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Some of the most famous characters of the Wild West – Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – will be featured on American Experience in one lawless night on Feb. 11.

 

Billy the Kid: American Experience will be broadcast at 8pm and Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience will air at 9pm. Join us to learn more about these larger-than-life criminals, and what they meant to the American imagination.

 

Here’s what PBS says about both shows:

 

Billy the Kid: American Experience

On April 28, 1881, 21-year-old Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, just days from being hanged for murder, outfoxed his jailors and electrified the nation with the latest in a long line of daring escapes. Just a few weeks later, the notorious young outlaw was gunned down by an ambitious sheriff.

 

The Kid was soon mythologized by a never-ending stream of dime-store romances and later, big-screen dramas. But in all the narratives, Billy the Kid’s real story has been obscured. This program deconstructs the mythology surrounding the infamous desperado.

 

 

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience

Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits — robbing banks and trains in the West and then seemingly vanishing into thin air — became national news and the basis of rumors and myth.

 

But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? How did they come together to form the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off the longest string of successful holdups in history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation’s most feared detective force? Separating fact from fiction, the latest installment of American Experience’s popular The Wild West series explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.

 

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For most of us, the decision to move out of a community or change religions doesn’t mean being totally cut off from your friends and family. But for the Amish, leaving the Amish community means being shunned by those you’ve spent your life with.

 

A new American Experience program, The Amish: Shunned, will follow seven former members of an Amish community as they reflect on their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly knit communities in the United States.

 

Estranged from family, the ex-Amish find themselves struggling to understand and make their way in modern America. Interwoven through the stories, which were filmed over 12 months, are the voices of Amish men and women who remain staunchly loyal to their traditions and faith. They explain the importance of obedience, the strong ties that bind their communities together and the pain they endure when a loved one falls away.

 

ThinkTV16 and CET will air American Experience - The Amish: Shunned at 9pm on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Here's a preview:

 

Watch the first chapter of the program below:

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Although Sherlock is back, the first episode left the one question still unanswered: How did he do it?

 

From a love affair between Sherlock and Moriarty to a full-staged suicide scene with dozens of players, the show featured a whole series of plausible – although possibly ludicrous – scenarios of how Sherlock faked his death and scared the dickens out of Mrs. Hudson upon his return.

 

Of course the fact remains that regardless of how he did it, Sherlock himself is back in action!

 

Here’s the primetime broadcast information and details for the remaining episodes:

 

Sherlock: The Sign of Three

 

Holmes faces a daunting challenge: delivering the best man’s speech on Watson’s wedding day. He also tackles another task: trying to stop a killer who may be stalking the wedding reception.

 

Sunday, Jan. 26, at 10pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 8pm on CET Arts

Friday, Jan. 31, at 9pm on ThinkTV16

 

Sherlock: His Last Vow

 

In the season three finale, a case of stolen letters leads Holmes into conflict with a master blackmailer who knows the personal weaknesses of every important person in the Western world.

 

Sunday, Feb. 2, at 10pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 8pm on CET Arts

Friday, Feb. 7, at 9pm on ThinkTV16

 

Of course you can also stream Sherlock online On Demand here once each episode has aired: http://video.thinktv.org/search/?q=sherlock+season+3.

 

The Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock website is full of cool videos, twitter event details, behind-the-scenes glimpses and more. Take a look: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/sherlock/.

 

Do you have a better idea of how Sherlock could have faked his death? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #TalkToCET or #TalkToThinkTV.

 

 

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American Masters, which launched in 1986, has a long history of profiling some of the world’s biggest names. In fact, in the 28 seasons of the show, American Masters has earned 26 Emmy Awards, 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors.

 

Now American Masters is reaching another milestone – its 200th episode! In honor of this special occasion, the producers are bringing us a special on one of America’s most elusive authors: J.D. Salinger.

 

American Masters: Salinger, a two-and-a-half hour program, will air from 9pm to 11:30pm Tuesday, Jan. 21, on CET and ThinkTV16.

 

According to a press release about this show, the PBS version of Salinger will include 15 minutes of new material not seen in theaters. Featuring many never-before-seen photographs, personal stories and moments from J.D. Salinger’s life and harrowing service in World War II, Director Shane Salerno’s documentary is an intimate portrait of the enigmatic author of Catcher in the Rye.

 

“Adding J.D. Salinger to the American Masters library as the 200th episode is a perfect reflection of the series’ mission: to illuminate the lives and creative journeys of America’s most enduring artistic and cultural giants for the public — no matter how elusive,” Stephen Segaller, vice president of programming for WNET, said in a press release. “The film is almost overpowering: highly cinematic, highly dramatic, and packed with research discoveries worthy of the best painstaking investigative journalism. We get to know Salinger, his life and his work to an unparalleled degree.”

 

Here’s a preview: 

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The third season of the hit Masterpiece Mystery! show Sherlock is almost here! The first of the three episodes – “The Empty Hearse” – will premiere at 10pm Sunday, Jan. 10, on ThinkTV16 and CET.

 

“The Empty Hearse” picks up two years after Sherlock’s supposed demise. Here’s the extended info from PBS: Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch, The Fifth EstateStar Trek: Into Darkness) is not dead: this much we know. But how did he survive his leap off the roof of St. Bart’s Hospital? There are many theories, but none of them matter to John Watson, who is less concerned with how his friend survived than with why his friend didn’t let him know he was alive.

 

Sherlock returns to London with an assignment (stop an impending terrorist attack on the city) and a plan (restore the old Sherlock-John partnership). When he finds that his brother Mycroft’s warning that John has moved on with his life is true, will Sherlock have to accept a new reality and a new partner?

 

If you haven’t watched Sherlock seasons one and two, you can catch up online On Demand now: http://video.thinktv.org/program/masterpiece/episodes/.

 

Here’s a preview of the first episode of the third season of Sherlock

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