Dec. 1 @ 5pm – Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn
The legendary Barbra Streisand makes a historic homecoming to Brooklyn at the new Barclays Center arena, marking the superstar’s first Brooklyn concert since her childhood years. Joined by special guests Il Volo and Chris Botti, Streisand performs an extensive selection of songs from throughout her five-decade career, including a touching duet with her son, Jason Gould.
Dec. 1 @ 8pm – Return to Downton Abbey
Savor fond memories from the past three seasons of “Downton Abbey” and get a tantalizing taste of the upcoming fourth season. Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon — a devoted fan of the series — hosts the program, which includes a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of favorite moments. Structured around three themes, RETURN TO DOWNTON ABBEY explores “The Changing World of Downton Abbey,” “The Women of Downton Abbey” and “Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey.”
Dec. 2 @ 7pm & 9pm – The Best of the 60’s (My Music Archives)
Favorite hits of the decade are performed by the New Rascals, the Fifth Dimension, Steppenwolf, Roger McGuinn, The Zombies, Blood, Sweat & Tears and many more
Dec. 3 @ 7pm – Celtic Woman: Home for the Holidays (Local Ticket Opportunity)
Celebrate the holidays with timeless favorites performed with a Celtic twist in this new chapter of musical enchantment from the enormously popular all-female ensemble. A visual and aural feast, this moving and festive celebration was filmed at Dublin’s Helix Theatre.
Dec. 3 @ 8:30pm – The Mavericks: In Time
Experience the magic, infectious energy and intoxicating beats of this country-steeped garage band, led by a Cuban-American singer, that has been called “the most interesting band in the world.”
Dec. 4 @ 8:30pm – 60’s Girl Grooves
Join host Mary Wilson of the Supremes as she celebrates the greatest girl groups and solo singers of the 1960s, including archival performances from The Supremes, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Petula Clark, Martha & the Vandellas, Jackie DeShannon and many other favorites.
Dec. 5 @ 9pm – Statler Brothers Farewell Concert
On October 26, 2002, the Statler Brothers took the stage for the last time in a career that began over 40 years ago. At the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia, the house was packed, enthusiastic and adoring. THE STATLER BROTHERS FAREWELL CONCERT documents the event and celebrates one of country music's most honored acts. These four guys from Virginia, with their signature blend of four-part harmony, have been firmly rooted in nostalgia from the time they came of age.
Dec. 10 @ 7pm Oilmen: Tales from the South Texas Oil Patch
OILMEN: Tales from the South Texas Oil Patch tells the story of the oil and gas industry and how it rose out of an accidental discovery in 1854 to become the major industry in South Texas. This one hour documentary depicts the risky adventures of early day wildcatters and adventurous businessmen who gambled everything in a quest for black gold. Through boom and bust, these tough men made this once untamed frontier into what is now one of the richest oil producing areas in the nation.
Dec. 10 @ 8:30pm & 9:15pm – Golden Gloves: A History of Boxing in South Texas
GOLDEN GLOVES: A HISTORY OF BOXING IN SOUTH TEXAS chronicles the history of boxing in South Texas from the late 1950s until the early 1980s. During that time period boxing was incredibly popular in the area, and numerous sophisticated gyms with knowledgeable trainers sprang up to meet the demand. Boys as young as ten years old went into training programs and competed in the Golden Gloves, an amateur boxing competition. Champions developed in this environment, and some of them became professional boxers. The program focuses on three boxers: Porfirio “Blackie” Zamora, Humberto “Lefty” Barrera, and Jesse Benavides. It also includes the viewpoints of trainers, who endeavored to become a positive force in the community.
Dec. 11 @ 7pm – Great Performances: Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages
Like Enrico Caruso before him, Luciano Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. Quickly establishing his rich sound as the great male operatic voice of the 20th century, he expanded his reach to stadium concerts and pop collaborations that brought him fame beyond measure. Audiences adored his larger than life personality, childlike charm, generous figure and happy go lucky style. This program celebrates the 50th anniversary since the launch of the international phenomenon. In 1963, he debuted in Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich and finally London. Even today, it is his powerful sound, with its natural grace and brilliant color, that still leads many to consider him the world’s greatest voice.
Dec. 17 @ 8pm – How Sherlock Changed the World
The fictional Sherlock Holmes was a scientist who used chemistry, bloodstains and minute traces of evidence to catch criminals. In an era when eyewitness reports and “smoking gun” evidence were needed to convict criminals, Sherlock Holmes’ crime-scene methods were revolutionary. Forensic scientists, crime historians and Sherlockian experts reveal for the first time the astonishing impact Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation had on the development of real-life criminal investigation and forensic techniques. With a mix of interviews, dramatic reconstruction and archives, the program tells the story of the impact and legacy of the most famous crime fighter in history.
Dec. 22 @ 7pm – Mr. Stink
This special family comedy with a nose-clenching twist is based on David Walliams’ best-selling book.
Dec. 24 @ 8pm – Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
As seen and heard by more than 80,000 people in the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, this program features renowned TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning Les Misérablestenor Alfie Boe in a concert of holiday favorites. Boe’s moving signature performance of “Bring Him Home” is a highlight. The choir also welcomes a surprise guest, Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, the famous candy bomber of the Berlin airlift. Together with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, these special guests bring attendees to their feet more than once during the night.
Dec. 25 @ 8pm – NOVA: Building the Great Cathedrals
Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spider web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking a hundred years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians and computer scientists searches the naves, bays and bell-towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth came true.
Dec. 31 @ 7pm – Live from Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma