THIRTEEN 2010 Year in Review

2010 was a year of...

2010 – it was quite a year. There have been many ups and downs. Together, we witnessed the political landscape change again, watched financial downturns and recoveries, and witnessed many historically significant events. And throughout all this – THIRTEEN has been there for you with remarkable programs that inspire, inform and entertain.

To thank members and viewers like you, we’ve put together a slideshow of THIRTEEN’s most memorable moments of the year for you to reflect on and enjoy.
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Extraordinary people

Faces of America: Our American Stories

Premiered February 10

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Stephen Colbert, Meryl Streep, Mario Batali, Kristi Yamaguchi, Yo-Yo Ma and many other prominent Americans on a genealogical journey to reveal previously unknown facts about their ancestors. They won Oscars, Emmys and Olympic gold, but nothing meant more than discovering their roots.
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And exceptional entertainment

Live From Lincoln Center: South Pacific

Premiered August 18

The Tony Award-winning revival of the musical theater classic starred Kelli O’Hara and Paulo Szot in the story of two couples whose love is threatened by the realities of WWII. The program drew huge audiences on THIRTEEN and raves from critics. It was also a reminder that THIRTEEN is truly the premiere source of arts, culture, music and dance programs on television.
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Of hold-on-to-your-seat moments

Ken Burns: The Tenth Inning & Baseball: A New York Love Story

Premiered in September

Ken Burns and public television fit together like an old comfortable baseball glove. Burns picked up where Baseball left off in the early '90s with a look at the game’s major moments, including the strike, steroids, the home run chase, the Yankee Dynasty and a Red Sox championship. Fans of the Yanks, Mets, Giants and Dodgers got their moment in the spotlight, sharing their memories about the game in the New York region in Baseball: A New York Love Story.
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And deep emotional connections

Nature: Echo – An Elephant to Remember

Premiered on October 17

THIRTEEN celebrated the life and legacy of Echo, an extraordinary elephant first profiled on Nature nearly two decades ago. She died of natural causes at the age of 65 in May 2009, and Nature was there to look back at her remarkable journey, and looked ahead to her family’s future.
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Of dark secrets

Great Performances: Macbeth

Premiered October 6

Sir Patrick Stewart transported us a world that is wicked, wonderful and gloriously Shakespearean when he starred in the title role in Shakespeare's tragic and bloody tale. Originating at England’s innovative Chichester Festival Theatre, the play — packing a powerful emotional punch — was taken out of its Scottish context and into a nameless 20th-century militaristic society to offer an allegory of war and the quest for power in the modern world.
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And enlightening revelations

Need to Know

Premiered May 7 and airs every Friday night at 8:30pm

For the seventh consecutive year, the American people have named PBS the most trusted source for news on television. THIRTEEN built on that reputation when it debuted Need to Know, our weekly news and current affairs program, last May. Anchored by Pulitzer-prize winning biographer Jon Meacham and Peabody Award-winning broadcast journalist Alison Stewart, Need to Know offers in-depth investigative journalism with a healthy dose of insight, perspective and wit. Need to Know cuts through the noise of nonstop news to bring you the most compelling stories of our times.
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A year when we took it to the streets

The Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center Open Its Doors in April, 2010

Our new street level Lincoln Center studios, which opened in April at the corner of 66th and Broadway, helped underline the “public” in public television like never before. The state-of-the-art, glass-walled studios — home to such productions as Need to Know, Reel13, Sunday Arts, and many special local programs — epitomize who we are and stand as a metaphor for THIRTEEN’s unique relationship with the people we serve. Remember, when you’re in the neighborhood, stop and put your face to the glass.
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And found out what those streets meant to one man

American Masters: LENNONYC

Premiered November 22

His music helped transform a generation, and 30 years after his shocking death, the world continues to imagine. In a special program that resonated with viewers in New York and around the world, American Masters: LENNONYC, we got an especially poignant portrait of how John Lennon spent his final years in his adopted home of New York City. Rare footage, studio outtakes, music and interviews with friends, helped us comprehend his musical genius, his relationship with Yoko, and his joy at being a father. The conversation continued online at where viewers shared their memories of Lennon and his music.
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For all that you have helped us bring to light…

Paris: The Luminous Years

Premiered December 15

New York may now be the capital of the modern art world, but Paris is where it all began. In the early decades of the twentieth century, a storm of modernism swept through the art worlds of the West, uprooting centuries of tradition in the visual arts, music, literature, dance, theater and beyond. The epicenter of this storm was Paris. Paris: The Luminous Years explored a unique moment in Paris from 1905 to 1930, when an international group including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Ernest Hemingway, Jean Cocteau, Gertrude Stein and many others revolutionized the direction of modern art.
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we thank you.

We hope you enjoyed the 2010 Year-In-Review slideshow. It’s a great reminder of all we accomplished in the past year. Though it was a financially challenging one for THIRTEEN, we were able to forge ahead with remarkable, independent and commercial-free programs.

Throughout the year we thought of the remarkable people who helped make this exceptional programming possible: our valued viewers who make up our largest single source of support.

