MPTV Premieres & Highlights: June 2014

Space Racers

June 1st / 9:00 am / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The half-hour animated series focuses on the adventures of five spaceships -- Eagle, Robyn, Hawk, Starling and Raven -- each with unique abilities and skills that help them explore the Solar System and accomplish scientific missions. Eager to emulate their favorite television hero, Captain Cosmos, cadets Eagle, Robyn and Hawk zoom off into space - only to encounter powerful solar flares that hurtle them down onto the surface of an unfamiliar planet.

D-Day 360

June 1st / 10:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On the day itself, 14,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 5,000 ships delivered 30,000 military vehicles and 160,000 soldiers onto the beaches. Once on the shore, the troops had to negotiate six million mines buried in the sand, 500, 000 fearsome beach obstacles and hundreds of miles of barbed wire, while dodging the shells and bullets fired by half-a-million German defenders. Using LiDAR technology, this film re-creates the landscape--pulling back for the big picture and zooming in to a close-up of a single soldier on the battlefield.

Eagles of Mercy

June 1st / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

In the early hours of June 6, 1944, two young American medics with the 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles" parachuted into France, and soon found themselves trapped in a 12th-century Norman church. Medics Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore provided first aid to the first casualties of D-Day while a savage battle raged outside between American and German forces. Wright and Moore recount the rigors of basic training, parachuting into Normandy ahead of the amphibious landing on Utah Beach, surviving German anti-aircraft artillery and carrying on their life-saving work even when their unit retreated.

Lent at Ephesus

June 1st / 6:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The Benedictines of Mary are not only a monastic order of nuns -- they are also chart-topping sisters crowned Billboard's Top Traditional Classical Album Artist for two years straight. A behind-the-scenes look is taken inside the monastery in rural Missouri, to tell the fascinating story of how the sisters made their album, and to capture their way of life.

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: The Definitive Performances

June 1st / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Three decades of performances by one of the most successful singing groups of all-time are presented with re-mastered sound and video. A wealth of classic songs are featured, including "Shop Around," "Mickey's Monkey," "Ooo Baby Baby," "The Tracks of My Tears," "Going to a Go-Go," "I Second That Emotion," and the No. 1, million-selling hit "The Tears of a Clown." Interviews with Smokey Robinson and original Miracles Pete Moore and Bobby Rogers add valuable insight on the history of the group, Motown, and their incredible songs.

Masterpiece Mystery!

Inspector Lewis, Series VI: Intelligent Design

June 1st / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Lewis (Kevin Whately) and Hathaway (Laurence Fox) are called in to examine the brutal death of a chemistry professor recently released from prison. There may be a connection to the discovery of a murdered Oxford student reported lost for 15 years. As more casualties and suspects emerge, Lewis considers his future on the force. Edward Fox (Ghandi, "Foyle's War") guest stars.

Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust-The Bridge to Russia

June 2nd / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This historic 1987 concert restored in HD features performances from six concerts in Moscow and Leningrad that have been re-mastered with six previously unreleased songs. It features classic hits from Joel's 1986 album "The Bridge" and a cover of the Beatles' "Back in the U.S.S.R." Joel is captured at his electrifying best in this series of stadium concerts with other hits, including "Only the Good Die Young," "Big Shot," "Uptown Girl," "A Matter of Trust," and "Allentown".


June 2nd / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

A compelling global journey is taken in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

Yanni: World Without Borders

June 3rd / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

With more than 40 platinum and gold albums and sales totaling over 25 million copies to his credit, Yanni has amazed millions on every continent with his live shows. Travel the world with the composer/performer whose music transcends borders and boundaries and speaks to people of all races and nations. This unique behind-the-scenes special follows Yanni and his orchestra as they perform concerts in more than two dozen countries.

Doc Martin Revealed

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

A behind-the-scenes look is taken at the production of Doc Martin-Series 6. Shot on location in Port Isaac, Cornwall, England. Cameras offer an inside look at the actors and crew as they film sequences on the balcony at Large's Restaurant and in the nearby pub that doubles for the Crab & Lobster.

Great Performances Special

Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden

June 3rd / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Recorded at New York City's famed arena, concert highlights include a show-stopping collection of Buble's hits as well as selections from his album, Crazy Love. Supplementing the concert sequences are behind the scenes documentary segments, offering an intimate portrait of the Canadian singing sensation leading up to his landmark MSG concert.


Earth From Space

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

Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate web of forces that sustains life on earth. Imagery shows how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the sun's heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane.

