WFSU Program Highlights http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php A list of upcoming note-worthy shows on WFSU-TV. en-us Copyright 2011 WFSU. All Rights Reserved. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:16:50 -0400 Entertainment 60 Cuban Missile Crisis - Three Men Go To War http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Explore the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear holocaust. In the first major feature documentary on the subject, the film brings to life the three central characters — Kennedy, Castro and Khrushchev — and explores how the world’s most powerful men fell into an abyss of their own making and outlines the courage and luck it took to climb out again. Showtimes: Tuesday, September 2, 8:00 pm ET Operation Maneater - Polar Bear http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Mark Evans travels to the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay, where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities. He arrives in the town of Churchill hours after an attack has left two people seriously injured and a bear dead. He joins the Polar Bear Alert team as they transport a captured bear by helicopter to a release site outside town. In the Inuit town of Arviat, Evans works with wildlife officers to test an aerial drone early warning system, a military grade ultra-loud speaker to deter bears, and a controversial experiment to place meat out on the tundra to keep bears away from town. Showtimes: Wednesday, September 3, 10:00 pm ET The Hit Men http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php The 60’s, 70’s and 80’s were a golden era for songwriting and during that period acts like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and The Shondells, and other big name chart-busting groups created beloved hits that have been heard for generations and are woven into America’s consciousness. <br /> After decades behind the scenes, some of the greatest artists who were instrumental in the success of these fabulous songs have reunited to form THE HIT MEN. Not Broadway actors, or a tribute band, these guys are the real performers who traveled all over the world, creating music and memories---from Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the London Palladium. <br /> A group of amazing performers, superb musicians, superior vocalists, great arrangers and creative composers, THE HIT MEN are hitmakers of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – including performing and recording members of mega-star acts like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Critters, and band-mates who played and performed with Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Carly Simon and more. <br /> THE HIT MEN, relive the magic they created on world stages and in recording studios years ago, bringing audiences a night of mega-hit after mega-hit, after mega-hit -- including everyone’s favorite Four Seasons songs like “Oh What a Night”, “Who Loves You”, “Marianne”, “Silence is Golden”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Rag Doll” and more great tunes made even more famous by Broadway’s Jersey Boys. And they also perform many other memorable solid gold hits that they helped make famous – including “Mony, Mony”, “Hanky Panky”, “Peace Train”, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”, “You’re So Vain”, “You Belong To Me”, and “Younger Girl”.<br /> WFSU will present THE HIT MEN live in concert on January 17, 2015. Tickets are available by calling (850) 487-3170 extension 316 or go to www.wfsu.org/thehitmen<br /> Showtimes: Friday, September 5, 9:00 pm ET; Monday, September 8, 7:30 pm ET and; Sunday, September 14, 6:00 pm ET Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting forever http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Break free from dieting once and for all with practical, effective advice from Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a New York Times best-selling author, leading expert and board-certified physician who specializes in the prevention and reversal of disease using nutritional solutions. The program includes cooking demonstrations; advice on staying active, vibrant and healthy later in life; and nutritional methods to prevent and even reverse obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and more. Showtimes: Saturday, September 6, 3:00 pm ET; Wednesday, September 10, 9:00 pm ET 50's and 60's Rock Rewind (My Music) http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php From “Love Me Tender” to “Only You,” “Wake Up Little Suzie” to “Dream Lover” and ” Long Tall Sally” to “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” this new MY MUSIC special spotlights the happy days of the 50s and early 60s with archival footage of the greatest pop and rock hit makers of the era in their prime. Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, from the original Sha Na lineup, hosts. Showtimes: Saturday, September 6, 8:00 pm ET; Saturday, September 13, 6:00 pm ET Downton Abbey Revisited http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Savor a mix of fond memories from the past four seasons of “Downton Abbey” and get a taste of the upcoming fifth season. Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon hosts the program, which includes behind-the-scenes footage, fondly remembered moments from the first four seasons, and interviews with Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, providing an overview and context for the series and what to expect next. Recall the high points of the “Downton Abbey” storyline, its memorable cast of characters, and both the great joy and wrenching sadness taking place at the abbey.<br /> Showtimes: Sunday, September 7, 7:30 pm ET; Tuesday, September 9, 9:30 pm ET Masterpiece Mystery! - Breathless: Part Three http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Otto and Elizabeth’s strange marriage becomes plain. Jean forms an unlikely bond with Margaret. Mulligan breaks down. A climactic series of events is kicked off by a swimsuit contest. The intertwined fates of doctors, nurses, spouses and a police inspector converge.