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My wife and I have been contributing to Channel 56 for almost 40 years. We do not have cable and we like the Create Channel and the 3 [digital] channel idea. . 

Create 56.3

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Viewers of Channel 56.3 CREATE have the opportunity to support this service of “How-To” shows (crafting, cooking, home improvement, and travel) between now and Dec 22.  If you are one of the 200,000 people a week who are also enjoying CREATE, keep 56.3 on the air and please call in to 1-800-859-9887 or click and pledge for CREATE! ]

...Whenever possible we watch Rick Steves and we were lucky enough to see him in person at your station. One of my hobbies is railroading and I appreciate railroad related shows when they appear.

Thank you, 

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas H. Mitchell


The Nutcracker





The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's production of The Nutcracker  will be availble On Demand throughout the holiday season. Leonard Slatkin conducts soprano Heidi Grant Murphy. Watch it now>



The next 2012-2013 season shows to grace the META theatres’ stages will be Performance Network’s “A Little Night Music”  followed by  “Brill”;  Plowshares Theatre Company’s  “The DIVAS Project” followed by “Gem of the Ocean” in February;  Meadow Brook Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” followed by “White’s Lies”;   Detroit Repertory Theatre’s “A Paradise of Fools” followed by  “Postcards;   Williamston Theatre’s “Ebenezer” followed by “End Days;  Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company’s “I Do!, I Do” followed by “Photograph 51”;  and Tipping Point Theatre’s  “This Wonderful Life”  followed by “Looking by Norm”. You may order your tickets now to reserve your seats! Be sure to visit all of the META theatres’ websites to view their new  videos. Each theatre has a new 2012-2013 season “preview” video and one that describes the unique qualities of each theatre.

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After NewtownAs the nation searches for perspective and next steps, PBS and Detroit Public Television present special programming focusing on the issues affecting our communities in light of the Newtown shootings and other recent tragedies. Gwen Ifill hosts After Newtown premiering Friday December 21, 8:00pm ET, repeated at 11 p.m., and an extended 3-hour examination of 6 critical aspects in What Next After Newtown:  What our Country and Communities Can DoSee it Saturday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET.

rogers.jpgDetroit Public Television and other local PBS stations are working together to bring you trusted, helpful information today and in the days to come. We want to help you deal with the tragedy appropriately with your children – answer their questions, address their fears – as together we seek to understand how to prevent such tragedies in the future. Visit for help in talking to your kids about scary situations.


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Year in Review

Rich Homberg Year end messageTake a look at a transformative year in Detroit Public Television’s history in this message from President and CEO Rich Homberg. Watch it now>



Featured Programming

National-Tree-Lighting-12.jpgThe National Christmas Tree Lighting Sunday, 12/23 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET. The 90th annual national Christmas tree lighting ceremony is televised, featuring performances by James Taylor, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Colbie Caillat and Phillip Phillips.

Under the Radar MichiganOn Saturday, 12/22 at 10:30 a.m., this special episode of Under The Radar Michigan,  dedicates the entire program to a great Michigan neighborhood that defines itself through food, culture and community... Southwest Detroit.


Downton AbbeyDownton Abbey Sunday, 12/23 from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Part 6 of Season 2. Continues with the Spanish flu sweeping through the household and infecting Cora, Lavinia and Mr. Carson, among others. Mary, Sybil and Robert, meanwhile, each face a moment of truth. You can still donate to get the upcoming Season 3 DVDs by going here.

Magical-Mystery-Tour.jpgMagical Mystery Tour Revisited Tuesday, 12/25 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Previously unseen footage and remarks from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr accent this look at the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" movie, which was panned upon its 1967 BBC premiere but, in the years since, has come to be viewed as a flawed masterpiece. The original show follows at 9:00 p.m.  See story below.

MI-5-Season-10.jpgMI-5 Wednesday, 12/26 from 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Spoiler alert: Special 2-night airing of MI-5 series 10 starting Wednesday with episodes 1-3 and finishing with episodes 4-6 on Thursday, 12/27. The series' 10th and final season opens with a former colleague of Harry's murdered. In other events, Harry is suspicious of an old KGB rival, who's in London to coordinate a strategic partnership between the U.K. and Russia. Encore broadcasts of MI-5 series 6-9 – and then Series 10 – will continue in order Sunday nights at 11 in 2013.

Arts & Culture

LWELK.jpgLawrence Welk Show Christmas Saturday, 12/22 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. ET. Holiday favorites, including "Jingle Bells"; "Doll Dance"; "Star Carol"; "Frosty the Snowman"; and "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus."



Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby Saturday, 12/22 from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET. A holiday celebration with Rod Stewart, who duets with Michael Bublé ("Winter Wonderland"), Mary J. Blige ("We Three Kings") and, backed by Trombone Shorty, Cee-Lo Green ("Merry Christmas, Baby"). Also: a virtual duet with Ella Fitzgerald.

Celtic Thunder ChristmasCeltic Thunder Christmas Monday, 12/24 from 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET.
Celtic Thunder celebrate the holiday season in a Poughkeepsie, N.Y., concert that features "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," "Let It Snow," "Winter Wonderland" and "Silent Night."

Magical-Mystery-Tour-Full.jpgThe Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour  Tuesday, 12/25 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. The Beatles' Merry Pranksters-inspired "Magical Mystery Tour," fully restored and featuring a remixed soundtrack that includes the title song, "The Fool on the Hill," "Flying," "I Am the Walrus," "Blue Jay Way" and "Your Mother Should Know."

Children & Education

MSU-Children's-Choir.jpg Songs for the Season With the MSU Children's Choir Thursday, 12/20 from 11:30 p.m. - Midnight ET. The Michigan State University Children's Choir performs holiday favorites, including "Silent Night," "White Christmas" and "Wassail Song". Also: the choir in rehearsal; interviews with choir members.

Cat-in-the-Hat-Christmas.jpg Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas Sunday, 12/23 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET. The Cat, Nick and Sally help a lost reindeer return home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. They're helped by various animals, including African elephants and bottlenose dolphins.

Curious George Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas Tuesday, 12/25 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET. A Christmas quandary for George and the Man With the Yellow Hat: what to give each other. In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.


Jerusalem.jpg Jerusalem: Center of the World Thursday, 12/20 from 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. ET. Ray Suarez hosts this history of Jerusalem, which relies on the religious texts of Christianity, Islam and Judaism to tell the city's story and detail how it came to play a major role for all three faiths.

FRONTLINE: From Jesus To ChristFrontline Tuesday, 12/25 from 10:00 p.m. - Midnight ET. From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians - Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, 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.

Leadership & Public Affairs

MiWeekMiWeek Friday, 12/21 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!

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).

Stuck-in-the-Middle.jpgStuck in the Middle: Caring for Mom & Dad Thursday, 12/20 from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET. Elder-care expert Barbara McVicker discusses issues many people will face regarding the care of aging parents. Audiences will leave with the essential information and tools they will need to navigate care giving and move from crisis to planning.

Rick Steves European Christmas

Rick Steves' European Christmas Saturday, 12/22 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET.   A look at how Christmas is celebrated in Paris; Oslo; Bath, England; and Burgundy, France. Also: the traditions of Germany's Nurnberg, Salzburg and Obendorf are detailed.

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