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. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:52:36 -0400 Entertainment 60 Masterpiece - The Paradise, Season 2: Episode Six http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Moray and Tom raise the stakes in their battle for The Paradise. Denise pursues her own plan. Lovett suffers a crisis.<br /> Showtimes: Sunday, November 2, 8:00 pm ET Masterpiece Mystery! - Death Comes to Pemberley: Part Two http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php A suspect goes on trial for his life, while Elizabeth pursues the truth behind a mysterious death. The future of Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, also hangs in the balance.<br /> Showtimes: Sunday, November 2, 9:00 pm ET Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - Our People, Our Traditions http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php In this episode we learn about the ancestors of three celebrated Americans who not only share a Jewish heritage but a history of perseverance in the face of withering opposition. Tony Kushner delves into the history of the Holocaust to discover his ancestors’ fate; Carole King learns the origins of her family name and confronts the reality of the discrimination her ancestors faced in America; and Alan Dershowitz finds out that the first Hassidic synagogue in Brooklyn, started by his great-grandfather, played a secret role in WWII. Showtimes: Tuesday, November 4, 8:00 pm ET Makers - Women in Politics http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php View profiles of women in public office who were “firsts” in their fields. From the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013, the documentary explores the challenges confronting American women in politics. Trailblazing leaders like Hillary Clinton, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Olympia Snowe, the youngest Republican woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, and Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to serve in Congress, provide a backdrop for younger women like Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim-American woman elected to the Michigan House, and Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, who chronicles her run for Detroit City Council. Today’s leaders in Washington, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the first female senator from Massachusetts, Susan Collins (R-ME), who led the Senate in shaping a deal to end the government shutdown, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), currently the youngest woman serving in Congress, are also represented.<br /> Showtimes: Tuesday, November 4, 9:00 pm ET Nature - A Sloth Named Velcro http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers. Sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers are also springing up, as development often displaces these gentle creatures. Filmed in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia, this is a story of friendship between a journalist and the sloth she named Velcro and a network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them.<br /> Showtimes: Wednesday, November 5, 8:00 pm ET Agatha Christie's Poirot: Elephants Can Remember http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php While Poirot investigates the murder of a renowned psychiatrist, Ariadne Oliver becomes an amateur sleuth of her own when her goddaughter tasks her to find out the truth about the nature of her parents' mysterious deaths. Showtimes: Thursday, November 6, 10:00 pm ET A Salute to Troops: In Performance at the White House http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php President and Mrs. Obama host a PBS music special from the White House, with an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States. Performances by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and active duty military members U.S. Army Sgt. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer. There also will be a performance by Daughtry via satellite of their USO concert at Yokota Air Base in Japan, as well as a live-viewing audience of troops from the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. Showtimes: Friday, November 7, 9:00 pm ET Masterpiece - The Paradise, Season 2: Episode Seven http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php A ghost story brings Moray and Denise back together. A traveling photographer makes a big impression on Clara. Showtimes: Sunday, November 9, 8:00 pm ET Masterpiece Contemporary - Worricker: Turks & Caicos http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Sun, sand, and CIA are the themes of Johnny’s (Nightly) clandestine retirement on a Caribbean island, overrun with high-rolling American businessmen who are bankrolling a mysterious project. Their worldly-wise publicist (Winona Ryder) and a tycoon named Curtis (Christopher Walken) befriend Johnny. The cloak-and-dagger life revives when a dodgy British philanthropist named Stirling Rogers (Rupert Graves) arrives with an associate, Margot (Helena Bonham Carter), whom Johnny knows well. Johnny’s new mission is to escape from an ever-tightening noose. Showtimes: Sunday, November 9, 