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March Primetime Premieres on MPTV 10.1 HD & 36.1 DT

March 2, 2010


Milwaukee, WI - The MPTV schedule of premieres for channels 10.1 HD and 36.1 DT offers the expected high quality mix of history, entertainment, medical advancements, scientific findings, seasonal specials, nature, local flavor, and human stories. Among the month's premieres offerings are: First Lady Dolley Madison, planet Pluto, `20s flappers, polka master Jimmy Sturr, Irish heartthrob Daniel O'Donnell, Canadian rising star Michael Buble, diabetes pioneer Dr. Neal Barnard, Breast Cancer Survivor World Cup, real-life Tarzan Oliver Houalet, police women, and Milwaukee's fish fries. The complete listing of programs, including weekend and late night premieres and repeats can be found at www.mptv.org. An alphabetic listing of premieres follows the chronological listing descriptions.

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 / 6:30 PM / 10.1 HD
I Remember "Else Ankel, Ph.D."
Host Jim Peck speaks with founding director of the Urban Ecology Center, Else Ankel, Ph.D. As an environmental scientist-in-residence at Riverside High School, Dr. Ankel was the catalyst for a grass roots effort to revitalize Riverside Park, and helped found the Urban Ecology Center.
00:28:16 / #1614H / WMVS

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 / 8 PM / 10.1 HD
Dolley Madison: American Experience
Style icon, extravagant hostess, humanitarian, doting mother, trusted political advisor, and diplomat. These are the roles we now expect in a First Lady, roles created by President James Madison's wife, Dolley. As the "first First Lady," she used her unelected position to legitimize the nation's new capital, to create a political and social style for the new country and to give Americans a sense of their own national identity. This portrait features Tony Award-nominee Eve Best (Nurse Jackie) as Dolley Madison and Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays as James Madison.
01:26 / #2204 / PBS (DVS)

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 / 9:30 PM / 10.1 HD
Morristown: Where America Survived
The "hard winter" of 1779-80 is revisited, when General George Washington's troops arrived at the densely wooded area just south of Morristown, known as Jockey Hollow, to build a log hut city for their winter camp. The film is an eye-opening look at how the camp saved the army and the American Revolution--from the brink of disaster. Based on John T. Cunningham's book, "The Uncertain Revolution" and shot at Morristown National Historical Park in New Jersey, the program is narrated by award-winning actor Edward Herrmann.
00:26:46 / #0H / PBS0

TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 10.1 HD
NOVA "Pluto Files"
Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has held a warm place in the public imagination. So, when the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium stopped calling Pluto a planet, director Neil deGrasse Tyson found himself at the center of a firestorm led by angry, Pluto-loving elementary school students. But what is it about this cold, distant rock that captures so many hearts? NOVA joins Tyson as he follows the story of its discovery and the science that surrounds this former planet, including the possibility of finding more Pluto-like planets in the mysterious Kuiper belt - an area of icy rocks at the edge of the solar system.
00:56:46 / #3706H / PBS0

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Frontline "The Suicide Tourist"
Do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable, or when we enter the late stages of painful, terminal illness? With unique access to Dignitas, the Swiss non-profit that has helped over 1,000 people die since 1998, Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky offers a revealing look at a couple facing the most difficult decision of their lives.
00:56:46 / #2811H / PBS

TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 36.1
Flappers, Speakeasies, and the Birth of Modern Culture
The 1920s shut the door on Victorian values and marked the beginning of an enormous cultural shift. Women were entering the workforce in large numbers; it was the dawn of the age of mass media and advertising; and, it was the Jazz Age. Archival footage, interviews with historians, film experts and fashion editors provide an eye-opening yet fun glimpse into this colorful, flamboyant and unforgettable era.
00:50:14 / #0 / APTSY0

TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Independent Lens "The Eyes of Me"
Four teens that have lost their sight are followed, as they struggle to fit in, prepare for college and live independently.
00:56:46 / #1116H / PBS0

