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October 1, 2010

- Fall brings quite the mix of new programs to 10.1/36.2 & 36.1 -

Milwaukee, WI (September 22, 2010) - October really sparks TV back to life as shorter days and newer programs bring viewers back inside. MPTV abounds with new offerings from local productions on the Gulf and the Holocaust, to Britcom series, classic movies, documentaries, performances of Macbeth and by Feinstein, political candidate challenges, an Indian mascot debate, news exposÚs, the holiday auction preview, a new, handsome, young Sherlock Holmes, and God in America. Descriptions and first air dates follow. Additional airdates can be found at

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010 / 6:30 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Host Dan Jones kicks off the 16th season of weekly hot issue discussions with panelists Rick Horowitz, Kevin Fischer, Joel McNally, Gerard Randall, Jr., and Denise Callaway. Their lively, engaging debates hit on a broad range of issues, including politics, crime, economic and social issues. Panelists examine topics from their respective fields and offer informed, insightful, and often diverse opinions.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #1601 / Source: WMVS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Best of the Kumars at No.42
"Richard E. Grant and Michael Parkinson"
This award-winning Britcom features the fictional British Indian Kumar family, with their son, a wanna-be television talk show host. Sanjeev interviews celebrity guests while fending off countless interruptions from his doting parents and overbearing grandmother.
Length: 00:29:12 / Episode: #101 / Source: APTSY0

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2010 / 6:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Ladies of Letters
After Irene's daughter gets married, she receives a thank you note from Vera, with whom she socialized at the occasion. Touched by the gesture, Irene responds to Vera's note, and so begins a correspondence in which the ladies discourse upon all manner of events in their lives. This comedy drama is about two very different widows who forge a friendship through letters. (Adapted from a hit BBC4 radio series)
Length: 00:22:21 / Episode: #101 / Source: APTSY0

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2010 / 6:30 PM / 36.1
"Airventure/Tiger Moth Bi-Plane/Pilot Jeff Skiles"
The world of aviation is explored, including interesting people, the latest aircraft, the coolest technology and the best fly-in destinations. Air Venture is visited, America's largest aviation celebration. The U.S. Air Force's C5M Supergalaxy and the Tiger Moth bi-plane are featured. Miracle on the Hudson hero Jeff Skiles, is profiled. (1 of 13)
Length: 00:26:44 / Episode: #101H / Source: KNME0

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Masterpiece Mystery!
"Wallander, Series II: Faceless Killers"
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Detective Kurt Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) investigates the brutal slaying of an elderly couple at an isolated farmhouse. The fallout from the case leads the detective to doubt everything, including his abilities as a police officer.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #4026# / Source: PBS0

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 / 6:30 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
I Remember
"Holocaust Survivor"
Jim Peck interviews Holocaust Survivor Nathan Taffel, whose story is the subject of the book, "Stolen Childhood: Coming of age while surviving the Holocaust."
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Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #1701 / Source: WMVS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Teen Connection
"Indian Mascots"
TEEN CONNECTION follows Mukwonago School District officials as they make their case to defend the districts Indian logo. A newer law gives the Department of Public Instruction the power to order districts to do away with race-based mascots or face fines.
Length: 00:57:46 / Episode: #2201 / Source: ECB

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"
Why would a dedicated Cold War strategist throw away his career, his friends and risk life in prison for a chance to help end the Vietnam War? In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading military planner, leaked the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that led to Watergate, President Nixon's resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War.
Length: 01:56:46 / Episode: #2314H / Source: PBS0

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Michael Feinstein's American Songbook
"Putting on the Tail Fins"
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: 00:56:46 / Episode: #101H / Source: PBS0

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Great Performances
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Director Rupert Goold adapts his gripping stage production of Macbeth--with Sir Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood reprising their Tony-nominated performances into this edgy film adaptation, which relocates the bloody action to a nameless 20th-century netherworld. Filmed at England's Chichester Festival Theatre.
Length: 02:56:46 / Episode: #3415H / Source: PBS0

