THIRTEEN 2016 Year In Review

Stephanie Riger | December 12, 2016

A look back at an incredible year of programming at THIRTEEN

They’ve inspired laughs and tears. Satisfied curiosities. Kept you informed. And left you wanting more. We’ve been thrilled to deliver, in no small part thanks to the generosity of our Members and viewers.

So take a look back at some of the top programming at THIRTEEN from this past year. And tell us which programs you loved in the comments below!

 

Hamilton’s America

Credit: Courtesy of Joan Marcus

Credit: Courtesy of Joan Marcus

Premiered October 21, 2016
The comprehensive documentary three years in the making kicked off the PBS Arts Fall Festival. It delved into the creation of the Broadway show and explored the process of absorbing and then adapting Alexander Hamilton’s epic story into groundbreaking musical theater.

 

MASTERPIECE: Downton Abbey, The Final Season

Credit: Courtesy of (C) Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE

Credit: Courtesy of (C) Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE

Premiered January 3, 2016
This Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning hit drama returned for a sixth and final season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate — an entertaining formula that has made Downton Abbey the highest-rated drama in PBS history.

 

Ken Burns’s Jackie Robinson

Credit: Hulton Archive - Getty Images

Credit: Hulton Archive – Getty Images

Premiered April 11, 2016
Ken Burns examined the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who in 1947, lifted a nation and an entire race on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line. The documentary revealed fascinating stories about the legend’s life on and off the field.

 

The Great British Baking Show

Credit: Courtesy of © Mark Bourdillion/Love Productions

Credit: Courtesy of © Mark Bourdillion/Love Productions


Premiered July 3, 2016
This fan favorite had us following along with the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers striving to be named the U.K.’s best. Each week, the bakers tackled different skills as hosts and comic foils Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, along with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, searched for the country’s best amateur baker by testing the competitors’ skills on cakes, breads, pastries and desserts, crowning a winner after 10 weeks of competition.

 

PBS NewsHour and PBS NewsHour Weekend

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Airs Weeknights and Weekends at 6 pm, respectively
In 2016, THIRTEEN remained committed to responsible journalism and providing reliable, unbiased coverage of the issues that mattered most. On weeknights, our news program was anchored by Judy Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill, an exemplary journalist who contributed to our longtime standing as the most trusted network in television. Both PBS NEWSHOUR and PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND, hosted by Hari Sreenivasan,  provided in-depth analysis of current events, original field reporting, and special election coverage with a team of seasoned and highly regarded journalists.

 

NATURE: Super Hummingbirds

Credit: Courtesy of Ann Johnson Prum/© THIRTEENProductions LLC

Credit: Courtesy of Ann Johnson Prum/© THIRTEENProductions LLC

Premiered October 12, 2016
This captivating series followed the fast-paced world of hummingbirds through high-speed cameras and breakthrough science. For the first time, we saw them mate, fight, and raise families. They are super hummingbirds—great athletes, yet tender moms who are up for any challenge! NATURE: Super Hummingbirds revealed new scientific breakthroughs about these magical little birds.

 

Great Performances: The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses

Credit: Courtesy of Robert Viglasky © 2015 Carnival Film & Television Ltd

Credit: Courtesy of Robert Viglasky © 2015 Carnival Film & Television Ltd

Premiered December 11, 2016
The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses is a lavish three-part follow-up to the BAFTA winning The Hollow Crown, which aired in 2013 on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances. Featuring some of the UK’s finest acting talent including Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III, Hugh Bonneville as Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, and Judi Dench as Cecily, Duchess of York, The War of the Roses picks up the story with epic film versions of Henry VI (in two parts) and Richard III.

 

Soundbreaking

Courtesy of Sony Music Archives

Courtesy of Sony Music Archives

Premiered November 14, 2016
This new series combined unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated music artists, producers and innovators with rare archival studio footage and an extensive musical soundtrack, to deliver a wide-ranging series on the art of music recording.

 

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

Credit: Courtesy of AP Photo/Jack Thornell

Credit: Courtesy of AP Photo/Jack Thornell

Premiered November 22, 2016
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarked on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, we watched as Gates traveled from the victories of the Civil Rights Movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America — and our nation as a whole.

 

American Masters – Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

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Premiered October 25, 2016
The prolific creator of All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and Good Times effected social change through his groundbreaking sitcoms and activism. This American Masters episode featured George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Jon Stewart, Russell Simmons and more.

 

Theater Close-Up

Credit: William M. Brown

Credit: William M. Brown

Season 2 Premiered October 16, 2015 and runs through December, 2016
Following last year’s auspicious debut of the first season of Theater Close-Up — a unique collaboration between THIRTEEN and the large community of New York City area Off-Broadway theaters — THIRTEEN again presented a selection of provocative and entertaining Off-Broadway plays, captured live on-stage, in our signature “up-close” style. Season 2’s offerings, hosted by Tony Award-winning star of stage, screen, and television Blythe Danner, began with Rasheeda Speaking from The New Group with Cynthia Nixon, and featured Fashions For Men from Mint Theater Company, Wiesenthal from the Acorn Theater, Incident at Vichy from Signature Theatre Company, The Woodsman from New World Stages, Buried Child from The New Group, and Buyer and Cellar from Westport Country Playhouse.

 

Frontline: The Choice

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Premiered September 27, 2016
Veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk went behind the headlines generated by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in modern history, to investigate what has shaped them, where they came from, how they lead, and why they each wanted one of the most difficult jobs imaginable.

 

American Graduate Day

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Premiered September 17, 2016
Broadcast live from Tisch WNET Studios in NYC on public television stations across the country, the 5th annual American Graduate Day focused on mentorship as a solution to one of the nation’s biggest education challenges. Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, American Graduate Day featured leading education, media and celebrity figures who will highlight the role of mentoring to help close the graduation gap, share inspirational stories from across the nation, and encourage others to connect with students as a mentor.

 

Thank You From THIRTEEN

We strive to create content that inspires — but the true measure of our success is the impact our programming has on the lives of our viewers. It’s thanks to your ongoing dedication that we can continue delivering exceptional programs like the ones above, and so many more.

Share the programs that inspired you this year in the comments below. Then, make a donation to support THIRTEEN and help us inspire others.