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Downton Abbey vs. Super Bowl

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"Downton Abbey, Season 3” was the second-highest rated program, behind the Super Bowl, on February 3 both nationally and in the Detroit market.

Detroit Public Television, which averaged 100,000 viewers during the Feb. 3, 9 p.m. program, was up 74% from the “Downton Abbey, Season 2” episode airing on Super Bowl Sunday 2012.

[Downton Abbey continues Sundays at  9 p.m. See listing under Featured Programming.]

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Our DSO webcasts continue on Friday, February 8 at 10:45 a.m. ET. Leonard Slatkin conducts Beethoven Symphonies: 3 & 8. Watch at! 

Antiques Roadshow is Coming to Detroit to kick off its 18th season on PBS!


Antiques Roadshow is coming to Detroit on June 1st as part of the 2013 summer tour! Visit the Roadshow tour page for more details and how to apply for tickets!

Masterpiece Classic Sweepstakes


Enter the 2013 MASTERPIECE Classic Sweepstakes daily thru April 30, 2013, for a chance to win a trip for two adults from the US to Britain. The trip includes VIP tours of Highclere Castle (the setting of “Downton Abbey”), Kensington Palace, Selfridges & Co and more! Travel to Britain must be from Sept. 21-26, 2013. Enter at




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Frontline investigates the debt crisis in Cliffhanger airing Tuesday, 2/12 at 8pm ET

Frontline-Cliffhanger.jpgThis February, as the nation faces yet another round of fiscal crises, Frontline investigates the inside history of how Washington has failed to solve the country's problems of debt and deficit. Drawing on interviews with key players in Congress and the White House, Frontline goes behind the scenes to show how a clash of politics and personalities has taken the nation's economy to the edge of the "fiscal cliff," and now to a second round of standoffs over the debt ceiling and sequestration. Followed at 9pm with PBS Newshour's special 2-hour coverage of the State of the Union Address.

A groundbreaking two-hour Nova special reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet

Nova-Earth-From-Space.jpgEarth From Space, airing Wednesday, 2/13 at 9 pm ET, takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.

Day of Courage

day-of-courage-small.jpgRosa Parks was honored on Monday at The Henry Ford.  Historians, journalists, politicians, and musicians were on hand to celebrate her life and accomplishments. Learn more about Rosa Parks, that fateful day in 1955, and her role in sparking the civil rights movement.  Watch it now >

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Featured Programming

Downton-Abbey-Season-3.jpgDownton Abbey Sunday, 2/10 from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Change arrives in a big way for several key characters at Downton Abbey. A yearly cricket match with the village sees old scores settled and new plots hatched.

Andrae-Crouch.jpgAndrae Crouch: Live in Los Angeles Saturday, 2/9 from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET. Grammy winning gospel singer, pianist, minister, producer and composer Andrae Crouch takes the stage for an incredible performance. The "father of the modern gospel" performs some of his biggest hits such as: "Livin' This Kind of Life," "Right Now" and "The Love Medley." 

Arts & Culture


Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles Saturday, 2/9 from 10:30 p.m. - Midnight ET. Take a step back in time to the 60s British invasion with the Beatles tribute band Rain.  Rain is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience including a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s.

ticket graphicAnd don't forget to donate to see Rain live at the Fox Theatre, Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM.

Single Tickets - $100
Pair of Tickets - $200


Faith in the Hood Sunday, 2/10 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET. The role of religion in a poor Washington, D.C., neighborhood is examined through the prism of five churches and ministries. Included: a street ministry for former convicts and drug addicts; a storefront church; an Afrocentric church.

Sam CookeAmerican Masters Sunday, 2/10 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET. Sam Cooke: Crossing Over - A stirring profile of the great Sam Cooke (1931-64), who helped invent and popularize soul music with such classics as "Chain Gang" (1960) and "A Change Is Gonna Come" (1962). It features a wealth of archival footage.

Fake-or-Fortune.jpgFake or Fortune Sunday, 2/10 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET. Monet, Monet, Monet - Paintings that may or may not be authentic works by legendary artists are investigated by a team of art sleuths, which opens with a piece that could be a previously unknown Monet.

James-Brown.jpgJames Brown: Live in America Monday, 2/11 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. James Brown was universally hailed as the "Godfather of Soul" from the start of his career in the 1950s until his death in 2006. This concert, filmed at the legendary Chastain Park in Atlanta, Georgia in 1984, captures the performer at his peak.              

Leadership & Public Affairs

AutolineAutoline Sunday, 2/10 from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. ET. John McElroy joins veteran automotive journalists Edward Lapham from Automotive News (40 years in the business) and Tony Swan from Car & Driver/Kelly Blue Book (35 years) to discuss the changes they have seen over their years covering the auto industry.

Evening-with-Berry-Gordy.jpgAn Evening with Berry Gordy Monday, 2/11 from 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET. Journalist Gwen Ifill Interviews entrepreneur, songwriter, record producer, movie director and producer Berry Gordy. Included: Valerie Simpson and KEM perform.

Environment & Energy

Nature-Cold-Warriors.jpgNature Wednesday, 2/13 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo - The ancient rite of wolves hunting buffalo is chronicled at Canada's Wood Buffalo National Park. Aerial cameras help document the tactics employed by a wolf pack and the buffalo's evasive maneuvers.

How-To & Travel

Lidias ItalyLidia's Italy in America Saturday, 2/9 from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET. Italian Style Breakfast for Dinner - The Season 2 premiere features frittatas, including ricotta frittata; sausage, eggs and pepper frittata; and an asparagus-and-onion frittata. Also: How Italian-American sausage is made at Brooklyn's Faicco restaurant.

Joanne Weir's Cooking ClassJoanne Weir's Cooking Confidence Saturday, 2/9 from 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET. Italian Flavor or Slow Food, Italian Style - The Season 2 premiere features spinach and fennel salad with prosciutto di San Daniele; Tuscan pot roast; and a creamy polenta.

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).

Christina CooksChristina Sunday, 2/10 from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. ET. Christina Pirello, host of the Emmy®-winning Christina Cooks, brings a fresh new series to Create about eating right and feeling great. Christina captures the experience of attending a live cooking event with an internationally acclaimed authority on natural and whole foods.

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