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Candidates for U. S. Senate Debate
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is sponsoring this debate between U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D) and businessman Ron Johnson (R). The debate is hosted by and originates from the MPTV studios on the campus of the MATC. The program moderator will be John Laabs, president & CEO of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation. The panelists will be Stacy Engebretson, anchor and reporter with WGBA TV in Green Bay; Dan Lea, news director of WAYY radio in Eau Claire; and Greg Stensland, news director of WFDL radio in Fond du Lac.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: MPTV

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 36.1
Movie: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
A deceased inventor's unfinished creation (Johnny Depp) becomes an instant celebrity when a cheery suburbanite (Dianne Wiest) brings him home.
Length: 01:45:03 / Episode: #174H / Source: APTSY0

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
God in America
"A New Adam/A New Eden"
God in America examines the potent and complex interaction between religion and democracy, the origins of the American concept of religious liberty, and the controversial evolution of that ideal in the nation's courts and political arena. This three-part series interweaves documentary footage, historical dramatization, and interviews with religious historians.
Length: 01:56:46 / Episode: #101 / Source: PBS0

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 / 9:30 PM / 36.1
Brighter Future
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The relationship between singing in a choir and success in life is examined. A look is taken at how the discipline needed for rehearsals and the self-confidence needed for performance can be transferred to other areas of life.
Length: 00:24:39 / Episode: #0 / Source: NETA0

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Habitat Destruction on the Gulf Coast
The impact from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and 70 years of dredging the Mississippi River is examined. Experts talk about the damage to Louisiana's Gulf Coast, and they explain how the Upper Midwest is affected. A detailed look is also taken at how management of the Mississippi River, its tributaries and distributaries have resulted in the destruction of nearly one-third of the Louisiana Gulf Coast's three million acres of wetlands in one lifetime. Dan Small hosts.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: WMVS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010 / 6:30 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Upfront: Town Hall Challenge, Gubernatorial Walker/Barrett
In partnership with WISN 12, Marquette University Law School, and, MPTV presents a commercial-free town hall debate where viewers will have the opportunity to learn more about the candidates for Wisconsin's highest office-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker (R) and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D). The debate will be broadcast statewide by MPTV and by WISN's ABC affiliates, WKOW (Madison), WFRV (Green Bay), WAOW (Wausau), WXOW (La Crosse), and WQOW (Eau Claire) and live-streamed by Mike Gousha, MPTV ON THE ISSUES host, 12 News UPFRONT anchor, and distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School, will moderate the discussions and lead roundtable conversations by citizen groups participating at remote locations around Wisconsin.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: WMVS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 36.1
Movie: Batman (1989)
The Caped Crusader (Michael Keaton) saves dismal Gotham City and gorgeous Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) from the freaky Joker (Jack Nicholson).
Length: 02:06:19 / Episode: #173H / Source: APTSY0

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2010 / 11:00 AM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Hidden Homeless
Four homeless teens in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Michigan, reveal their hopes and dreams for the future, and talk about the people and agencies that helped them along the way.
Length: 00:26:47 / Episode: #0H / Source: WPT

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010 / 9:30 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Arts Digest
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In the third episode of this magazine-style program, Jon Anne Willow and Tom Strini take a look at the world premiere of the Florentine Opera's Rio de Sangre and interview Composer Don Davis, General Director Bill Florescu, Director of Rio de Sangre Paula Suozzi, and Stage Manager Noele Stollmack. Next they profile artist Della Wells and Cissie Peltz of the Peltz Art Gallery. The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, a collaborative venture by First Stage, MYSO, African American Children's Theater and the Milwaukee Children's Choir, gets a visit; and finally, John McGivern goes behind the scenes of Laurel & Hardy at The Milwaukee Rep.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #103

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
"Death By Fire"
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Several controversial death penalty cases are currently under examination in Texas and in other states, but it's the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham--convicted for the arson deaths of his three young children--that's now at the center of the national debate. With unique access to those closest to the case, FRONTLINE examines the Willingham conviction in light of new science that raises doubts about whether the fire at the center of the case was really arson at all.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #2901H / Source: PBS0

