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.
Extraordinary peopleFaces 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.
And exceptional entertainmentLive 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.
Of hold-on-to-your-seat momentsKen 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
And deep emotional connectionsNature: 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.
Of dark secretsGreat 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.
And enlightening revelationsNeed 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.
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
, 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.
And found out what those streets meant to one manAmerican 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 www.thirteen.org/lennon
where viewers shared their memories of Lennon and his music.
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.
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.