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Now that the weather has warmed up after this cold winter, we’re all clamoring to get outside – and Arthur and his friends are no different! In fact, this week is Outdoor Week on Arthur.


Outdoor Week includes the premieres of two all-new Arthur episodes on CET and ThinkTV16. The first is “Speak Up Francine/Waiting for Snow,” which airs on Monday, April 21 and encores on Wednesday, April 30. The second episode is “Pets and Pests/Go Fly a Kite,” which airs on April 22 and encores multiple times in May. These episodes focus on teaching important values, such as speaking up for what you believe in, patience, sharing and teamwork.


 A new Arthur digital game, “Backyard Jungle,” will also launch this month. In “Backyard Jungle,” kids will join D.W. and Bud as they embark on an epic adventure using the power of their imaginations.


Arthur airs at the following times:

CET: 7am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday, at 7am on Saturdays and at 11am on Sundays

ThinkTV16: 7:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday

To see the airdates on ThinkTV14, visit

04/17/2014 Programs 0 Comments

The Address, a 90-minute documentary by Ken Burns, will be broadcast on ThinkTV16 and CET at 9pm Tuesday, April 15. In the film, Ken Burns tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.


Through the exploration of Greenwood, whose students (boys ages 11-17) face a range of complex learning differences, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.


CET and ThinkTV encouraged our communities to record their own Gettysburg Address videos. See the finalists on YouTube:


Ken Burns also encouraged people around the country to showcase their own versions of the speech. You can see those here:


Here's a personal favorite: 


04/10/2014 Programs 0 Comments

ThinkTV16 and CET are launching Think Wednesday – a new primetime line-up featuring television’s best nature, science and technology programming. Nature and NOVA will continue to air at 8pm and 9pm respectively and we’ll be premiering new specials at 10pm each week.


The first week Think Wednesday premieres on April 9th with Nature: My Bionic Pet, NOVA: Inside Animal Minds – Bird Genius and Your Inner Fish


8pm – Nature: My Bionic Pet

Left without fins, flippers, beaks or tails from disease, accidents or human cruelty, some animals face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to survive. Prosthetic parts made possible by the latest engineering and technology can provide what disabled animals need, and scientists are finding that innovations created in the process can benefit humans as well. 


9pm – NOVA: Inside Animal Minds – Bird Genius

When it comes to intelligence, we humans are clearly the most gifted animals around. But what make us so special? Our ability to make and use tools? To solve complex problems? Or plan for the future? Today, researchers are discovering other creatures that have mastered these skills. NOVA tests the limits of some of the planet’s brainiest birds, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.


10pm – Your Inner Fish

Our arms, legs, necks and lungs were bequeathed to us by a fish that lumbered onto land some 375 million years ago. The genetic legacy of this creature can be seen today in our own DNA, including the genes used to build the quintessentially human feature, our hands.


See the rest of the upcoming line-up for Think Wednesday here:


CET Viewers: Due to the CET Action Auction, these programs will air on CET Create on April 9. Think Wednesday will return to CET’s main channel on April 16th


Here's a preview for Think Wednesday:


04/03/2014 Programs 0 Comments

The program The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama premiered on March 25th on both CET and ThinkTV16. We aired the first two episodes, Among Believers and In the Beginning, and will follow up this week with the last three episodes in the series: A Leap of Faith, Over the Rainbow and Return.


According to the press release on the program, the five-hour series follows Schama as he travels from Russia and the Ukraine to Egypt, Israel and Spain, exploring the imprint that Jewish culture has made on the world and the drama of suffering, resilience and rebirth that has gone with it.


The series is, at the same time, a personal journey for Schama, who has been immersed in Jewish history since his postwar childhood; a meditation on its dramatic trajectory; and a macro-history of a people whose mark on the world has been out of all proportion to its modest numbers.


Here are details about the three parts still to air. You can watch the two previously broadcasted episodes online for free below or at or


Story of the Jews with Simon Schama: A Leap of Faith

Tuesday, April 1, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Simon Schama explores how the Enlightenment allowed Jews to integrate into modern European culture.


Story of the Jews with Simon Schama: Over the Rainbow

Tuesday, April 1, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

This episode chronicles how the Jewish people of Eastern Europe made their mark on the modern world.


Story of the Jews with Simon Schama: Return

Tuesday, April 1, at 10pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Examine how the Holocaust and creation of Israel changed what it means to be Jewish with Simon Schama.


Watch the first and second episodes here: 



03/28/2014 0 Comments


Sunday night dramas are back!


The third season of Call the Midwife premieres at 8pm Sunday, March 30, on CET and ThinkTV16. This program, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End. The third season takes viewers to 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own.


In the first episode of the season, the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premises, and Sister Winifred, a warm-hearted, slightly innocent young woman, arrives from the Mother House. Sister Monica Joan's increasingly eccentric behavior causes concern, yet she's the one who solves a perplexing medical mystery. New housewife and mother Chummy spearheads an Open Day at the Community Centre and, after helping to deliver a neighbor's baby, she decides she wants to return to midwifery.


Here's a quick preview: 


Mr. Selfridge, which airs at 9pm on Sundays, will premiere its second season on March 30 on ThinkTV16 and CET.  In this season, Jeremy Piven (Entourage) reprises his role as London’s retail king, Harry Gordon Selfridge, for the show that has been hailed as “addicting” by The Wall Street Journal. Created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies, Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 costars Frances O’Connor, Aisling Loftus, Amanda Abbington and Ron Cook. In the first episode of the season, Rose returns from America for the store’s fifth anniversary, Agnes returns from training in Paris and Lord Loxley returns to torture Lady Mae.


Here's an extended look at the new season: 

03/20/2014 Programs 0 Comments


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