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 10.1 HD
At Close Range with National Geographic
National Geographic magazine photographer Joel Sartore shoots in some of the most exotic locales on earth, but often in wretched conditions for weeks on end. On the job, he's been chased by bears, wolves, alligators and musk oxen. Capturing the beauty of Sandhill cranes in Nebraska or the tropical Amazon jungle, Sartore pursues the perfect image--photographs form the narrative for every National Geographic article. This documentary shows Sartore in consultation with National Geographic photo editors in Washington, DC, as thousands of individual frames are whittled down to the 10 or 20 that will accompany a typical magazine story.
00:56:46 / #0H / PBS0

SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra
Grammy-winning polka band Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra perform at Caesars' Windsor Hotel and Casino in Canada during the 2009 Polkapalooza Festival.
00:56:11 / #0 / PFP0

SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 36.1
T.A.M.I. Show - Rock 'n' roll's First Concert Film
THE T.A.M.I. SHOW, short for Teen Age Music International, introduced rock 'n' soul youth culture to America in the first concert movie of the rock era. One of the rarest and most sought-after performance films from its time, the 1964 concert event featured future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Supremes and many other American and British Invasion hit-makers in their prime. This legendary film hasn't been seen in its entirety since it originally appeared in theaters in 1964.
01:58:05 / #0 / PFP

SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 36.1
Best of Daniel O'Donnell on Film
This musical retrospective showcases two decades of Daniel O'Donnell's career highlights, including many videos never before televised. The special captures the artistic growth and succession of musical genres that the Irish singing sensation has mastered.
01:29:00 / #0 / PFP0

SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2010 / 8:30 PM / 36.1
Music of Ireland - Welcome Home
The story of contemporary Irish music is told, starting in 1960 with the Clancy Brothers. Grammy-winner Moya Brennan (Clannad) hosts this new documentary featuring exclusive interviews and performances from The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney, Riverdance's Michael Flatley and Bill Whelan, U2's Bono and Adam Clayton, Sinead O'Connor, and others.
01:29:00 / #0 / WLIW0

MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 10.1 HD
5 Browns: In Concert
Julliard-trained sibling superstars the 5 Browns have taken the music world by storm with their inventive interpretations of classical, jazz, and other show-stopping standards. Not only are the Browns amazing to hear and watch on their own, they are even more exciting as they take the stage and play as a passionate quintet.
00:56:08 / #0 / PFP0

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 36.1
Celtic Tenors: No Boundaries
The Celtic Tenors, Ireland's most successful crossover artists, meld together elements of classical, folk and pop, with each tenor expressing a distinct musical style influenced by their individual regions of Ireland. The group mixes Irish traditional music, popular American standards, and renditions of contemporary Irish songs. The unique voices, charm, and wit of James Nelson, Matthew Gilsenan, and Daryl Simpson, combined with the talent of musical director Colm Henry, make for an emotive musical journey and an uplifting concert experience.
01:27:27 / #0 / APTEX0

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2010 / 9:30 PM / 10.1 HD
Celtic Thunder - It's Entertainment!
Celtic Thunder, a group of five Celtic male vocalists perform hits spanning six decades of music. Filmed in front of a live studio audience in Toronto, the song list includes old classics such as "Standing on the Corner," and contemporary numbers such as U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." Nine sensational dancers are featured throughout the show. The five lead members of Celtic Thunder are Paul Byrom, George Donaldson, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, and Damian McGinty.
01:27:54 / #0 / PFP0

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Great Performances Special
"Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden"
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.
00:56:46 / #101 / WNET

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 36.1
Priests in Concert at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
The Priests, three clergymen who became a worldwide singing phenomenon, perform at the historic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool, England. Their inspirational classics include "Amazing Grace," "Danny Boy," "Bring Him Home," "The Rose" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."
01:26:46 / #0 / PFP0

SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010 / 8:30 PM / 36.1
Legendary Bing Crosby
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.
01:27:10 / #0 / APTPS0

TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 36.1
Taking Control of Diabetes with Dr. Neal Barnard
Leading clinical researcher, adjunct associate professor of medicine, author, and health advocate Neal Barnard, MD shares his scientifically proven system to take control of diabetes through nutrition, without drugs. Dr. Barnard's new approach addresses diabetes, but it also helps with other ailments including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and weight.
01:28:44 / #0 / PFP0

TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010 / 8:30 PM / 10.1 HD
Straight No Chaser - "Live In New York"
The a cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser, presents an entertaining evening with material from their EP Six Pack and songs from their forthcoming album. The music is a mix of classic hits from the 1950s and 1960s, the Motown era, as well as contemporary pop hits with their classic twist.
00:53:41 / #101 / PFP0

TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010 / 9:30 PM / 36.1
All in the Same Boat: Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors
Save Our Sisters (SOS) is the only breast cancer survivors' dragon boat racing team in Miami and consists of an extraordinary team of women, from diverse backgrounds and ages. The inspirational story begins as the team trains for their biggest dragon boat race yet-The Breast Cancer Survivor World Cup Championship in April 2009.
00:26:45 / #0 / NETA0

SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010 / 8:30 PM / 36.1
Cheetah Man
Olivier Houalet, is a 28-year-old known as "the real-life Tarzan." Houalet works with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, working with five orphaned cheetahs. He has developed a unique approach to working with big cats and cheetahs, adapting their body language and mannerisms and becoming part of the pack. His techniques offer new insights into the behavior of these fierce and exotic creatures.
00:45:17 / #0H / APTSY0

MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Ripple of Hope
On the night of Dr. Martin Luther King's murder in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was scheduled to make an appearance in an African-American neighborhood as part of his run for the Democratic nomination. Upon hearing the tragic news, Kennedy was forced to make a crucial decision. The dramatic story of that night is told. By keeping his promise to speak in Indianapolis, Robert F. Kennedy was able to help that city avert the violence that swept the rest of the country, making a profound statement about American race relations.
00:54:35 / #0H / APTSY0

TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Frontline "Close to Home"
Producer Ofra Bikel chronicles how the middle class is faring in this recession through the stories of the people who she's come to know at the hair salon she's frequented for the past 20 years. The film reveals the struggles of a small business owner to stay afloat, her sister's risk of imminent foreclosure on her Florida home--and the various clients whose lives intersect at this New York City salon, from well-to-do bankers to struggling actors, each with a story to tell about how they're getting by in these turbulent times.
00:56:46 / #2803H / PBS0

TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Independent Lens "Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)"
In 1999, filmmaker Monika Navarro's uncles were deported from the United States to Mexico, forced to leave the only country they knew and, as servicemen, had pledged to protect. Set against the backdrop of increased attention to the U.S.-Mexican border, "Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)" explores national identity, the lives of immigrants, and what happens after deportees are sent to a homeland they no longer consider home.
00:56:46 / #1117 / PBS0

THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Fish Fry Night Milwaukee
Filmmaker Ron Faiola visits some of Milwaukee's most popular, historic and unique fish fry places, to see the people who make them and enjoy them.
00:56:56 / #0 / PUSHB

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 36.1
Victor Borge: The Funniest Man in the World
A rare and full portrait of one of the 20th century's best known and loved entertainers, Victor Borge is presented. In the short period of 15 years, Borge became an international star and one of the most successful entertainers in America during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1956, the New York Times announced that Victor Borge was probably the "funniest man in the world." The documentary chronicles the life of the man affectionately known as the "Clown Prince of Denmark."
00:57:14 / #0 / APTSY0

SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 36.1
Movie: 9 to 5 (1980)
Three fed-up secretaries (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton) kidnap their sexist boss and force him to authorize office improvements.
01:49:24 / #150 / APTSY0

SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 36.1
Women and the Badge
The unique challenges and victories females face in a predominantly male-dominated profession are chronicled.
00:27:58 / #0 / NETA0

SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 36.1
Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World
World-famous comedian Billy Connolly (Open Season, Mrs. Brown) turns explorer as he embarks on a rare and remote journey attempted and failed by hundreds before him through the treacherous Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. (1 of 4)
00:45:52 / #101H / APTSY0

SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Nature "Clever Monkeys"
Love, language, guilt, envy, generosity, secrets, lies, and sophisticated society are not unique to humans. We share all those complex concepts with our relatives-the monkeys. Monkeys around the world rely on that knowledge to adapt to the remarkable variety of environments they now call home. The program explores monkey culture, how and what monkeys teach their young, and how they communicate with one another.
00:56:46 / #2602# / PBS0

SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Masterpiece Classic "Sharpe's Challenge"
Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings ) returns as a British soldier-hero Richard Sharpe, a rough diamond who has risen through the ranks of the army on the back of his brave exploits. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, "Sharpe" is based on the popular novels of Bernard Cornwall. A year after the battle of Waterloo, dispatches from India warn that a local Maharaja is threatening British interests. Sharpe is sent to what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date.
01:56:46 / #4007+ / PBS0

TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Frontline "The Quake"
On January 12, 2010, Haiti was leveled by one of the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history. Crippled by the magnitude of the disaster, the Haitian state and the United Nations struggled to respond. FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith and team arrived in Port-au-Prince within days, and in this powerful report, bears witness to the disaster and the ill-coordinated relief efforts in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.
00:56:46 / #2814H / PBS0

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
American Masters "I.M. Pei: Building China Modern"
Noted architect I.M. Pei, who left his native China in the 1930s, was invited to design a modern museum to house the antiquities of Suzhou, where he grew up. In his 90s, this film follows his seven-and-a-half-year personal and architectural journey from West to East. The program includes commentary from local residents, design specialists, Suzhou officials, and a stellar array of architects, designers, and scholars commenting on Pei's life and work. He is known for designing the John F. Kennedy Library in Massachusetts and Dallas City Hall, among other works.
00:56 #2301# PBS

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 36.1
Brain That Changes Itself
In the past, the brain has been perceived as a hard-wired instrument incapable of fundamental change. Today, however, many scientists see that characterization as wrong. They believe that the brain can actually change its own structure and function through thought and activity. Dr. Norman Doidge introduces the scientists who champion this new perspective and profiles the individuals whose lives have been transformed because of it.
00:56:00 / #0H / APTSY0

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Street Stops Here
In his 36 years at St. Anthony High School, legendary high school basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr. has won 23 state titles, three national championships with 957 career wins. This film reveals the coach's life-long struggle to inspire and motivate those around him in order to keep the doors of a poor, inner-city Catholic school in Jersey City, New Jersey, open.
01:26:46 / #0H / PBS0

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March Premieres Alphabetic Listing

5 Browns: In Concert
Sunday, March 8, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 10.1 HD
All in the Same Boat: Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 / 9:30 PM / 36.1
American Masters "I.M. Pei: Building China Modern"
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
At Close Range with National Geographic
Thursday, March 4, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Best of Daniel O'Donnell on Film
Saturday, March 7, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 36.1
Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World
Sunday, March 28, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 36.1
Brain That Changes Itself
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 36.1
Celtic Tenors: No Boundaries
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 36.1
Celtic Thunder - It's Entertainment!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 / 9:30 PM / 10.1 HD
Cheetah Man
Saturday, March 20, 2010 / 8:30 PM / 36.1
Dolley Madison: American Experience
Monday, March 1, 2010 / 8 PM / 10.1 HD
Fish Fry Night Milwaukee
Thursday, March 25, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Flappers, Speakeasies, and the Birth of Modern Culture
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 36.1
Frontline "Close to Home"
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Frontline "The Quake"
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Frontline "The Suicide Tourist"
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD"
Great Performances Special
"Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden"
Saturday, March 13, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Independent Lens "Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)"
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Independent Lens "The Eyes of Me"
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra
Thursday, March 6, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Legendary Bing Crosby
Sunday, March 14, 2010 / 8:30 PM / 36.1
Masterpiece Classic "Sharpe's Challenge"
Sunday, March 28, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Morristown: Where America Survived
Monday, March 1, 2010 / 9:30 PM / 10.1 HD
Movie: 9 to 5 (1980)
Saturday, March 27, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 36.1
Music of Ireland - Welcome Home
Sunday, March 7, 2010 / 8:30 PM / 36.1
Nature "Clever Monkeys"
Sunday, March 28, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 10.1 HD
NOVA "Pluto Files"
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Priests in Concert at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Saturday, March 13, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 36.1
Ripple of Hope
Monday, March 22, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD
Straight No Chaser - "Live In New York"
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 / 8:30 PM / 10.1 HD
Street Stops Here
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 10.1 HD
T.A.M.I. Show - Rock 'n' roll's First Concert Film
Saturday, March 6, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 36.1
Taking Control of Diabetes with Dr. Neal Barnard
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 36.1
Victor Borge: The Funniest Man in the World
Friday, March 26, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 36.1
Women and the Badge
Saturday, March 27, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 36.1


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