 31st / 7:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

For 120 years, The Pfister Hotel has served as a hospitality gateway to Milwaukee. Journalist Mark Siegrist goes behind the scenes to capture the daily rhythm, tradition, and luxury service of this treasured landmark. The documentary features breathtaking video of the Pfister's architectural beauty, and explains how the hotel is embracing the arts and social media to maintain a strong sense of community.

Masterpiece Mystery!

Poirot XI: Hallowe'en Party

October 31st / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Ariadne Oliver (Zoe Wanamaker, Harry Potter) returns to join forces with Poirot to investigate a drowning at a Hallowe'en Party. As they look further, they uncover a series of mysterious deaths in the village that could be connected. Adapted by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock).