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What We’re Watching - Special Program Highlights

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Starting on Thanksgiving Day, there’s a great round of programming coming to a screen near you! From “Anne of Green Gables” to a extraordinary look at the rise of the Fab Four in “The Beatles - Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years,” there’s an outstanding slate of programming to look forward to, all the way through December.

“Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars”

Thursday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m.

Anne Shirley turns 13 and faces complex situations with friends, learns from inspirational adults and experiences an escalating friendship with Gilbert. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to be sensible, a journey fraught with confusion and some unfortunate — albeit amusing — mishaps.

The second installment in a new adaptation of the classic L.M. Montgomery tales written and directed by John Kent Harrison, “The Good Stars” will again star critically acclaimed actor Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert, along with returning leads Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley and Canadian treasure Sara Botsford as Marilla Cuthbert.

“Great Performances: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn”

Friday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m.

Reimagining the classic Hollywood film for the stage, “Holiday Inn” tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of Broadway – as well as his fiancée and dance partner Lila – to settle down at an old farmhouse in Connecticut.

However, Jim’s life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. His luck takes a turn for the better when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a seasonal inn with show-stopping performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. Yet, when Jim’s best friend, Ted, tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?

“The Beatles — Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years”

Saturday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m.

After a brief commercial break Feb. 9, 1964, at 8:12 p.m. EST, four young men from Liverpool stepped onto the "Ed Sullivan" stage, unaware of the extraordinary impact the moment would have on America. Seventy-three million people watched The Beatles perform that night — the largest audience to date in television history. It was an event that united a nation and signaled the birth of youth culture.

Explore the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966 in a special documentary feature. The film, directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard, reveals how the foursome united to become the global phenomenon that was "The Beatles.”

“Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution”

Thursday, Nov. 23, at noon and Saturday, Nov. 25, at 9:30 p.m.

Look back at the creation and ongoing influence of the revolutionary 1967 Beatles album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” When The Beatles stopped playing live in 1966, they suddenly had the time to pour all of their energy into writing and recording, creating an album that was a performance unto itself. Released in 1967, after what had been essentially a media blackout of what the band had been creating, the album was immediately a sensation and recognized as a new chapter, not just in rock music, but in music’s overall history.

“Alan Jackson: Precious Memories”

Alan Jackson Live at the Ryman

Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.

Recorded to honor his mother's request that he release an album of gospel classics, Alan Jackson's “Precious Memories” made its way to the top of the charts and into the hearts of fans. See the concert that followed at the historic Ryman Auditorium — known as "The Mother Church of Country Music" in Nashville, Tennessee — with signature renditions of traditional hymns and gospel favorites.

“Great Performances - The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed Live”

Monday, Nov. 27, at 8:30 p.m.

Experience the memorable 50th anniversary performance of the band's seminal album, including "Knights in White Satin," recorded live with full orchestra from Toronto's Sony Centre.

“Tommy Emmanuel: A Music Gone Public Special”

Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 10 p.m.

The world's best acoustic guitarist (according to Guitar Player magazine, Eric Clapton, Les Paul, Steve Vai, and thousands of public television fans) brings "The Best of Tommy on public television" curated from various performances around the country.

“American Masters: This Is Bob Hope”

Friday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m.

Explore the entertainer's life with unprecedented access to his personal archives including writings voiced by Billy Crystal, clips from his body of work, and interviews with Woody Allen, Margaret Cho, Conan O'Brien, Tom Selleck and Brooke Shields.

“Tommy Emmanuel Center Stage”

Saturday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 a.m.

As just mentioned above, Tommy Emmanuel is arguably the greatest living acoustic guitar player and recognized as the elite of the elite. In this special, Australia's "Entertainer of the Year" and two-time Grammy nominee, Tommy Emmanuel delivers a dazzling performance with the flair unforgettable showmanship, flawless guitar skills and voluminous repertoire that never fails to amaze and engage his legions.

“How Not to Die With Michael Greger, MD”


Saturday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m.

Dr. Michael Greger joins us live in AETN studios for the broadcast of “How Not to Die,” where Greger – an internationally recognized lecturer, physician and founder of – examines the 15 top causes of death in America, which include heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure and more. He also explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing people to live healthier lives.

“New Rules of Food With Kristin Kirkpatrick”


Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

Coming live to AETN Studios, Kristin Kirkpatrick — a licensed, registered dietitian and a nutritionist — joins us to discuss her program “The New Rules of Food.” Kirkpatrick uses the latest research and nutrition news to help viewers learn to eat with purpose and clean up their diets. She also shows how to overcome tricky packaging claims, how cutting out sugar can boost energy and how to incorporate fasting into a routine in a healthy, simple way.“The New Rules of Food” will help viewers decipher ever-changing diet fads, understand the regulations on food packaging claims and nutrition labels, and learn how to answer the surprisingly difficult question: “Is this food?”


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