9:00 pm ET Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - The British Invasion http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Sally Field learns that she descends from William Bradford, who arrived on the Mayflower and helped his fellow Puritans establish their new lives in colonial America. Her ancestors sided with the British crown during the war for independence and paid the ultimate price. Deepak Chopra’s family made a similar gamble while living under harsh British rule in India — his grandparents pledged their loyalty to the British in hopes of achieving a higher place in society, and his father chose to fight alongside British soldiers during WWII. Sting’s ancestors, who fueled Great Britain’s world dominance during the Pax Britannica by building its merchant ships and working in its coal mines, toiled under unbearable working conditions and Dickensian poverty. Showtimes: Tuesday, November 11, 8:00 pm ET Navy Seals - Their Untold Story http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Premiering on Veterans Day, this program recounts the ticking-clock missions of the “Commandoes of the Deep” through firsthand accounts — including that of a D-Day demolition team member — and through never-before-seen footage, home movies and personal mementoes. Admirals, master chiefs, clandestine operators, demolitioneers and snipers reveal how US Navy SEALs morphed into the world's most admired commandoes. Showtimes: Tuesday, November 11, 9:00 pm ET NOVA - Emperor’s Ghost Army http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php To defend himself in the afterlife, the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, was buried in a vast mausoleum accompanied by around 9,000 life-sized terracotta statues. With exclusive access to groundbreaking new research, NOVA investigates the secrets of how and why the astonishing figures were made and the technology behind the still lethal and highly-advanced crossbows, spears, and swords carried by the clay warriors.<br /> Showtimes: Wednesday, November 12, 9:00 pm ET Agatha Christie's Poirot: Labours of Hercules http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Poirot's pursuit of an infamous art thief leads him to a snowbound hotel in the Swiss Alps, where he is met with a plethora of mysteries and the reappearance of a familiar face from the past. Showtimes: Thursday, November 13, 10:00 pm ET Masterpiece - The Paradise, Season 2: Episode Eight http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Clémence returns, bringing emotions to a boil. Denise, Moray, Katherine and Tom reach a mutual understanding. Showtimes: Sunday, November 16, 8:00 pm ET Masterpiece Contemporary - Worricker: Salting the Battlefield http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php The Worricker trilogy concludes with Johnny (Bill Nighy) and Margot (Helena Bonham Carter) managing to stay ahead of an international dragnet all across Europe. British Prime Minister Alec Beasley (Ralph Fiennes) and old MI5 colleague Jill Tankard (Judy Davis) desperately want Johnny back — but for different reasons. Who will win this frenzied game of spy versus spy? Written and directed by David Hare. Showtimes: Sunday, November 16, 9:00 pm ET Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - Ancient Roots http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php “Ancient Roots” traces the family histories of three quintessential voices in American life. All descend from ancestors who were part of the wave of Greek immigrants in the early decades of the 20th century. But along the way, the stories of their Greek ancestors were lost. Tina Fey’s fifth great-grandfather survived a terrible massacre and became a hero in the Greek War of Independence. David Sedaris’ ancestors were also touched by the Greek War of Independence. Their home village was raided by the Ottoman military and David’s great-grand-aunt was taken captive — never to see her family again. George Stephanopoulos’ family was willing to sacrifice themselves in the struggle against the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War I.<br /> Showtimes: Tuesday, November 18, 8:00 pm ET Nature - Invasion of the Killer Whales http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php As the ice shrinks in the Arctic, polar bears are struggling to survive in a fast melting world. Although classified a marine mammal, the polar bear is not adapted to hunting in the water. And it is certainly no match for the world’s greatest aquatic hunter — the killer whale. In the last few years, scientists have noted an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. More and more have been attracted to these hunting grounds by the growing expanse of open water. They attack the same prey as the polar bears: seals, narwhal, belugas and bowhead whales. Showtimes: Wednesday, November 19, 8:00 pm ET NOVA - Killer Landslides http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php In less than two minutes in March, a one-square-mile field of debris slammed into the Washington state community of Oso, killing 41 and destroying nearly 50 homes. Drawing on analyses of other recent landslides around the world, geologists are investigating what triggered the deadliest U.S. landslide in decades and whether climate change is increasing the risk of similar disasters around the globe. Showtimes: Wednesday, November 19, 9:00 pm ET Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php An ailing Poirot returns to Styles with Hastings nearly three decades after solving their first mystery together there in order to prevent an unscrupulous and ingenious serial killer from claiming more victims. Showtimes: Thursday, November 20, 10:00 pm ET Great Performances: CATS - PBS Fall Arts Festival http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES for an encore presentation. