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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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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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