The Arts Page

June 5th / 6:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

A unique exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee features the influence of Jews in rock and roll/popular music over the last 60 years. Timothy Westbrook, best known for his appearance on "Project Runway," focuses on sustainable fiber art, putting his mark on Milwaukee art and fashion. The restoration process of the Taddeus Kosciuszko statue in Milwaukee is explored. Sandy Maxx hosts.

Il Volo We Are Love

June 5th / 7:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The three young Italian tenors, Piero Barone (19), Ignazio Boschetto(18) and Gianluca Ginoble (17) perform at The Fillmore Theatre in Miami, Florida. The concert showcases a stunning vocal framework by songwriter/producer Mark Portmann (Celine Dion, Josh Groban) and Latin Grammy winner Edgar Cortazar. Il Volo shows off their multilingual prowess, as they sing in English, Spanish, French and Italian. Recorded: March 26, 2013.

Australian Pink Floyd Show: Eclipsed by the Moon

June 5th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Australian Pink Floyd, the worldwide-touring tribute band, recreates the musical and visual concert experience of one of rock music's most iconic groups. Featuring founding members Steve Mac and Jason Sawford, the band has been performing the Pink Floyd catalogue for more than 20 years and has played to more than three million fans worldwide.

The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute

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

With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of the Beatle's classics, the Fab Four will make you think you are back in time rockin' with John, Paul, George and Ringo! They perform record-perfect live performances of "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day In The Life," "Penny Lane," "Here Comes The Sun," "Hey Jude" and many more!

50's and 60's Party Songs (My Music)

June 6th / 9:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Chubby Checker hits the stage to perform the #1 dance of all time--"The Twist"! He also presents original archival performances from the 1950s and 1960s that had American teens dancing. Other dance and party tunes from rock pioneers are featured, including hits from Bill Haley and Little Richard, frat rock bands The Kingsmen and Tommy James, The Shondells, and hits by Motown masters.

Joy Bauer's Food Remedies

June 7th / 1:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Anyone who has ever tried to make a commitment to healthy eating knows the obstacles--the dizzying number of choices in grocery stores and restaurants; the crazy, on-the-go schedules of every member of the family; the relentless hype and marketing surrounding fatty and sugary snack foods; and the powerful appetites fueled by habits, traditions, and humongous portion sizes. Joy Bauer explores and explains these serious health issues in a fun and friendly format - all with a step-by-step action plan.

Magic Moments--The Best of '50s Pop

June 7th / 6:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Hosted by Mary Lou Metzker, Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone, Debbie Reynolds, and Patti Page, this special features a cavalcade of 1950s pop music recording legends, reuniting and performing their biggest hits. Tribute montages also highlight the superstar '50s pop icons that have passed on in recent years.

Suze Orman's Financial Solutions for You

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

Suze explains how to manage money and make smarter choices towards an economically secure future. She offers advice on how to invest; whether to buy or rent a home; saving for retirement; what kind of life insurance to buy; wills and trusts; student loans and more.

Navy Heroes of Normandy

June 7th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

On June 6, 1944 (D-Day), more than 52,000 American sailors on board thousands of ships arrived off a quiet stretch of coast in Normandy, France. 1,068 Americans died in the initial assault on Hitler's fortressed coastline---no monument stood to honor their sacrifices. This special chronicles the building and dedication of the first-ever U.S. Navy monument in Normandy. In an emotional climax, a large gathering of dignitaries, French citizens and D-Day veterans witness the installation and dedication of the 12-foot-tall bronze sculpture on France's Utah Beach, a long-overdue official recognition for the crucial role they played on that fateful day.

Tribute to Les Paul - Thank You, Les

June 8th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

A star-studded line-up of performers honors guitar legend Les Paul and his beloved music and styles. Lou Pallo, the guitarist who was at Les' side for nearly 40-years leads them through the songs Les loved. Interviews with Les' musicians and friends provide insight to Les Paul's genius, industry impact, endless drive and sense of humor.

Teen Connection

Human Trafficking

June 10th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Teen Connection explores the growing concern over sex trafficking, and the increase in Wisconsin cases. Experts explain how advancements in technology and social media have made it easier for exploiters to find victims and customers.

