WVPT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: JULY 2015

 August 2015 Primetime Schedule (Printable Grid)
 August 2015 Create Schedule (Printable Grid)

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JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness
Tuesday, August 4th at 9:00 p.m.

President LBJ is chiefly remembered for the Vietnam War. But 50 years ago, he engineered two of the most important laws Congress ever passed, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This special examines how LBJ transformed America

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50's & 60's Rock Rewind
Thursday, August 6th at 8:00 p.m.

From the R&B pioneers to the pop teen crooners, the 1950s and early 1960s were an exciting musical time for the youth of America. In this all new MY MUSIC special, the spotlight shines on the sounds of the '50s and '60s rock and pop scene with all archival footage of the hit makers in their prime. Fast songs, slow dances and the back beat were all the rage as teenagers tuned in to their radios as they "readied for their steadies', and went from pony tails to proms. The age of innocence and adolescence created Rock and Roll's first revolution, with the songs that take us back to those happy days of the 1950s and early 1960s.

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Rock, Pop & Doo Wop
Thursday, August 6th at 10:00 p.m.

Rock and pop legends Ronnie Spector (of The Ronettes) and Jon "Bowzer" Bauman (formerly of Sha Na Na) team up to host a celebration of the best-loved songs from the late 1950s and early 1960s in an all-new MY MUSIC concert event. Recorded in May 2010, this special offers emotion-packed performances from iconic voices singing songs that have remained popular for over forty years. Highlights: For the first time in four decades, pop-rock royalty Ronnie Spector is able to sing on TV the biggest hits from her days as the star of The Ronettes: "Be My Baby" and "Baby I Love You." History is also made when La La Brooks performs "Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" and "Then He Kissed Me," two girl group classics from The Crystals and songs on which Brooks sang lead vocals on the original recordings.The beloved Jay Black, formerly of Jay & The Americans, renders his show-stopping smash "Cara Mia" and Len Barry makes a rare appearance to offer his #1 hit "1-2-3." The Orlons hit the stage with "The Wah-Watusi" in tribute to the Philly teen dance music of American Bandstand era in the early 1960s. "This show is also unique in that we've been able to acquire lost footage from archives around the world that hasn't been seen since originally aired," says My Music creator and executive producer TJ Lubinsky. "Included are anthems like 'Get A Job' by the Silhouettes and 'Book Of Love' by The Monotones." Also featured is an original performance by Johnny Maestro & The Crests (before Maestro formed The Brooklyn Bridge). "Johnny was an all-time legend of vocal group harmony," said Lubinsky."After his recent passing, seeing him in his prime is a highly poignant moment."

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30 Days to a Younger Heart with Dr. Steven Masley
Friday, August 7th at 9:00 & 10:30 p.m.

Did you know that it's possible to make your heart 10 years younger? Regardless of your body composition, genetics, or age...you can turn back time. And when you do...you will feel healthier, trimmer, fitter,sexier, mentally sharper and better than you have in a decade. Does it sound too good to be true? ...... It isn't... Steven Masley, MD and his three simple steps have helped thousands of patients turn back the clock...and reverse the onset of aging and disease. He is a board-certified physician, nutritionist, longevity researcher and award-winning educator who is also a highly acclaimed chef, trained at the Four Seasons. In "30 Days to a Younger Heart", Dr. Masley shares the surprising news that Metabolic Syndrome, also known as pre-diabetes - not high cholesterol - is the number one cause of cardiovascular disease. Since the term metabolic syndrome is new to most, the doctor describes how easy it is to determine your risk, and why so many Americans have it. Dr. Masley also educates viewers about the dangers of invasive, often unnecessary cardiovascular procedures. His 3 step Heart Tune-Up program is a guide to making lifestyle changes that significantly reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease. He specifically discusses the impact food, nutrients and exercise have on making a measurable difference in the reduction of arterial plaque. Discover five new categories of heart-healing foods, learn how the amount of time you exercise isn't as important as you may think plus ensure you receive the five key nutrients many lack but are truly necessary for a younger heart. No matter how old you are, or how much you weigh or even the health battle you are facing, no one has to be on a one-way street to aging and disability. Patients' lives every day have been saved and transformed with this heart tune-up program that explores the three easy lifestyle corrections that can take 10 years off of your heart's age in just 30 Days.

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IL Volo: Live from Pompeii
Saturday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m.

Soar with the perfect harmony of the charming trio as they pay homage to their home country. The young tenors perform classic Italian favorites and original songs in this new concert special filmed in the spectacular ancient ruins of Pompeii.

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60's & 70's Slow Songs
Saturday, August 8th at 7:30 p.m.

Relive memorable nights of slow dancing and romancing to favorite love songs, featuring unforgettable classics from Andy Williams, Dusty Springfield, The 5th Dimension, Engelbert Humperdinck, Anne Murray and others.

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Simon & Garfunkel: The Convert in Central Park
Saturday, August 8th at 9:00 p.m.
Monday, August 10th at 8:00 p.m.

Join the iconic duo and the more 500,000 fans who came out for this once-in-a-lifetime 1981 benefit concert for the world's most famous urban park. The concert features the pairs' greatest hits, from "Mrs. Robinson" to "Sounds of Silence."

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Motown 25
Saturday, August 8th at 10:30 p.m.

Hosted by legendary comedian Richard Pryor, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever celebrates the 25th anniversary of Motown, with reunions of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes,The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, Jr. Walker and more! Not seen on broadcast TV in more than 20 years, this incredible MY MUSIC special presentation finally comes to public television for one amazing night!