<br /> Showtimes: Sunday, September 7, 9:00 pm ET Suze Orman's Financial Solutions For You http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Up-to-date advice on a broad set of financial issues from Suze Orman, America’s most recognized expert in personal finance, include: 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. Orman offers tangible information on managing money today and how to make smarter choices towards a more economically secure future. Showtimes: Monday, September 8, 8:30 pm ET; Friday, September 12, 9:00 pm ET Great Performances - Star-Spangled Spectacular: The Bicentennial of Our National Anthem http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php The valiant defense of Fort McHenry on the night of September 13, 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” His message 200 years ago and the poem he set to music quickly spread and became the rallying cry for the new nation. Today, “The Star Spangled Banner” plays a central part in our everyday lives, but it wasn’t until 1931 that Congress declared it our national anthem. On the occasion of the anthem’s 200th birthday, GREAT PERFORMANCES and Maryland Public Television present an entertainment event on the beautiful Baltimore Harbor front to commemorate the anthem’s creation and the courageous battle that inspired it. Showtimes: Saturday, September 13, 8:00 pm ET The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - Get Action (1858-1901) http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php A frail, asthmatic young Theodore Roosevelt transforms himself into a vigorous champion of the strenuous life, loses one great love and finds another, leads men into battle and then rises like a rocket to become the youngest president in American history at 42. Meanwhile, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, brought up as the pampered only child of adoring parents, follows his older cousin’s career with worshipful fascination and begins to think he might one day follow in his footsteps<br /> Showtimes: Sunday, September 14, 8:00 pm ET The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - 7 Part Documentary http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Ken Burns’s seven-part documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The 14-hour series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative. Showtimes: Sunday, September 14, 8:00 pm ET; Saturday, September 20, 8:00 pm ET The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - In The Arena (1901-1910) http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency, but in the seven years that follow, he transforms the office and makes himself perhaps the best-loved of all the men who ever lived in the White House — battling corporate greed and building the Panama Canal, preserving American wilderness, carrying the message of American might around the world. FDR courts and weds Eleanor Roosevelt, the shy orphaned daughter of Theodore’s alcoholic brother, Elliott. Together, they begin a family. Franklin enters a law firm, but when he is offered a chance to run for the New York state senate, he jumps at the chance. Showtimes: Monday, September 15, 8:00 pm ET The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - The Fire of Life (1910-1919) http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Theodore Roosevelt leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own party, undertakes a deadly expedition into the South American jungle, campaigns for American entry into World War I — and pays a terrible personal price. Franklin masters wartime Washington as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, while Eleanor finds personal salvation in war work. Her discovery of Franklin’s romance with another woman transforms their marriage into a largely political partnership. TR’s death at 60 is almost universally mourned, but provides Franklin with a golden opportunity.<br /> Showtimes: Tuesday, September 16, 8:00 pm ET The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - The Storm (1920-1933) http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president in 1920 and seems assured of a still brighter future until polio devastates him the following summer. He spends seven years struggling without success to walk again, while Eleanor builds a personal and political life of her own. FDR returns to politics in 1928 and, as governor of New York, acts with such vigor and imagination during the first years of the Great Depression that the Democrats turn to him as their presidential nominee in 1932. He survives an attempted assassination as president-elect and at his inauguration tells his frightened countrymen the only thing they have to fear is “fear itself.” Showtimes: Wednesday, September 17, 8:00 pm ET The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - The Rising Road (1933-1939) http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed. Aimed at ending the Depression, his sweeping New Deal restores the people’s self-confidence and transforms the relationship between them and their government. Eleanor rejects the traditional role of first lady, becomes her husband’s liberal conscience and a sometimes controversial political force in her own right. As the decade ends, FDR faces two grave questions: whether to run for an unprecedented third term and how to deal with the rise of Hitler. Showtimes: Thursday, September 18, 8:00 pm ET The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - The Common Cause (1939-1944) http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php FDR shatters the third-term tradition, struggles to prepare a reluctant country to enter World War II and, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, helps set the course toward Allied victory. Meanwhile, Eleanor struggles to keep New Deal reforms alive in wartime and travels the Pacific to comfort wounded servicemen. Diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 1943 and with the war still raging, FDR resolves to conceal his condition and run for a fourth term. Showtimes: Friday, September 19, 8:00 pm ET