Civil War: The Untold Story

Bloody Shiloh

June 11th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

With the 1860 election of anti-slavery candidate Abraham Lincoln, the divisions between North and South reached their breaking point. Thirteen states from the South seceded and formed the Confederate States of America. Union military leaders, along with Lincoln himself, realized that ending the rebellion rested on controlling the Western Theater territory, the area between the Appalachians and the Mississippi River. This series examines this well-documented conflict through the lens of the Western Campaign, which dramatically shaped the final outcome of the Civil War. Narrated by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey). (1 of 5)

Addicted to Pleasure


June 13th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Brian Cox (Rise of The Planet of the Apes, Deadwood, The Bourne Identity) embarks on an entertaining and revealing journey to uncover how Britain's commercial exploitation of sugar, alcohol, opium and tobacco redefined the world's relationship to health, diet and the pursuit of pleasure. In the first of four parts, Cox starts in Barbados and discovers how the British acquired a 'sweet tooth' and why today, this has led to epidemic levels of diabetes, obesity and even addiction to sugar. (1 of 4)

The Grove

June 14th / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

The AIDS pandemic has killed 22 million people worldwide, but few know about the existence of the National AIDS Memorial, a seven-acre grove hidden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. THE GROVE chronicles this garden's transformation from a neglected eyesore to landscaped sanctuary to national memorial.

Great Performances

Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration

June 15th / 1:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Located in the scenic Berkshires region of western Massachusetts, Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the venue for a variety of concerts and events. In celebration of Tanglewood's 75th anniversary, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (led by conductors John Williams, Keith Lockhart and Andris Nelsons) and iconic Tanglewood artists Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Serkin and James Taylor perform.

Independent Lens

The New Black

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

During a historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this film goes into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

Anyone and Everyone

June 15th / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Families from Utah to North Carolina and Wyoming to New York, share their stories of having a gay child. This poignant and often heartbreaking documentary by first-time filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz (also the parent of a gay son) depicts families representing a wide range of religions, nationalities and political leanings.

Pennsylvania Ballet at 50

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

The Pennsylvania Ballet's 50th anniversary is celebrated with special performances and interviews. A ballet of bold movements and heartfelt emotion, Part I of Christopher Wheeldon's "After the Rain" opens the program. "Under the Sun Pas de Deux" by Margo Sappington is a fairytale fantasy ballet inspired by American sculptor Alexander Calder's mobiles, miniature circus, mechanized sculpture and sense of humor. "Diamonds" from Jewels by George Balanchine, is the third section of a three-act ballet that uses music from three composers and recalls the order and grandeur of Imperial Russia and the Maryinsky Theater, where Balanchine was trained.

American Pharaoh

June 16th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Go behind the scenes with the Egyptian national soccer team the "Pharaohs" and its American coach, Bob Bradley, as the team attempts to qualify for soccer's ultimate event for the first time in more than 20 years--the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Great Museums: "Elevated Thinking" The High Line in New York City

June 16th / 11:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Susan Sarandon narrates the story of uniquely captivating public space--the High Line Park in New York City. Recycled from a defunct elevated railroad, High Line Park hovers 30 feet in the air and winds through 22 blocks of Manhattan. This "self-sown wilderness" of woodlands, thickets, prairies and meadows rises above busy streets and runs from the historic Meatpacking neighborhood through the Chelsea Art District to Hell's Kitchen.

Sahara with Michael Palin

A Line in the Sand

June 16th / 8:58 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Michael Palin explores nine fascinating countries and their cultures during a trek across the Sahara Desert. Gibraltar is the launching pad, and with a 21-gun salute in honor of the Queen's birthday ringing in his ears, he crosses the Straits to Tangier in Morocco. It is only after pausing in Fez and Marrakech, and scaling the High Atlas, that Michael enters real desert. The inhospitable land is softened by the warmth shown by the Sahawari people, who guide Michael south to the Mauritanian border. Here he climbs aboard the 'longest train in the world', breaking his journey at Chinguetti. (1 of 4)

PBS Previews: The Roosevelts

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

Patricia Clarkson previews Ken Burns' upcoming film, THE ROOSEVELTS. The grand estates and intimate cottages of the Roosevelts are explored, tracing more than a century of life with this influential family. Ken Burns is profiled, as he records the voices of the stars reading the diaries, letters and contemporary accounts of this noteworthy family.

Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black

June 21st / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Leaving a promising art career behind, Pittsburgh native Elizabeth Black (1912-1983) joined the American Red Cross at the height of World War II. On special assignment, she sketched hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen throughout Europe and sent the treasured portraits to worried families back home. Seventy years later, Black's son uncovered photographs of her work. Black's lost art career and her distinguished service during World War II is explored. It also captures memorable scenes of amazed families finally receiving the lost portraits, some of which capture loved ones killed in action.