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats reigned over an 18-year Broadway run and unending touring productions that continue to travel the globe. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Webber’s hit-filled stage version boasts musical highlights aplenty, including Elaine Paige’s return to her original role as Grizabella, the faded “glamour cat” singing the show-stopping ballad “Memory.” Showtimes: Friday, November 21, 9:00 pm ET Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php This special celebrates “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, a lineup of the biggest names in comedy salutes the 17th recipient of the humor prize. Showtimes: Sunday, November 23, 8:00 pm ET Richard Pryor: Icon http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Richard Pryor's impact on the craft of comedy and today’s top comics is legendary and unrivaled. This program surveys the profound and enduring influence of one of the greatest American comics of all time. Showtimes: Sunday, November 23, 9:30 pm ET Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - Decoding Our Past Through DNA Tuesday http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Deval Patrick is the first African-American governor of Massachusetts and Jessica Alba is an actress who proudly embraces her Mexican-American heritage. But cutting-edge DNA analysis reveals that the family trees contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races. Alba descends from Jewish and Mayan ancestors and the official cartographer of France’s King Louis XIV. Deval Patrick’s roots lead to a black homesteader in Colorado and a white master who gave his former slave land after the Civil War. DNA is used to delve deeper into the families of other guests in the series, including Valerie Jarrett and Anderson Cooper, and to overcome dead ends on host Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s own tree. The secrets encoded in their genomes challenge these guests’ ideas about their families’ histories and their identities today.<br /> Showtimes: Tuesday, November 25, 8:00 pm ET Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home - PBS Arts Fall Festival http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home — to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that is — to perform music from her career. With a classically trained voice set off by a gift for acting and comedy, Chenoweth appears at a state-of-the-art theater that now bears her name, performing Broadway, television and film songs like “Popular” and “For Good” from Wicked, songs from her acclaimed performances on “Glee” and beloved music from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and many more. Backed by a 13-piece orchestra led by Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Chenoweth welcomes song and dance friends from Broadway in a program sure to be unforgettable.<br /> Showtimes: Friday, November 28, 9:00 pm ET Magic Moments - The Best of 50s Pop http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Takes a stroll down memory lane with the pop sounds of the 50s in MAGIC MOMENTS: THE BEST OF 50s POP, the second installment in the MY MUSIC series. This reunion brings together the greatest recording artists from the 50s pop era. Hosted by Mary Lou Metzger, Phyllis McGuire and Pat Boone, MAGIC MOMENTS: THE BEST OF 50s POP features a cavalcade of 1950s pop music recording legends, reuniting and performing their biggest hits. <br /> <br /> The McGuire Sisters (who reunite for the first time since 1967), Debbie Reynolds, Patti Page, the Chordettes, the Crew Cuts, the Four Lads, the Four Aces, the Four Coins, Don Cherry, Gogi Grant and more take the stage and share the good times. <br /> This nostalgia-fest features a mix of new performances and short archival footage transitions of the fads, fashions, news stories and pop cultural events of the 50s decade. Tribute montages also highlight the superstar 50s pop icons who have died in recent years (Dean Martin, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Ray and more).<br /> Special guest presenters include Wink Martindale, Rip Taylor, Brett Somers, Dr. Joyce Brothers, the Lennon Sisters, Nick Clooney, Fess parker and Joni James.<br /> Showtimes: Saturday, November 29, 8:00 pm ET 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary http://www.wfsu.org/television/program_highlights.php Celebrate the impact of the trio that provided America’s soundtrack for generations and combined artistry with activism for five decades. Showtimes: Saturday, November 29, 10:00 pm ET