“MISTER ROGERS: IT’S YOU I LIKE”

March 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

PBS celebrates everyone’s favorite neighbor with an hour-long celebrity-filled special tribute to the beloved children’s television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which turns 50 this year. Ellen Doherty, executive producer of the special for The Fred Rogers Company, is here with your preview.

Aired on March 5, 2018. 

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>> I'M CONSTANTLY CONCERNED
ABOUT WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE
SEEING.
AND FOR I15 YEARS I HAVE TRIED N
THIS COUNTRY AND CANADA TO
PRESENT WHAT I FEEL IS A
MEANINGFUL EXPRESSION OF CARE.
>>DO YOU NARRATE?
>> I'M THE HOST, YES, AND I DO
ALL THE PUPPETS AND I WRITE ALL
THE MUSIC AND THE SCRIPTS.
>> I'M SUPPOSED TO BE A PRETTY
TOUGH GUY, AND THIS IS THE FIRST
TIME I'VE HAD GOOSE BUMPS FOR
THE PAST TWO DAYS.
I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL.
LOOKS LIKE YOU JUST EARNED THE
$20 MILLION.
[ APPLAUSE ]
>> A MONUMENTAL MOMENT IN PUBLIC
BROADCASTING.
THE IT'S BEEN 50 YEARS SINCE
FRED ROGERS FIRST APPEARED ON
OUR TV SCREENS AS OUR NEIGHBOR,
MR. ROGERS.
A GENTLE AND MODEST MAN WHO
WARBLED, WON'T YOU BE MY
NEIGHBOR.
HE INSPIRED KIDS AND ADULTS
ACROSS AMERICA TO BE MORE
THOUGHTFUL AND KIND IN HIS
TELEVISION SHOW, TOUCHING ON
PIVOTAL TOPICS LIKE GOING TO
SCHOOL, MAKING FRIENDS AND
DEALING WITH SIBLINGS, ALL THE
WAY TO DIFFICULT TOPICS LIKE
DIVORCE, DISABILITIES AND
BULLYING.
NOW IN A NEW SHOW, PBS WILL BE
GIVING A HEARTFELT THANK YOU AND
TRIBUTE TO THE BELOVED ICON.
THE HERE'S JUST ONE OF MANY.
>> THE FIRST THING I REMEMBER
LEARNING FROM MR. ROGERS IF I
CAN ONLY BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO TALK
ABOUT IT, THEN IT'S GOING TO BE
OKAY.
>> I'M DELIGHTED TO BE JOINED BY
THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE
SPECIAL, ELLEN DOUGHERTY.
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.
THE.
>> THANK YOU.
>> TELL ME ABOUT THIS PROGRAM.
WHAT IS IT THAT MADE MR. ROGERS
SO SPECIAL?
>> OH, GOSH.
SO MANY THINGS.
PEOPLE REALLY CONNECTED WITH MR.
ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE OF
THE GREAT CARE THAT FRED TOOK IN
MAKING THE SHOW.
EVERY DECISION WAS CAREFULLY
TAKEN AS TO HOW BEST TO DEAL
WITH CHILDREN, HOW BEST TO
REFLECT THE NEED THE AND WORRIES
AND WANTS AND NEEDS OF KIDS.
>> WHEN IT COMES TO THE SHOW
THAT SO MANY OF US REMEMBER, WE
MIGHT NOT REMEMBER IT AS BEING
REVOLUTIONARY, BUT THERE WERE
SOME THINGS THAT HAPPENED ON
"MR. ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD" THAT
WERE JUST THAT.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
FOR ONE THING, YOU HAVE TO THINK
ABOUT THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE AT THE
TIME.
IN THE '60S, THERE WASN'T
CHILDREN'S TELEVISION AS WE KNOW
IT.
IT STARTED WITH MR. ROGERS AND
THEN THE NEXT YEAR "SESAME
STREET."
JUST DOING A PROGRAM THAT WAS SO
THOUGHTFUL AND PACED IN SUCH A
WAY THAT COULD REALLY CONNECT
WITH THE HOME VIEWER.
I THINK THAT'S WHAT A LOT OF
PEOPLE REALLY RELATED TO, WAS
THAT ONE ON ONE CONNECTION WITH
FRED.
>> OF COURSE THE SPECIAL IS
GOING TO BE VERY STAR-STUDDED.
I WONDER IF YOU COULD TELL US
ABOUT SOME OF THE CELEBRITIES.
>> SOME OF THE PEOPLE YOU WILL
SEE ON IT'S YOU I LIKE WILL
INCLUDE PEOPLE ON THE SHOW, LIKE
YO YO MA.
AND THEN WE ALSO LOOKED AT
PEOPLE WHO WERE INSPIRED BY THE
SHOW, SOME WERE VIEWERS
THEMSELVES AS KIDS, LIKE SARAH
SILVERMAN, JUDD APATOW.
>> IF THERE WAS SOMETHING YOU
WANTED PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY FROM
THE DOCUMENTARY, WHAT WOULD IT
SNB.
>> HOPEFUL TLY IT WILL CONNECT
THEM WITH THEIR OWN KIDS AND
GRANDKIDS AND I GUESS THE
MESSAGE FROM "MR. ROGERS'
NEIGHBORHOOD", AND THE WAY THEY
FELT WHEN THEY WATCHED IT THE
FIRST TIME THROUGH AND MAYBE TO
CEENU
SEE NEW THINGS WITH ADULT EYES
FROM THIS LITTLE BIT OF
DISTANCE.
>> AND NOW REFLECTING, HOW THE
SHOW WAS PUT TOGETHER AND THE
THINGS FRED DID.
THE REALLY INTERESTING WAYS THAT
HE TOOK BIG IDEAS, LIKE FEELINGS
AND PUT THEM INTO REALLY
THOUGHTFUL, SIMPLE PHRASES LIKE
WHAT TO YOU DO WITH THE MAD THAT
YOU FEEL?
SO PROFOUND.
SOMETHING THAT ANY ADULT CAN
HANDLE.
AS WELL AS A 3-YEAR-OLD OR
4-YEAR-OLD.
>> OR IN A NEW YORK CITY
SHRINK'S OFFICE.
"MR. ROGERS, IT'S YOU I LIKE"
PREMIERES MARCH 6 ON PBS.
CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS FOR
ADDITIONAL AIRTIMES.