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Sneak Peek! New Shows Coming to PBS Wisconsin in December

November 25, 2020 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

It wouldn’t be December without an abundance of holiday cheer on PBS Wisconsin. We’ve got all of that and more airing this month — take a sneak peek at what’s to come!

Nature: Santa’s Wild Home

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2

Get an intimate look at the wildlife of Lapland, a region in northern Finland, the fabled home of Santa Claus and actual home of reindeer, wolverines, eagles, wolves, brown bears and more.

Christmas With the Tabernacle Choir

8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14

The Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells at Temple Square join Tony Award-winning star Kelli O’Hara and renowned actor Richard Thomas to celebrate the holidays with a nostalgic program (filmed pre-pandemic) that exudes the warmth and peace that the season can bring.

American Masters: Keith Haring

11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14

International art sensation Keith Haring blazed a trail through the legendary art scene of 1980s New York and revolutionized the worlds of pop culture and fine art. This fascinating and compelling film — told using previously unheard interviews that form the narrative of the documentary — is the definitive story of the artist in his own words.

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas With Vanessa Williams

7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15

The American Pops Orchestra presents an evening celebrating the entire iconic album of holiday classics. This 60-minute performance stars host and vocalist Vanessa Williams with appearances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norm Lewis, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Nova Payton, Dave Detwiler and Morgan James.

Museum Secrets

Series begins 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16

In this five-part series, travel to the world’s most famous museums in search of weird, wonderful, amazing and fascinating stories connected with both the well-known and the more obscure exhibits held in their collections.

Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story

11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23

Nicknamed “Architect to the Stars,” African American architect Paul R. Williams was one of the most successful architects of his time. But at the height of his career, he wasn’t always welcome in the buildings he designed because of his race. Hollywood’s Architect tells the story of how he used talent, determination and even charm to defy the odds and create a celebrated body of work.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2020

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25

It’s December 1965, and everyone at Nonnatus House looks forward to a traditional Christmas, but things don’t go to plan. Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital while Trixie is angry to receive a subscription to a marriage bureau as a Christmas gift.

Vernon Jordan: Make it Plain

9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28

Explore Vernon Jordan’s rise from the segregated South, his tenure as the head of several civil rights organizations, and his current position as a partner at a corporate law firm and financial behemoth Lazard. Jordan is one of the most influential African American thought leaders in America.

American Masters: Laura Ingalls Wilder

7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29

Take an unvarnished look at the unlikely author whose autobiographical fiction helped shape American ideas of the frontier and self-reliance. A Midwestern farm woman who published her first novel at age 65, Laura Ingalls Wilder transformed her frontier childhood into the best-selling “Little House” series.

United in Song: A Celebration of America’s Resilience

10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31

Say goodbye to 2020 with a concert celebrating the irrepressible strength of Americans. From the enormity of COVID-19 to the presence of social injustice, this special evening brings us together in the pursuit of our uniting as one America.

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