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Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show
Sunday, August 9th at 4:30 p.m.

From the late 1940s through early 1950s, The Ed Sullivan Show, based in the heart of New York's theatre district, presented special performances with original cast members from the most beloved stage musicals of Broadway's golden age. Not seen for decades since their original broadcasts, these rare selections include legends Ethel Merman, Joel Grey, Julie Andrews, John Raitt, Gwen Verdon, Dick Van Dyke, Richard Burton and others in songs from such classics as Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, West Side Story, Sweet Charity and Camelot. This program is hosted by Broadway legend Shirley Jones. The pledge event features live -in studio pitching by show producers TJ Lubinsky and Greg Vines, along with Denise Richardson. Breaks also feature Broadway stage and screen stars Joel Gray and Shirley Jones, pop culture arts expert Rex Reed, and include many additional archival bonus clip excerpts featuring Julie Andrews, Richard Burton, Carol Channing, Celeste Holmes, Robert Merrill, Pat Suzuki, Yul Brynner, and more.

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Starlight Ballroom
Sunday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate the golden era of swing with this glorious look at the orchestras, bandleaders and singers who ruled the radio and dance halls. Featuring Perry Como, Doris Day, Benny Goodman, Tex Beneke, Peggy Lee, The Mills Brothers and more.

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Downton Abbey Rediscovered
Sunday, August 9th at 8:00 p.m.

Relive treasured moments from the five seasons of "Downton Abbey" and sample the next and final season. Savor clips, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and the series' cast. Paula Kerger, PBS president, hosts.

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Classical Rewind
Sunday, August 9th at 9:30 p.m.

From the romantic mood of Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' to the dramatic emotions of Orff's 'O Fortuna', Classical Rewind visits the greatest compositions and composers of all time. The program weaves the stories of their works with visual interpretations of the music set to iconic images of nature, fantasy, historical locations, architecture and art. Interviews with contemporary performers in both the classical and popular arenas offer shared musical memories and personal favorites. The program is designed to reach both long-time music lovers as well as those beginning the journey of exploring the masterworks. For many, this is the music they grew up enjoying and appreciating. For others, the melodies are recognizable from movies, television, commercials and even Fourth of July celebrations. Classical Rewind explores the origins of the music, stories and anecdotes about the composers and their works, and how so many of the classics have become part of our common culture.

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John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind
Monday, August 10th at 9:30 p.m.

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind focuses on the greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 1950s and 1960s folk era. Presented by the lead singer of The Lovin' Spoonful ("Do You Believe In Magic"), Folk Rewind features a treasure trove of historical footage that has not been seen in over four decades -- plus new performances by artists who are still appearing in concert today. Folk Rewind's highlights include a Pete Seeger and Judy Collins duet on Seeger's iconic adaptation of "Turn, Turn, Turn," Harry Belafonte's hit "Jamaica Farewell, Trini Lopez's version of "If I Had a Hammer" and Bobby Darin's heartfelt "Simple Song of Freedom." Among the beloved folk groups represented in vintage footage are The Kingston Trio ("Where Have All the Flowers Gone"), The New Christy Minstrels ("Green, Green"), The Limeliters ("There's a Meeting Here Tonight"), The Serendipity Singers ("Crooked Little Man") and The Brothers Four ("Green Fields"). In addition, The Highwaymen and The Rooftop Singers present their million-selling number one hits "Michael" and "Walk Right In." Stirring new performances on stage are offered by more folk legends. The original Chad Mitchell Trio reunites for Bob Dylan's anthem "Blowin' in the Wind," and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds offers an encore of "Turn, Turn, Turn." Barry McGuire sings his 1965 chart-topper "The Eve of Destruction," and Jesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods performs the generationdefining hit "Get Together."

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Kens Burns: The Civil War
Tuesday, August 11th at 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark series in September 2015 with this in-depth overview of the iconic documentary. See video clips and interviews with Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Buddy Squires and others.

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National Gallery
Friday, August 21st at 9:00 p.m.

Journey to the heart of a London institution, a museum housing masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. The Frederick Wiseman film is the portrait of a place, its relations with the world, its staff, public and art.

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Few Good Pie Places
Tuesday, August 25th at 8:00 p.m.

Come along on a tour of fruity and creamy pie shops from Maine to Minnesota. Meet crusty and flaky cooks who know how to make dough, add spices to fillings and crisscross a lattice top. It's a celebration of apple, berry and sweet potato slices!

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Few Great Bakeries
Tuesday, August 25th at 9:00 p.m.

Explore warm, toasty, small bakeries from Massachusetts to California.Find out how a business that makes cakes, pies, bread and bagels can become a neighborhood landmark. Celebrate beautiful icing, gooey treats and skillful bakers!

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Great Performances - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015
Friday, August 28th at 9:00 p.m.

The Vienna Philharmonic performs an open-air concert from the gardens of Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace. Zubin Mehta conducts, with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist, in works by Grieg, Sibelius, Richard Strauss and Johann Strauss II.

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Sherlock - Season 2 & 3 Encores
Season 2 - August 23rd at 9-11 p.m. & August 30th at 9:00 p.m.
Season 3 - Sundays at 9:00 p.m., September 6th - 20th

Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a thrilling contemporary version of the Victorian-era whodunits, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement,MASTERPIECE "The Last Enemy") as the go-to consulting detective in 21st-century London, with Martin Freeman ("The Office" UK, Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy) as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson, and Rupert Graves (MASTERPIECE "God on Trial", MASTERPIECE "The Forsyte Saga") as the long-suffering Inspector Lestrade. Alan Cumming hosts.

 

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