From Saturday, February 29, 2020 through Sunday, March 15, 2020, CPTV will preempt its regularly scheduled programming to provide special programs that entertain and inform. We hope these programs will inspire our audiences to take joy in artistic expression, learn from history, and live their best lives.

See below for a list of these special programs currently scheduled to air on CPTV, and check back soon as more programs are scheduled.

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Arts and Culture Programs

Celtic Thunder Ireland (NEW) This show combines 10 years of Celtic Thunder hits and focuses on their most popular songs of the last decade: their Irish and Celtic fan favorites. Drawing from their most popular television specials, Celtic Thunder Ireland features the songs and performances that launched Celtic Thunder into the hearts of public television viewers across the U.S., with songs including “Danny Boy,” “She Moved Through the Fair,” “Ireland’s Call,” and more. – Airs Thursday, March 12 at 10 p.m. on CPTV

Best of the Joy of Painting: Special Edition  Enjoy the painting techniques of Bob Ross as he creates a beautiful “Home in the Valley” painting. – Airs Friday, March 13 at 12 a.m. on CPTV, Saturday, March 14 at 4:30 a.m. on CPTV, and Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. on CPTV

Joe Bonamassa: British Blues Explosion Live  In this special filmed in London in 2016, Joe Bonamassa pays homage to British blues-rock guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Tune in or click here to learn about exclusive ticket opportunities to see Joe Bonamassa perform live! – Airs Friday, March 13 at 1 a.m. on CPTV

Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like  Join host Michael Keaton to celebrate Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the pioneering children’s series that premiered nationally 50 years ago. Celebrities, cast members, and Joanne Rogers reveal their favorite memories from the series. – Airs Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m. on CPTV and Saturday, March 14 at 1 a.m. on CPTV

Soul Legends: My Music (NEW) Join host Pam Grier in a tribute to the greatest soul hits and performers from the 1970s and ’80s, featuring classics by the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bill Withers, the Spinners, Isaac Hayes, Minnie Riperton, and more. – Airs Friday, March 13 at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV, Saturday, March 14 at 2:30 a.m. on CPTV, and Sunday, March 15 at 12 a.m. on CPTV

Pavlo: Live in Guadalajara  Pavlo celebrates his life’s work with a 93-piece orchestra behind him. This spectacular performance took place at the legendary Degollado Opera House, a five-story historic national treasure in Guadalajara, Mexico. Tune in or click here to learn about exclusive ticket opportunities to see Pavlo perform live! – Airs Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. on CPTV and Sunday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. on CPTV

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music)  Hosted by John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful, this reunion of folk singers includes Barry McGuire, Roger McGuinn, and the Chad Mitchell Trio. – Airs Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m. on CPTV and Sunday, March 15 at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV

Doo Wop to Pop Rock: My Music Celebrates 20 Years (NEW) Celebrate 20 years of greatest hit songs from the ’50s to the ’70s featuring legendary performers the Kingston Trio, Glen Campbell, Aretha Franklin, Engelbert Humperdinck, Judy Collins, Davy Jones, Mel Carter, Patti Page, and more. – Airs Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. on CPTV and Sunday, March 15 at 8 a.m. on CPTV

Julia Child’s Best Bites (NEW) Celebrate the first lady of cooking with Martha Stewart, Jacques Pepin, Vivian Howard, Marcus Samuelsson, Jose Andres, Eric Ripert, Rick Bayless, and more. Chefs and celebrities share personal insights as they screen Julia’s most-beloved episodes. – Airs Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 p.m. on CPTV

Rick Steves’ Tasty Europe  The travel expert shows how food is a prime ingredient in what defines cultures all across Europe. – Airs Sunday, March 15 at 11:30 p.m. on CPTV

Mind and Body Programs

Suze Orman’s Ultimate Retirement Guide (NEW) Join the acclaimed personal finance expert for essential advice on planning for and thriving in retirement. With empathy, straight talk, and humor, Suze provides information about key steps for anyone trying to achieve their “ultimate retirement.” – Airs Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. on CPTV, Saturday, March 14 at 12:30 p.m. on CPTV, and Sunday, March 15 at 6 a.m., 4:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. on CPTV

Dr. Fuhrman’s Food as Medicine (NEW) Nutrition expert Joel Fuhrman discusses how to use food to help prevent disease and improve health. – Airs Friday, March 13 at 4:30 a.m. on CPTV

Food Fix with Mark Hyman, M.D. (NEW) The power of food to reverse chronic disease, revive economies, and reform politics is highlighted. – Airs Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. on CPTV

The Longevity Paradox with Steven Gundry, M.D. (NEW) Have you ever wondered why some people live such long, active lives, while so many of us struggle as we get older? Many people have this question; Dr. Steven Gundry has the shocking answer! Dr. Gundry shares informative, life-changing information and shows us a step-by-step easy approach to help us all feel better and more youthful today, no matter your age. – Airs Saturday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m. on CPTV, and Sunday, March 15 at 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on CPTV

Keto Diet with Dr. Josh Axe  Dr. Josh Axe shares cutting-edge health and nutrition advice based on his book The Keto Diet. In his familiar upbeat style, Dr. Axe puts his own fresh spin on the widely successful and well-researched keto diet. – Airs Saturday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m. on CPTV and Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. on CPTV

3 Steps to Pain-Free Living  Eliminate the root cause of many painful conditions with this easy-to-follow plan from Lee Albert. – Airs Saturday, March 14 at 4 p.m. on CPTV

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