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New MPTV Series Stars John McGivern

January 17, 2012

John McGivern, one of Milwaukee's most popular comic actors, will star in a new Milwaukee Public Television series, AROUND THE CORNER WITH JOHN MCGIVERN, premiering on MPTV HD 10.1 Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be repeated Friday on MPTV HD 36.1 at 8 p.m.

The series explores life in 13 southeastern Wisconsin communities, focusing on the unique qualities of one area in each episode. McGivern goes behind-the-scenes to talk with employers, residents and other people familiar with the locale to discover how they live, work and play. The 30-minute episodes also feature background information on each locale from local history expert John Gurda.

In the first program of the series, McGivern goes to Bay View where he explores the Lake Express Ferry, visits the Boulevard Theater, tours Sweet Water Organics, and checks out some restaurants and other popular spots.

"John gives the audience an intriguing look at some very special places," said Lois Maurer, MPTV producer and director. "and he presents people who embody the spirit of these communities." McGivern is the author of several one-man plays and public television productions including the Emmy Award-winning "Early Stories of John McGivern."

AROUND THE CORNER WITH JOHN MCGIVERN explores a new community each week. Areas featured in the series are Wauwatosa, Riverwest, Cedarburg, Sheboygan, King Drive, Burlington, Brady Street, Racine, Third Ward, Greendale, Lincoln Village and East Town.

Previews of most episodes will be offered free in the community they cover shortly before MPTV airs the programs. For the date of each episode and preview information, please go to and click on the show's logo.