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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:


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

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Sherlock fans rejoice! The third season of the hit sleuth show is almost here! And because we know it’s horrible to have to wait until January 19th, CET and ThinkTV16 will be airing a new show that goes behind-the-scenes of SherlockUnlocking Sherlock.


Unlocking Sherlock takes viewers on a personal voyage through the versions of Holmes that have served as inspirations for the new series – the original stories, their factual origins, hundreds of film adaptations – to arrive at their thoroughly modern Sherlock. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss explain the challenges they encountered adapting the original adventures of the iconic super-sleuth. The special goes behind the scenes on the set of the hit television series, and includes interviews with actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Lara Pulver, who talk about the reinvention of their fictional characters. 


Additionally, Moffat and Gatiss describe the evolution of Dr. Watson, Inspector Lestrade, Mycroft, Jim Moriarty and Irene Adler, as well as Holmes, from Conan Doyle’s original characterizations, through numerous cinematic and televised versions to the contemporary Sherlock.


This new program will be broadcast at 10pm after Downton Abbey on Sunday, Jan. 12, on CET and ThinkTV16. 

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With the end of the year upon us – and many considering making their final 2013 donations – we thought we’d tell you a few things about CET and ThinkTV you might not have known. Enjoy!


1. CET and ThinkTV serve a regional community of more than 3 million people. In a typical year, 90 percent of these people use our programming and educational services – and that’s not including our online services such as streaming video, online classroom resources, social media pages and more.


2. As public television stations, CET and ThinkTV are the most trusted source for children’s programming by parents, the most trusted source of educational materials by teachers, and the most trusted source of public affairs programming by viewers.


3. Four out of every five children between the ages 2 and 8 watch CET & ThinkTV’s educational programming during the year. ThinkTV & CET provide more than 160 hours of children’s programming every week.


4. The resources and workshops provided by CET and ThinkTV reach more than 3,000 childcare providers each year. We’re also the #1 source of video content for preschool teachers.


5. Through special initiatives and partnerships, such as the American Graduate project and our role in Ignite Innovation, CET and ThinkTV are working to reduce high school dropout rates and support the crucial role STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education plays in our region’s future.


6. CET Arts, the first local 24-hour arts and cultural broadcast service of its kind in the country, provides viewers a front-row seat to national, regional and local performances. This year’s local programs included titles such as LumenoCity, The Cincinnati Boychoir: A Treasure of Youth and Song, Monteverdi at CCM, An Evening with Gerald Wilson, selection from the CCM Mahler Marathon and others among more than a dozen episodes of SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar.


7. For every dollar in annual federal funding, our stations raise 6 dollars. In fact, federal support for public television nationally represents only 1/100 of 1% of the federal budget. CET & ThinkTV rely on a unique public-private partnership to support our educational, cultural and public service mission.


While limited government support offers some essential “seed funding” for our stations, voluntary community support remains the single most important contributor to our organization’s mission, service, financial health and capability.


To make a gift – even something as small as $5 per month – please visit us online at, call 1-800-808-0445, or mail at CET, Attn. Member Services, 1223 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 43214. For more information about how a financial, stock or vehicle gift to CET can benefit you and our community, visit

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Kids Holiday BlogChristmas morning should be a time to spend with family – enjoying the spirit of the season, snacking on gingerbread cookies and relaxing.
If that’s what your schedule looks like this Christmas Day and you have little ones at home, CET and ThinkTV16 are excited to share a day packed with holiday-themed kids programs. You can get the full schedule of holiday programs for December online at or, but here’s the rundown for Christmas Day – starting bright and early.
Thomas & Friends: Tinsel and Trains
6am on ThinkTV14
12:30pm on CET
2pm on ThinkTV16
Super Why! The Nutcracker
6:30am on ThinkTV14
11:30am on ThinkTV16
11:30am and 2pm on CET
Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
7am on CET
9am on ThinkTV14
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
8am and 4pm on ThinkTV16 and CET
5pm on ThinkTV14
Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow
9:30am on ThinkTV16
9:30am and 2:30pm on CET
Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
10am on ThinkTV16 and CET
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Snowflake Day
11am on ThinkTV16 and CET
Sid the Science Kid: Sid’s Holiday Adventure
12pm on ThinkTV16 and CET
WordGirl: Oh, Holiday Cheese
5pm on ThinkTV16 and CET
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
6pm on ThinkTV14
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