The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Frail and failing but determined to see the war through to victory, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world, but a cerebral hemorrhage kills him at 63. After her husband’s death, Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator in her own right, as well as a champion of civil rights, civil liberties and the United Nations. When she dies in 1962, she is mourned everywhere as the First Lady of the World. Showtimes: Saturday, September 20, 8:00 pm ET Masterpiece Mystery! - Miss Marple, Season 7: A Caribbean Mystery http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php While staying at a lavish tropical island hotel, Miss Marple investigates the sudden death of a fellow guest. She and a curmudgeonly business tycoon unravel a web of deceit, murder and “dark magic,” leaving Miss Marple to consider every one of the hotel’s guests as a suspect. Sir Antony Sher (God on Trial) guest stars.<br /> Showtimes: Sunday, September 21, 8:00 pm ET Masterpiece Mystery! - Miss Marple, Season 7: Greenshaw's Folly http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php When an old family friend and her young son turn to Miss Marple for assistance, she finds them work and lodging at nearby Greenshaw’s Folly, the family home of an eccentric botanist. All seems well, until the house’s loyal butler dies unexpectedly. When another houseguest goes missing, Miss Marple begins a search for the truth, unveiling secrets of both the past and present. Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter) guest stars. Showtimes: Sunday, September 21, 9:30 pm ET Finding Your Roots - Season 2 "In Search of Our Fathers" http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Acclaimed PBS Series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Returns Tuesday, September 23 at 8pm ET for its Second Season <br /> The 10-part series explores the heritages and ancestries of 30 of today’s leading entertainers, athletes, chefs and media personalities, including: Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Khandi Alexander, Tom Colicchio, Tina Fey, Sally Field, Derek Jeter, Stephen King, Nas, Anna Deavere Smith, Sting, and Courtney Vance<br /> Showtimes: Tuesday, September 23, 8:00 pm ET American Masters - The Boomer List http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Take a comprehensive look at 19 iconic baby boomers — one born each year of the boom, 1946-1964. In intimate interviews by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the film’s subjects illuminate the important movements and changes that shaped the world during the baby boom years. Topics include the environment; arts and entertainment; science; civil, LGBT and women’s rights; law; politics; public service; sports; the military; and technology. Showtimes: Tuesday, September 23, 9:00 pm ET Penguins: Spy in the Huddle - The Journey http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Emperor penguins cross a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds. Rockhoppers brave the world’s stormiest seas only to come ashore and face a daunting assault up a 300-foot cliff, hopping most of the way up. Tropical Humboldt penguins negotiate predatory sea lions and vampire bats to reach their desert nests. The hard work for all the penguins finally pays off when their tiny, vulnerable chicks begin to hatch. Showtimes: Wednesday, September 24, 8:00 pm ET Live From Lincoln Center - Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert with the New York Philharmonic http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php The New York Philharmonic’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical thriller, staged in March 2014 to a sold-out crowd at Avery Fisher Hall, tells the story of the eponymous barber who, with his romantically inclined landlady, Mrs. Lovett the piemaker, seeks vengeance on what he considers a merciless world. The remarkable cast features bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett, with Christian Borle and more. Audra McDonald serves as host. Showtimes: Friday, September 26, 9:00 pm ET Masterpiece: The Paradise - Season 2: Episode One http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Time has not stood still since last season’s wedding disaster. Moray, Denise and Katherine reunite under a new regime. Showtimes: Sunday, September 28, 8:00 pm ET Masterpiece Mystery! - Miss Marple, Season 7: Endless Night http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Miss Marple befriends Mike, a charming chauffeur who recounts his romance with Ellie. Despite warnings from a gypsy woman, they plan their dream home at a local spot known as Gypsy’s Acre. Not long after the young couple weds, Ellie is thrown from her horse and dies, fueling speculation of a gypsy curse. Following two more suspicious deaths, Miss Marple begins to sort out the clues, but can she solve the mystery before she finds herself in danger? Tom Hughes (“Silk”) and Joanna Vanderham (“The Paradise”) co-star. Showtimes: Sunday, September 28, 9:00 pm ET Makers - Women in Comedy http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php MAKERS: Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of ‘70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Today, movies like Bridesmaids break box office records and the women of Saturday Night Live are often more famous than their male counterparts. Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin, talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go Each program will profile prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations. Showtimes: Tuesday, September 30, 9:00 pm ET Penguins: Spy in the Huddle - First Steps http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Watched by spycams, newborn emperor penguins in Antarctica are caught walking on their mothers’ feet and taking their own first unsteady steps. On the Falklands, rockhopper chicks meet their unruly and predatory neighbors, while eggcams provide unique views of the colony. In Peru, Humboldt chicks take on fur seals and take aim at gulls.<br /> Showtimes: Wednesday, October 1, 8:00 pm ET