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Purple Rose Theatre Company presents a world premiere comedy: THE MEANING OF ALMOST EVERYTHING


The 15th play penned by Purple Rose founder and Hollywood actor, Jeff Daniels, The Meaning of Almost Everything is perhaps one of Daniels’ most personal, and yet, most whimsical pieces to date. With elements of slapstick, vaudeville, tragedy and farce, this exuberant romp of a play explores the pain and the joy of human existence. 

The story follows two men, “A” and “B,” who exist in an undefined place and time, a place of safety and comfort, but also a place where nothing happens. One man wants to remain. The other isn't so sure. Through their feats of daring (and sometimes cowardice), they stumble through the darkness to find the big answers to life’s big questions. This comedy questions the nature of our world and the absurdity of it all.  

Showing at The Purple Rose Theatre Company January 10  – March 9, 2013.

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Saturday night is rock night on DPTV!

From 9 - 11:30 pm ET this Saturday, 1/12, we're airing 2 new classic rock concert specials starring The Doors and The Who.

The-Doors.jpgAt 9 pm, it's The Doors Live: The Hollywood Bowl 1968. On July 5, 1968, The Doors took to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl for a concert that has since passed into legend. Included in this performance are "Light My Fire", "Hello, I Love You", "Moonlight Drive" and "The End." Now for the first time the original film footage from the Hollywood Bowl has been digitally scanned and restored to present the show better than it’s ever been seen before.

The-Who.jpgFollowed at 10:30 pm with The Who Live In Texas '75. Filmed at The Summit in Houston, Texas on November 20, 1975, the concert captures a typically incendiary live performance by The Who. The set list stretches across the band's career from classic early singles such as "Substitute" through an extensive "Tommy" section and also Who classics such as "Behind Blue Eyes", "Baba O'Riley (Teenage Wasteland)" and "Won’t Get Fooled Again".

A new detective comes to PBS. DCI Banks premieres Thursday, 1/10

DCI-Banks.jpgAiring over 7 Thursdays at 9:30 pm ET, the Yorkshire countryside provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to these four chilling murder stories based on the Inspector Banks novels by Peter Robinson. The first episode in the series is Aftermath. When two police officers stumble across the lair of a serial killer, Inspector Banks finds himself faced with a chilling murder investigation that will test him to the limit.

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Featured Programming

Antiques RoadshowAntiques Roadshow is coming to Detroit on June 1st as part of the 2013 summer tour! Watch a video of the announcement here and visit for more details and how to apply for tickets!

Ariel-&-Zoey-&-Eli,-Too2.jpgAriel & Zoey & Eli Too Friday, 1/11 from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET. New kids' show premiering on DPTV from right here in metro Detroit! A boy and his twin sisters, Ariel, Zoey and Eli Engelbert, interview celebrity guests, perform skits and sing original songs.

Under the Radar MichiganUnder The Radar Michigan Saturday, 1/12 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. Southeast Michigan - On this special episode of Under The Radar Michigan, we're all in and all around Southeast Michigan. Not only will we sample bite-size burgers from 5 of Southeast Michigan's classic, iconic, little white slider diners, we'll also take you to a tremendous trampoline park in Troy, a marvelous mechanical museum in Farmington Hills, and a place where choppers rule the road in Clinton Township.

Downton-Abbey-Season-3.jpgDownton Abbey Sunday, 1/13 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. The future of Downton Abbey rests on a letter written by Lavinia's late father to Matthew. In other events, Edith prepares for her wedding to Sir Anthony; Mrs. Hughes receives news from Dr. Clarkson; Bates has trouble with his cellmate.

Soul-Food-Junkies.jpgIndependent Lens Monday, 1/14 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Soul Food Junkies - Filmmaker Byron Hurt examines the soul-food tradition of black culture. Because soul food is often cooked with lots of fat, sugar and salt, it can lead to obesity and other health issues, as happened to Hurt's father, who died at age 63.

Rick SnyderMichigan State of the State Address Wednesday, 1/16 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. ET. Governor Rick Snyder's third address to the Michigan Legislature; a message from the Democratic Party will follow. Analysis provided by Off the Record’s Tim Skubick and other Michigan political reporters to be announced.

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."

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

Arts & Culture


DPTV Concert Series:  Jill Jack Saturday, 1/12 from 11:30 p.m. - Midnight ET. Detroit’s own singer-songwriter Jill Jack performs in the DPTV concert studio and talks to host Fred Nahhat about her new album, her career and the Detroit music scene.  Viewers will have a chance to pledge for Jill’s new CD “Sunflower Girl” and support programs on DPTV.

Chatsworth-House.jpgChatsworth House Sunday, 1/13 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET.  An access-all-areas experience inside one of Britain's most majestic stately homes.  Chatsworth House is a fascinating look at class and tradition in a modern world that plays out like a real-life Downton Abbey.

Pioneers-of-Television-Funny-Ladies.jpgPioneers of Television Tuesday, 1/15 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Funny Ladies - The Season 3 premiere spotlights female comedians, including stand-ups Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers, and such sitcom stars as Lucille Ball, Marla Gibbs, Mary Tyler Moore and Betty White. Also: Carol Burnett shares stories of her variety show.


Jack JohnsonUnforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Sunday, 1/13 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET.The conclusion of Ken Burns' profile of the renowned boxer (1878-1946) charts Johnson's "fall." But as it opens he's undisputed heavyweight champ, having easily defeated Jim Jeffries on July 4, 1910. The victory sparked race riots.

The-Abolitionists.jpgAmerican Experience: The Abolitionists Tuesday, 1/15 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. Part Two of Three: 1838-1854 - Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Leadership & Public Affairs

Something-Ventured.jpgSomething Ventured: Risk, Reward and the Original Venture Capitalists Sunday, 1/13 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET.  The venture capitalists who backed the visionary entrepreneurs responsible for such companies as Apple, Atari, Cisco, Genentech, Intel and Tandem share their stories.

Inside-Obama's-Presidency.jpgFrontline Tuesday, 1/15 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Inside Obama's Presidency - An examination of President Barack Obama's first term, including his battles with Republicans over health-care reform and the economy; and his expansion of the targeted killings of enemies.

Environment & Energy

David-Attenborough.jpg Attenborough's Life of Mammals Sunday, 1/13 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET.  An examination of mammals includes their diversity, adaptability, social behavior and geographic distribution. Hosted by David Attenborough.

Life-on-Fire.jpgLife on Fire Wednesday, 1/16 from 10:30 - 11:30 p.m. ET. Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, Life on Fire series offers a close up look at volcanoes. The Surprise Salmon - How a species of salmon survived some 2000 years ago after a volcanic eruption poisoned their river home in what's now Alaska.

Health & Wellness

Digital-Doctors.jpg Digital Doctors Sunday, 1/13 from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET. The Future of Healthcare explores how doctors can virtually be present at your workplace, home, and even a shopping mall. See how technology is putting doctors and patients face to face through thousands of miles apart.

Good-meat.jpg Good Meat Monday, 1/14 from 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET. A report on diabetes on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota focuses on an overweight Oglala Sioux man who sets out to lose weight and regain his health through exercise and a traditional Native American diet that emphasizes buffalo meat

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).

New-Fly-Fisher.jpgNew Fly Fisher Sunday, 1/13 from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. ET. An instructional guide to fly fishing that features video clips and computer graphics to demonstrate helpful techniques to anglers.

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