January 2017– TV Programming Highlights
Jan. 1 @ 6:30pm – Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration
Great Performances continues the tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of guest conductor and featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. In addition to the Musikverein concert setting, the broadcast features a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host.
Jan 1 @ 8pm – Sherlock Season 4 on Masterpiece (series)
Sherlock returns with three brand-new feature length episodes, promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases. The eagerly anticipated fourth series, produced by Hartswood Films, begins with the nation’s favorite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge – becoming parents for the first time.
Jan. 3 @ 9pm – Frontline: President Trump
An examination of the key moments that shaped President-elect Donald Trump. Interviews with advisors, business associates, and biographers reveal how Trump transformed himself from real estate developer to entertainer to president.
Jan. 6 @ 8pm – In Jackson Heights
Jackson Heights, Queens, New York is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States and the world. The people who live in Jackson Heights, in their cultural, racial and ethnic diversity, are representative of the new wave of immigrants to America. This film, directed by Fred Wiseman, captures the daily life of the people in this community — their businesses, community centers, religions, and political, cultural, and social lives — and the conflict between maintaining ties to traditions of their countries of origin and the need to learn and adapt to American ways and values.
Jan. 10 @ 8pm – Command and Control: American Experience
Discover the terrifying truth behind one of America’s most dangerous nuclear accidents — the deadly 1980 incident at an Arkansas Titan II missile complex — in this minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story.
Jan. 11 @ 8pm – NOVA: The Nuclear Option
Five years after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the unprecedented trio of meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, scientists and engineers are struggling to control an ongoing crisis at the wrecked plant. What’s next for Fukushima? What’s next for Japan? And what’s next for a world that seems determined to jettison one of our most important carbon-free sources of energy?
Jan. 13 @ 8pm – Great Performances: Bel Canto The Opera
In December 2015, Chicago Lyric Opera premiered an opera adaptation of the novel Bel Canto, based on the best-seller by Ann Patchett. Commissioned as part of the Lyric’s Renee Fleming Initiative, the opera tells a story inspired by the 126-day hostage crisis at the Japanese ambassador’s house in Lima, Peru, over the course of 1996-97.
Jan. 15 @ 8pm – Victoria on Masterpiece (series)
In this series about the epic life of Queen Victoria, Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) stars as the young Victoria, a tiny (4′ 11″), a neglected teenager who overnight became Queen and the most powerful woman in the world. The drama follows Victoria from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18 through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Famous for her candor and spirit, she was the first woman who seemed to have it all: a passionate marriage, nine children, and the job of being Queen of the world’s most important nation.
Jan. 17 @ 7pm – The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: American Experience
Revisit two tumultuous months when peace was shattered by assassination. Central to the story are Abraham Lincoln, who transformed suffering into compassion, and his assassin John Wilkes Booth, who allowed hatred to curdle into destruction.
Jan 17 & 18 @ 8pm – Frontline: Divided States of America
Examine the partisanship that gridlocked Washington and charged the 2016 presidential campaign, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle and the racial tensions that have erupted throughout the country.
Jan. 20 @ 8pm – Alicia Keys – Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special
When native New Yorker and Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia Keys collaborated with Jay Z on “Empire State of Mind,” it became the city’s newest anthem. In this special recorded over a one-year period, Keys’ love affair with New York continues as she performs in notable locations all around town including the city’s world famous Circle Line tour, the Unisphere in Queens, and Harlem’s Apollo Theater.
Jan. 22 @ 7pm – Mercy Street (series)
The second season of this Civil War-era drama continues to explore the growing chaos within Alexandria, as allegiances blur and loyalties shift.
Jan. 22 @ 9pm – Secrets of the Six Wives (series)
Travel with historian Lucy Worsley back to the Tudor court to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives, each of whom found a method of exerting influence. The programs combine drama with historical comment.
Jan. 24 @ 7pm – Rachel Carson: American Experience
Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world in this intimate portrait. Featuring Mary-Louise Parker as the voice of Rachel Carson.
Jan 24 @ 9pm – Frontline: Trumps Road to the White House
An investigation of how Donald Trump defied expectations to win the presidency. Through interviews with key players, the film shows how Trump rallied millions of supporters, defeated adversaries, and who he’s bringing into the White House with him.
Jan. 26 @ 9pm – Rick Steves Special: Luther and the Reformation
In 1510, a young monk from Germany named Martin Luther walked 700 miles to Rome on a pilgrimage. He returned home disillusioned, and in 1517, raised 95 difficult theological questions at the university where he taught — and kicked off what became the Protestant Reformation. By questioning corrupt Catholic Church practices, Luther unleashed a torrent of public frustration and undercut the power of the Church. In RICK STEVES SPECIAL: LUTHER AND THE REFORMATION, travel expert Rick Steves sheds light on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Jan. 27 @ 8pm – Brad Paisley – Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special
Country music superstar Brad Paisley returns to his roots in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains for an outdoor concert at West Virginia University. As the hit-maker behind 23 number one singles and the winner of just about every country music award imaginable, Paisley brings his unique skills as a singer songwriter, guitarist and entertainer back to his home state.
Jan. 31 @ 8pm – The Race Underground: American Experience
Learn how America’s first subway, in Boston, overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen, and the great fears of its citizenry to create a rapid transit system soon replicated throughout the country.
Jan. 31 @ 9pm – Frontline: Iraq After ISIS
On-the-ground reporting from Iraq reveals what’s happening in areas where ISIS has been pushed out. With rare access, an investigation into powerful militias and growing sectarianism shaping Iraq. Also: a reporter’s journey into the battle for Mosul.