Please help us continue to bring more memorable programs to you in 2011. Make a tax-deductible, year-end donation before midnight on Dec. 31.
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  • BenInBrooklyn

    Def lots of good shows this year. My fav was LENNONYC on American Masters.

  • David A. Picken

    My favorite shows were “Paris” and “Pete Seegar”

  • Valerie Smith

    I enjoyed the genealogy program with Prof. Gates, and what I saw of South Pacific, and I have always enjoyed watching Pete Seeger programs and the Britcom, As Time Goes By.

  • mike collins

    As always , premium television and entertainment is brought to us by PBS-13 ! As a lifelong musician and a lifelong Beatle fan LENNONNYC was my favorite ! It was so well done and inspiring !! Thank You !! ( and happy holidays to all!)

  • Joy Adams

    My favorite programs are Frontline and anything Ken Burns produces. Sometimes I’ll look at the subject matter and think, “I’m not really interestd in that subject”. Then I watch the programs. I find myself totally absorbed with a new interest in a subject I thought I’d never find interesting.

    Thank you for those two programs, particularly. So happy Channel 13 and PBS are there for us.

  • Gina Halasnik

    Love Masterpiece Theatre (all types), American Experience, The Lennon NYC program and almost all the documentaries you do. Also loved the genealogy program with Prof. Gates. So many interesting programs hard to remember them all.

  • Marlene Ackerman

    If it was not for PBS broadcasting I’d retire my TV set as there is nothing else of value worth watching. My personal favorites are Masterpiece Theater, POV and Independent Lens. Thank you for all of your wonderful broadcasting.


    John Lennon topped them all…but love love love the Brit comedies…as I have often asked…When can we revisit….UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS……………..MADAME BOVERY…………THE DUCHESS OF DUKE STREET………MOTHER LOVE…………..THE CHARMER………..I CLAUDIUS…… and on and on and on…….a new generation out here (and the old ones still remembering) …..We need to see them all…………please consider…..thank you PBS xoxo

  • Nancy Firth

    I agree with Carole Runo. BBC America is not worth watching. PLEASE CONSIDER!!!! Brideshead Revisited!!! Upstairs, Downstairs. I miss them so. As for 2010, the genealogy program was so interesting. Lennon NYC moved me to tears. Thank you sooooo much, PBS!!!

  • judy hasnas gold

    hi. ia am a donor to channel 13 and had set my TV to record South Pacific (one of my very favorite shows, and the Lincoln Center production was brilliant). Very sadly, my daughter erased it before I even watched it one time. is there any way I can pay to get a copy of this, or will it be aired again, and if so, when????
    thank you so much .
    judy hasnas gold

  • Dorothy LaMantia

    This year I started watching the independent films on Saturday night which have given me more reason to remain a loyal supporter.

  • Rainie Crawford

    “Paris: The Luminous Years” was – is – the best Art Program you’ve presented so far. The candid images of artists, their work, the glimpses into their real lives was extraordinary.
    More of this kind of enlightenment please!

    Also LENNONNYC was wonderful. Thank You PBS!

  • Frank & Erika Kochey

    We have been members for years. Although we do watch other channels, PBS is our mainstay. Among our favorites are BBC news; Andre Rieu (whom we saw live); Andrea Bocelli; the Three Tenors (the original); and of course, Keeping Up Appearances; along with many others. We look forward to more of your excellent programming.

  • Persephone Nadal

    I don’t even want to think about not having 13 to watch every single day. I don’t ever even switch the channel. We especially love anythng Masterpiece Theater – especially Mystery – Thank, you so much for being there for us!

  • adrienne katz

    all the british shows+ upstairs downstairs +agatha christie shows love u love u thanks

  • Diane C.

    I watch PBS from time to time year round. My favorite was LennoNYC. I also enjoyed the Martin Scorcese Bob Dylan documentary. Thanks PBS.

  • eileen johnson

    Three top things

  • susan laskowski

    I miss Bill Moyers!!!!!!

  • Fotios Padazopulos

    NewsHour x 3

  • Ellen Gaynor

    Sondheim’s 80th BIrthday celebration was a show stopper. How can something that is televised be so moving.

  • Joyce A. Wright

    Thanks for all the quality presentations. I love the Masterpiece theater episodes especially the mysteries .

  • greta shefers

    Any and all Masterpiece Theatre productions. Grey Gardens, original documentary and movie. Outstanding.

  • Alice Lovely

    Thanks for it all — especially Great Performances and Frontline. Also love your nightly news. I miss Bill Moyers too.

  • HB Levitt

    Thirteen-and-Family To A BEACON of TRUTH/BEAUTY and BRILLIANCE —
    From One of YOUR/INDIVIDUAL– — –PARTNEERS (pioneering partners)


  • carmen katz

    I love PBS programming so much, it is very difficult to choose a favorite program. I have always loved Nature and since my grandkids were small I watched with them. They also love Nature even though they are now preteens. I am so happy that you have such an excellent program. My grandkids have learned so much about the world around them. I have written about Nature but the more I think about it I do not think I can choose which program is my favorite. Thank You Thirteen.