March is Women’s History Month and we’re saluting those who dare to be different. The visionaries, the fearless, the funny, the fighters and even those who fell from grace. THIRTEEN kicks off its tribute to women with a new documentary, American Masters: Patsy Cline, the finales of Mercy Street and Masterpiece: Victoria, and favorite encore broadcasts dedicated to Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Janis Joplin, and Dorothea Lange.
More Premieres in March
Here are previews of three of the programs premiering in March on THIRTEEN.
Against All Odds: The Fight for A Black Middle Class
Monday, March 6 at 10pm
The program probes the harsh and often brutal discrimination that has made it extremely difficult for African-Americans to establish a middle-class standard of living. As Bob Herbert notes in the film’s opening, “Whites talk about working hard and playing by the rules. But blacks have always had to play by a different, hateful set of hideously unfair rules. Working hard has never been enough for black Americans to flourish”. Through dramatic historical footage and deeply moving personal interviews, the documentary explores the often frustrated efforts of black families to pursue the American dream.
Theater Close-Up: The Originalist
Monday, March 13 at 9pm
John Strand’s The Originalist, captured live on-stage at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero (Red) returns to Arena Stage as one of America’s most brilliant and polarizing figures: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. When bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate Cat (Kerry Warren) embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation’s highest court? Along the way, Cat’s relationship with Scalia is complicated further by Brad (Harlan Work), an adversarial law clerk on Scalia’s staff.
Dead Reckoning: War, Crime and Justice from WWII to the War on Terror
Tuesday, March 28 at 8-11pm
An astonishing new PBS documentary, Dead Reckoning, will reveal that the model of justice ingeniously conceived by the Allies in the wake of the Second World War has evolved into a standard by which all conflicts are judged. However many decades and miles separate those conflicts and however inhumane the underlying crimes, all have been prosecuted according to protocols that the Allies devised for three unique situations: the determination of command responsibility; the pursuit of war criminals; and the accumulation of evidence and testimony at crime scenes. The film will explore the origins of the Allied response to these unique situations, along with transformative conflicts and atrocities that have, for seventy years, shaped conceptions of war and peace.