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Independent Lens
"The Parking Lot Movie"
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Meghan Eckman's quirky documentary follows a unique rite of passage, as a select group of over-educated parking attendants use their gig at a parking lot as an emotional and philosophical way station on the road to their personal American dream.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #1201 / Source: PBS0

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
In Performance at the White House
"A Broadway Celebration"
President and Mrs. Obama host a series of performances by major Broadway artists and new talent, presenting selections from American musicals that reflect the spirit, energy and ambition of America. Nathan Lane is master of ceremonies. Featured artists include Idina Menzel, Brian d'Arcy James, Audra McDonald, Chad Kimball, Marvin Hamlisch, and a youth ensemble from the Joy of Motion Dance Center. Recorded from the East Room of the White House in July 2010.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #1702H / Source: PBS0

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2010 / 6:30 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Upfront: Town Hall Challenge, Senate Feingold/Johnson
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D) and challenger businessman Ron Johnson (R) will debate in this collaborative 90-minute production. MPTV, WISN 12, Marquette University Law School, and coordinate their efforts to produce this commercial-free town hall debate moderated by Mike Gousha. The program will be broadcast statewide by MPTV (WMVS 10.1 & 36.2) and by WISN's ABC affiliates, WKOW (Madison), WFRV (Green Bay), WAOW (Wausau), WXOW (La Crosse), and WQOW (Eau Claire). will live-stream the debate. Marquette University Law School will coordinate attendance.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: WMVS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2010 / 7:00 PM / 36.1
Movie: Ninotchka (1939)
A playboy (Melvyn Douglas) charms a Russian envoy (Greta Garbo) sent to fetch three wayward comrades in Paris.
Length: 01:51:00 / Episode: #175 / Source: APTSY0

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Masterpiece Mystery!
"Sherlock: A Study In Pink"
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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. This contemporary Holmes blows the Victorian era fog from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character. Martin Freeman is sidekick Dr. John Watson.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #4029# / Source: PBS0

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
"The Spill"
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Long before the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf, BP was widely viewed as a company that valued deal-making and savvy marketing over safety. Through interviews with current and former employees and executives, government regulators and safety experts, FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith joins with the investigative non-profit ProPublica to examine the trail that led to the disaster in the Gulf.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #2902H / Source: PBS0

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Independent Lens
"Art & Copy"
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A stylish glimpse at the real Mad Men behind some of the most memorable advertising campaigns of the past half-century. Artists and writers who came up with the slogans "Just Do It," "I Love NY," "Got Milk," "Where's the Beef?" and other hits are interviewed. The social and cultural significance of their ads, as well as those of other advertising legends, is brought to light.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #1202H / Source: PBS0

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010 / 9:30 PM / 10.1 HD & 36.2
Holiday Auction Preview 2010
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This special preview features highlights of items available for bid during the 2010 MPTV Great Holiday Online Auction from Oct. 31-Nov. 21. Items include vacation packages, furniture, artwork, jewelry, gift certificates and more. Call 262.781.4998 or visit
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: MPTV

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 36.1
Bela Lugosi: The Fallen Vampire
In 1931, the first true horror movie was released-Dracula. The film's lead actor, Romanian-born Bela Lugosi, became an overnight star. The life and career of this mysterious man is traced. Using archival still and film clips as well as interviews with film historians, actors and Lugosi himself, the special chronicles the meteoric rise and then precipitous decline of a talented yet tragic man who forever changed the face of horror films.
Length: 00:51:54 / Episode: #0 / Source: APTSY0

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010 / 9:00 PM / 36.1
Things That Go Bump in the Night
"Tales of Haunted New England"
Some of New England's most bone-chilling stories, myths and legends are investigated. Interviews with local authors and experts, along with personal accounts, reveal tales of the supernatural, the unexplained and the mysterious.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: APTEX

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