On-Air Highlights

witf TV Picks for the week of November 24

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Nov 19, 2013 9:45 AM

TV Highlights in depth:

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    Sunday at 8:00pm - Mark Twain Prize - Carol Burnett — comedic icon and all-around performing legend — is the guest of honor when, for the 16th year, the comedy world convenes in Washington, DC, to toast this year’s recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The all-star cast includes Julie Andrews, Lucie Arnaz, Tony Bennett, Tim Conway, Tina Fey, Rashida Jones, Vicki Lawrence, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and Rosemary Watson. The program features comedic highlights from Burnett’s half-century in show business.
  • Monday at 8:00pm - Antiques Roadshow - Host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Rafael Eledge aboard the USS Midway, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century, to discuss the evolution of a 19th-century sailor's side arm: the cutlass. Highlights include an 18th-century ivory carved creche that could be worth up to 30 times what the owner paid for it; a beautifully preserved banner from George Washington's inauguration ball; and a circa 1900 Turkmenistan rug, valued at $125,000 to $150,000.
  • Tuesday at 9:00pm - The March - Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring 'I Have a Dream' speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. The film reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the memories of key players such as Jack O'Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young. Supporters and other testimonials of the March include Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Roger Mudd, Joan Baez and Oprah Winfrey, in addition to historians, journalists, authors and ordinary citizens who joined some 250,000 Americans who thronged to the capital on that momentous day to peacefully demand an end to two centuries of discrimination and injustice. The film is narrated by Denzel Washington.
  • Wednesday at 8:00pm - Nature - Based on the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto, portrayed by wildlife photographer Jeff Palmer, this film chronicles Hutto’s remarkable experience of imprinting wild turkey eggs and raising the hatchlings to adulthood. Deep in the wilds of Florida, Hutto spent each day out and about as a “wild turkey” with his family of chicks — until the day came when he had to let his children grow up and go off on their own. As it turned out, this was harder than he ever imagined. Hutto’s story also became a book, "Illumination in the Flatlands."  Wednesday continues with two additional episodes of Nature: An Original DUCKumentary at 9:00pm and The Private Life of Deer at 10:00pm.
  • Thursday at 8:00pm - POV: Listening is an Act of Love - The first-ever animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. The special features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project, when everyday people sit down together to share memories and tackle life's important questions. Framing these intimate conversations from across the country is an interview between StoryCorps founder Dave Isay and his inquisitive 9-year-old nephew, Benji, animated in the inimitable visual style of the Rauch Brothers.
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    Friday at 9:00pm - Great Performances - 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.
  • Saturday at 8:30pm - Carole King - James Taylor Live at the Troubadour - This concert special starring Carole King and James Taylor was filmed at their 2007 performances celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Los Angeles' famed Troubadour nightclub. At that club 40-some years ago, Taylor urged King to emerge as an artist from behind her piano, a seminal moment in the history of these pop singer-songwriter icons. King and Taylor perform 12 songs, including stunning performances of the pair’s most beloved hits, such as King’s “So Far Away,” “It’s Too Late” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” as well as Taylor’s “Carolina in My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James” and “Fire and Rain,” to name just a few.

Next week:

  • December 1 at 9:00pm - 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 nominee 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.”
  • December 4 at 8:00pm - Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert - The all-new holiday special Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music features the amazing 12-year old pianist, singer, songwriter and composer Ethan Bortnick, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, 4-piece band, and the 120-member Kids Choir, in a program that had the live audience dancing in the aisles!
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