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

June 21st / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

A likable Southern loner (Paul Newman) on a chain gang transforms the other gang members as he resists the captain and keeps trying to escape. Also starring George Kennedy and Strother Martin. Based on Donn Pearce's novel of the same title.

Great Performances at the Met


June 22nd / 1:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Renee Fleming sings the enchanting "Song to the Moon" in Dvorak's soulful fairy-tale opera. The opera is about a water mermaid's tragic romance with a human prince, drawn from several folktale sources including Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid". Star conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads a cast that also includes Piotr Beczala as the handsome Prince whom Rusalka yearns to love; Dolora Zajick as the cackling swamp witch Jezibaba; Emily Magee as the Foreign Princess, Rusalka's rival; and John Relyea as Rusalka's father, the Water Sprite.

The Day It Snowed In Miami

June 22nd / 10:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The political activism behind an equal-rights statute in Miami is traced. On Jan. 18, 1977, as snowflakes prepared to dust palm trees in a city known for its warmth, a throng of conservatives led by singer Anita Bryant packed the downtown commission chambers to protest anti-discrimination legislation. The commissioners ultimately passed the ordinance, but Bryant vowed to lead a repeal -- and succeeded. The ordinance set back the gay-rights movement for decades; it took more than 20 years for Miami-Dade to revive and pass the law.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

June 22nd / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Frederick Law Olmsted made enormous contributions to the American landscape and is known as the father of American landscape architecture. He was co-designer of Central Park, head of the first Yosemite commission, designer of the U.S. Capitol Grounds, planner of Boston's "Emerald Necklace" of green space and of park systems in many other cities. A glimpse is taken into Olmsted's life, exploring why he considered parks a work of art and a necessity for urban life.

Secrets of the Underground London

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

A chronological look is taken at the natural and man-made wonders beneath London. It features a large section on the London Underground, how it was built, its use during World War II, the ghost stations and stories and the museum. The film also highlights the lost river fleet, the sewer system, the Brunel Tunnel and the Churchill War Rooms, to name a few.

Give It All Away: Newman's Own Recipe for Success

June 23rd / 11:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Paul Newman's legacy of giving is traced, beginning with the evolution of Newman's Own Foundation food company--the brainchild of Newman and writer A.E. Hotchner. To date, the foundation has distributed more than $370 million to thousands of programs throughout the U.S. and around the globe. Some of the nonprofit beneficiaries and the inspirational people behind them are profiled.

Black Nouveau

Our Right to Vote

June 24th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This BLACK NOUVEAU special chronicles the challenges and milestones that minorities and women have faced to fully exercise their civic right and responsibility to vote. It looks at how the nation has moved from a voting pool open to only some white male property owners to be more inclusive of all citizens. It looks at historic efforts and current issues and events in Wisconsin politics as well.

Freedom Summer: American Experience

June 24th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In 1964, fewer than 7 percent of Mississippi's African Americans were registered to vote, compared to between 50 and 70 percent in other southern states. Freedom Summer highlights an overlooked but essential element of the civil rights movement: the patient and long-term efforts by outside activists and local citizens in Mississippi to organize communities and register African American voters -- even in the face of intimidation, physical violence and death.


Poster Child

June 26th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

When respected surgeon, Dan Marsden, is shot dead days before his retirement and his teen daughters, Mira and Karen, abducted, Detective Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) and her team, face a race against time to track down the killer and save the sisters.

Great Performances at the Met

Prince Igor

June 29th / 1:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Borodin's defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production is a psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting. The cast also includes Ukrainian soprano Oksana Dyka in her Met debut as Igor's wife, Yaroslavna; Anita Rachvelishvili as the fiery Polovtsian princess Konchakovna; Russian tenor Sergey Semishkur in his Met debut as Igor's son, Vladimir Igorevich; Mikhail Petrenko as Yaroslavna's brother, Prince Galitsky; and Stefan Kocan as Khan Konchak, leader of the Polovtsian forces.

Last Tango In Halifax

June 29th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

As Alan and Celia seize the day, Gillian spirals into a dark place as skeletons surface. Caroline's fractious relationship with John leads her to rethink living arrangements, as she makes a bold decision involving Kate.


June 29th / 9:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Elderly gay couple Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) are delighted to meet new, young neighbor Ash. They are almost equally delighted to hear of an old friend's death. Tragic, of course - but it does mean they can host a wake.