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Chris Mann Comes to DPTV!

Chris-Mann.jpgChris Mann (from 'The Voice') will be with us at the Riley Broadcast Center this Friday at 9:30 pm ET to talk about his first concert special, Chris Mann in Concert: A Mann For All Seasons. Chris Mann  performs an exciting and eclectic blend of songs, ranging from "Ave Maria" to Damien Rice's "The Blower's Daughter," and Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind," to Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now." Now he's found a home here on PBS, with a new program DPTV is bringing to the nation, singing a collection of classical-crossover favorites live in concert with two very special guests: four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and 14-time Grammy nominated Martina McBride and bestselling contemporary jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair.

Love Create?  Show it starting Monday!

Create 56.3Pledge drive ends on our main channel Sunday. Starting Monday, 12/17, you have the opportunity to show your support for another Detroit Public Television service, our How-To Channel 56.3 Create. Tune in for an array of programming that shows you how to improve your life and your home, tempt your palate, and discover the world.  But these programs depend on having their own viewer support, just like our main channel.  So if you're a watcher, tune in 56.3 and pledge on air this Monday or online by clicking here.

If you haven't seen it yet, look for television's most popular how-to, cooking, crafting, and travel series over the air on Channel 56.3, or on cable (Comcast 288, BrightHouse 156, Charter 433). If your cable or satellite company does not have WTVS Create 56.3, ask them for it!

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Featured Programming

Downton AbbeyDownton Abbey Sunday, 12/16 from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Parts 4 & 5 of Season 2. The second season continues with the household preparing for the war's end. In case you missed it, we are giving you multiple times to watch the behind-the-scenes look at Downton Abbey, Downton Abbey Revisited: Friday, 12/14 at 2:30 and 8pm. Saturday, 12/15 at 6pm. Sunday, 12/16 at 1 and 7:30pm. Remember, you can still pre-order Season 3 by going here.

First-Freedom.jpg First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty Tuesday, 12/18 from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET. This program profiles the generation of colonial Americans who raised the ideal of religious freedom to the level of a fundamental human right. And it honors those founders who could not rest until it was carved into law.

Iranian-Americans.jpg The Iranian Americans Tuesday, 12/18 from 9:30 - 10:30 p.m. ET.  This program explores the history and lives of the Iranian American community in the United States. Beginning with the 1979 Iranian Revolution, through the mass immigration of the Iranians to the U.S.

You may also like: Rick Steves’ special travelogue about Iran today airs Monday 12/17.  See story below. 

Arts & Culture

Brit FloydBrit Floyd: The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Tribute Show Saturday, 12/15 from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET. This extravagant new show brings together all the best elements of a real Pink Floyd show, world-class musicians, world-class road crew, and amazing new cutting edge Floydian animation.

Don't forget to pledge to see Brit Floyd live at the Detroit Music Hall, ticket graphicSaturday, March 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM.

Single Tickets - $50
Pair of Tickets - $100
Pair of Meet & Greet Tickets - $250

Doc MartinDoc Martin Friday, 12/14 from 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET. If you haven’t yet discovered this series,Dr. Martin Ellingham, a smart physician with a foul disposition, has moved to Portwenn to replace the Cornish hamlet's deceased doctor, and promptly sets about alienating everyone. As we await Season 6 later next year, get another taste of Season 5 Friday night at 11, or order it by going here.

Muddy-Waters-Rolling-Stones.jpgMuddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live Saturday, 12/15 from 10:30 p.m. - Midnight ET. From November 22, 1981 restored from original footage - Relive an amazing night of blues with legendary bluesman Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones.


Antiques Roadshow Monday, 12/17 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET.  Greatest Gifts - Individuals have gifts that they've received appraised. Included: a Louis Comfort Tiffany necklace; a Fender bass guitar; a 1937 Clyfford Still Oil Painting in Palm Springs, California.

Market-Warriors.jpgMarket Warriors Monday, 12/17 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. Antiquing in Canton, TX (Part 1) - A search for Mission Oak furniture at the First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. Found items include an antique document box, a Bostrom Brady surveying tool and a pair of Knoll chairs.


FRONTLINE: From Jesus To Christ Frontline Tuesday, 12/18 from 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. ET. From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians - Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, FRONTLINE transports viewers back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity.

Health & Self Improvement


Easy Yoga for Arthritis with Peggy Cappy Thursday, 12/13 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET. Yoga for Arthritis with Peggy Cappy is designed to address not only arthritis issues but all joints which have stiffened with age or become less mobile from injury or inactivity.             

brendawatsonRoad to Perfect Health with Brenda Watson Friday, 12/14 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET. Learn the secret to balancing your gut and healing your body, beginning with the power of probiotics. Brenda gives you the keys to rebuilding your health from the inside out and finally living the life you've always wanted.

Environment & Energy

Nature-of-Cities.jpg Nature of Cities Thursday, 12/13 from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. ET. A look at the natural world in urban settings. Included: San Diego; Austin; Copenhagen; Amsterdam; Paris; Stockholm; Freiburg, Germany; Malmo, Sweden.

Nature Christmas in Yellowstone Nature Wednesday, 12/19 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Christmas in Yellowstone - Linda Hunt narrates this delightful look at Yellowstone National Park in winter, featuring red foxes seeking mice and voles in snow-covered fields; an otter family reuniting with an injured offspring; bison foraging for food.

How-To & Travel

Rick-Steves'-Iran.jpg Rick Steves' Iran Monday, 12/17 from 11:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. ET. A tour of Iran, featuring stops in Tehran, Shiraz, Esfahan and Persepolis. Included: monuments from its past; Friday prayer at a prominent mosque; the challenges facing the youth; anti-American murals; a family dinner.

European-Christmas-Markets.jpg European Christmas Markets Wednesday, 12/19 from 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET. A tour of towns in Germany, France and Switzerland, spotlighting their traditional Christmas markets, which feature booths offering hot wine, sweet treats and holiday decorations. The soundtrack features the Kingston Trio singing Christmas carols.

Leadership & Public Affairs

MiWeekMiWeek Friday, 12/14 from 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET. News/public affairs program designed to meet the community’s evolving need for journalism-focused context and perspective on the top news and issues affecting Metro Detroit. You and a guest can have lunch with Nolan, Stephen, and Christy by pledging here!

Children & Education

Clifford the Big Red Dog Clifford's Really Big Movie Friday, 12/14 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET. When super-sized Clifford thinks he's too large for his family to feed, he runs away and enters an animal talent show, hoping to win the prize: a lifetime supply of Tummy Yummy dog food.

Sesame Street Live 2013

elmomakesmusic.pngJoin us for another year of Sesame Street Live! Get your tickets early for the best seats in the house. 

Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together. "Elmo Makes Music" features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with such as "C Is for Cookie" and "The Alphabet Song."

Go here for ticket information, and don't forget to join Kids Club for special offers on all DPTV events.

Create Programming Highlights

Create 56.3Looking for television's most popular how-to, cooking, crafting, and travel series? They're all on Detroit Public TV channel, 56.3 Create. (Comcast 288, BrightHouse 156, Charter 433).

Earth-Song.jpgEarth Songs Monday, 12/17 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET. Filmed over two years in some of the most pristine and beautiful places on the planet, the film takes you on a journey of ageless wisdom, inspiring poetry and stunning footage of Mother Earth at her finest.

Rick Steves' Europe ClassicsRick Steves' Mediterranean Mosaic Wednesday, 12/19 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET. A tour of southern Greece, Turkey and Croatia. In Greece, sites include the ruins of Olympia. In Turkey, stops include Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. In Croatia, destinations include Zagreb (the capital).

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