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Christmas comes early for Call the Midwife with this holiday special

Call-the-Midwife-Holiday.jpgTune in Sunday, 12/30 at 7:30 pm ET for a special Christmas episode of Call the Midwife! Christmas at Nonnatus House finds the nurses and nuns caring for an abandoned newborn and searching for the mother; Jenny trying to locate an elderly homeless woman's children; and the newly married Chummy planning a nativity play.

Evening with the Governor 2012

Evening-with-Governor-2012.jpgGovernor Rick Snyder and Tim Skubick sit down for a one-on-one conversation and look back at 2012, midway through the governor’s first term, airing at 10 pm ET on Friday, 12/28. Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder also appears on the program and reflects on his first year in office and how it has affected their family life.

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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

MI-5-Season-10.jpgMI-5 Thursday, 12/27 from 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. The series' 10th and final season concludes with the team working to stop a suicide-bomb plot by two released prisoners, one of whom is an MI-5 asset. Elsewhere, Harry comes across additional evidence indicating CIA involvement in the assassination attempt on the Russian official.

Under the Radar MichiganUnder The Radar Michigan Saturday, 12/29 from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., repeated Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.; also Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on 56.3 Create. Silver Lake/Midland - Head to sandy Silver Lake for a dune ride that's so much fun you won't even notice all the sand in your shoes. We'll also do some wild off-roading, and have more family fun than a barrel of tourists. We'll even meet the mad scientist of sausage making, and have a cow at a real dairy farm. Then we're off to Midland for a real Santa school, a restaurant that's so good, ghosts go there, and an in depth look at a city well worth living in.                                

Downton AbbeyDownton Abbey Sunday, 12/30 from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Season 2  concludes with the family gathering at Downton for Christmas and the New Year; and Bates on trial for the murder of Vera. In other events, Robert offers relationship advice to Mary. Season 3 premieres January 6th!

Arts & Culture

Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful Saturday, 12/29 from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET. In celebration of his 50th year as a recording artist, Johnny Mathis performs many of his hits in an October 2006 concert in Atlantic City, including "Wonderful, Wonderful" and "Misty."

The Bee Gees: One Night Only

Bee Gees: One Night Only Saturday, 12/29 from 10:30 p.m. - Midnight ET.  A 1997 concert in Las Vegas by the Grammy-winning trio that "covered the whole spectrum of our career," Robin Gibb says. Songs include "How Deep Is Your Love."

Joffrey-Ballet.jpgAmerican Masters Sunday, 12/30 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET. Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance - A history of the Joffrey Ballet, which was founded in 1956 by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, featuring archival footage; and interviews with past and present dancers.

Marvin-Hamlisch.jpgLive From Lincoln Center  Monday, 12/31 from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET. One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch - The New York Philharmonic honors the life and music of Marvin Hamlisch at its New Year's Eve gala, with turns by Joshua Bell, Raúl Esparza, Josh Groban, Megan Hilty, and Frederica von Stade.

Vienna-New-Years-2013.jpgFrom Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2013 Tuesday, 1/1 from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET. The Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Ballet celebrate the New Year at Vienna's Musikverein with a concert that features Strauss family favorites as well as selections from Richard Wagner, Josef Hellmesberger and Joseph Lanner.

Jewish-Broadway.jpgGreat Performances Tuesday, 1/1 from 9:30 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy - Joel Grey narrates this look at the role Jewish composers and lyricists played in creating the modern American musical. Archival and performance clips accent the documentary.

Environment & Energy

Nova-Doomsday-Volcanoes.jpg Nova Wednesday, 1/2 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. Doomsday Volcanoes - A look at three Icelandic volcanoes (Katla, Hekla and Laki) that may be ready to erupt. Each is larger than Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which caused havoc in air travel when it erupted in 2010.

Life-on-Fire.jpgLife on Fire Wednesday, 1/2 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Icelandic Volcanoes: Who Is Next? - The series about volcanoes begins with a survey of Icelandic volcanoes in an attempt to gauge whether any will erupt in the near future and, if so, what the consequences might be.

Health & Wellness - 'Happy New You' Jan. 1, 12:30-6 p.m.

David-Dorian-Ross.jpg T'ai Chi Health & Happiness with David Dorian Ross Tuesday, 1/1 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET. Respected T'ai Chi expert David-Dorian Ross combines a series of demonstrations that walk the viewer through the basics of T'ai Chi with an engaging and detailed description of the specific health and wellness benefits of each part of the process.

The Amen SolutionUse Your Brain to Change Your Age with Dr. Daniel Amen Tuesday, 1/1 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET. In this powerful special, clinical neuroscientist and bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen shares simple steps to boost your brain to help you live longer, look younger and dramatically decrease your risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Leadership & Public Affairs

MiWeekMiWeek Friday, 12/28 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.

Sesame Street Live 2013

elmomakesmusic.pngJoin us for another year of Sesame Street Live! Get your tickets for the best available 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."

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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).

Taste-of-Louisianna.jpgTaste of Louisiana With Chef John Folse & Co. Friday, 12/28 from 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. ET. World-renowned Cajun and Creole chef John Folse examines Louisiana’s culinary history and celebrates the French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, American Indian and African influences on Louisiana’s cuisine.

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