On-Air Highlights

Holiday shows for fall viewing

Written by witf.org, | Oct 31, 2013 3:04 PM

This fall, be sure to tune in for TV programs honoring U.S. veterans. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10, witf will broadcast documentaries that showcase the skills of pioneering women aviators in World War II, focus on the life and exploits of Central PA’s native son, Dick Winters, and honor Vietnam War veterans. The best of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival will also be sampled.

On Friday nights in November, witf will dedicate shows to the PBS Fall Arts Festival. Watch for both Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” and Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” to air. “Nashville 2.0” is a performance- filled documentary that pays tribute to the country stars who inspired a new generation of American artists. On Nov. 29, “Great Performances” shares Barbra Streisand’s historic homecoming at the Barclay Center.

Also in November, “American Masters” will celebrate the music and life of Jimi Hendrix with never-before-seen footage, archival photographs and family letters.

Humor gets its honors, too, when the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize is awarded to Carol Burnett. The star-studded two-hour special pays tribute to the first lady of comedy at 8 p.m. Nov. 24.

In December, a special “American Masters” is expected to focus on the bittersweet life and fabulous music of the late Grammy, Emmy, Oscar and Tony winner Marvin Hamlisch. Check witf.org TV schedule.

And to help viewers celebrate the holidays, witf TV will provide a creative mix of seasonal programming. Highlights might include music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Rod Stewart and Nathan Pacheco. Celebrations also will be marked by “Christmas at Luther” and other favorite locales. Holiday programs are expected from most of favorite PBS kids shows including “Peg + Cat,” “Dinosaur Train,” “Curious George,” “Cat in the Hat” and more. And finally, don’t forget to ring in the new year with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.

And finally, it’s nearly here. Anticipation for the fourth season of “Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey” continues to build through the fall with the premiere of the new season on Sunday, Jan. 5. Actor Paul Giamatti joins the cast as Cora’s playboy brother Harold. New Faces also include Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who, as a guest, sings in the house. You can get glimpses of the new season via video posted at pbs.org/ masterpiece/downtonabbey.

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