From Saturday, May 30, 2020 through Sunday, June 14, 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 CPTV Spirit, and check back soon as more programs are scheduled.
Connecticut Public thanks all of our members for their generous support!
Downton Abbey Marathon
Watch a Downton Abbey weekend marathon event, airing on CPTV from Saturday, June 13 at 5 a.m. until Sunday, June 14 at 8 p.m. See 26 back-to-back episodes spanning Seasons 1-4!
Arts and Culture Programs
Rick Steves‘ Fascism in Europe
Rick Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe.
Airs: Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m. on CPTV and Saturday, June 6 at 2:30 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
My Music: Classical Rewind
The greatest composers of all time and the origins of their music and compositions are explored.
Airs: Saturday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. on CPTV and Sunday, June 7 at 7 a.m. on CPTV
Linda Ronstadt: Live in Hollywood (NEW)
Celebrate the superstar in an electrifying 1980 concert filmed at the height of her career. Ronstadt held the audience spellbound with powerful renditions of her biggest hits, including “Blue Bayou,” “It’s So Easy,” and You’re No Good.”
Airs: Saturday, June 6 at 10 p.m. on CPTV
Doo Wop to Pop Rock: My Music Celebrates 20 Years
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: Sunday, June 7 at 11:30 p.m. on CPTV and Monday, June 8 at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV
Celtic Thunder Ireland
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 songs including “Danny Boy,” “She Moved Through the Fair,” “Ireland’s Call,” and more. Tune in or click here for more information about exclusive ticket opportunities to see Celtic Thunder perform live!
Airs: Tuesday, June 9 at 11:30 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 for more information about exclusive ticket opportunities to see Joe Bonamassa perform live!
Airs: Wednesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. on CPTV
Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like
Join host Michael Keaton to celebrate Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Airs: Wednesday, June 10 at 11:30 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: Thursday, June 11 at 10:30 p.m. on CPTV
Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx (NEW)
Join the legendary singer-songwriter and his six-piece band for a concert that includes Styx’s greatest hits, including “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Mr. Roboto.” Tune in or click here for more information about exclusive ticket opportunities to see Dennis DeYoung perform live!
Airs: Friday, June 12 at 11 p.m. on CPTV
Mind and Body Programs
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: Sunday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m. on CPTV
Aging Backwards 3 with Miranda Esmonde-White
Learn how to keep your mind sharp and your body active as you age using gentle daily movement.
Airs: Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 a.m. on CPTV and Sunday, June 7 at 6 a.m. on CPTV
Growing Bolder’s Launchpad to What’s Next (NEW)
This special helps viewers to imagine active, purposeful lives after retirement, offering actionable takeaways to empower healthy aging. The program is hosted by award-winning journalist Marc Middleton and features guest speakers, such as long-distance swimming icon Diana Nyad, Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, and the Byrds front man Roger McGuinn.
Airs: Saturday, June 6 at 1 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
Change Your Brain, Heal Your Mind with Daniel Amen, M.D.
Dr. Amen teaches viewers six practical steps to help them feel happier, sharper, and more in control of their own destinies. He gives viewers the most important lessons he has taught thousands of patients over the last 40 years.
Airs: Sunday, June 7 at 8:30 a.m. on CPTV
Food Fix with Mark Hyman, M.D.
The power of food to reverse chronic disease, revive economies, and reform politics is highlighted.
Airs: Sunday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m. on CPTV
3 Steps to Pain-Free Living
Eliminate the root cause of many painful conditions with an easy-to-follow plan from neuromuscular therapist, yoga instructor, and pain specialist Lee Albert, who teaches five simple exercises to correct muscle imbalance.
Airs: Tuesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. on CPTV
Suze Orman’s Ultimate Retirement Guide
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: Wednesday, June 10 at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV
The Longevity Paradox with Steven Gundry, M.D.
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: Thursday, June 11 at 9 p.m. on CPTV
Science and Nature Programs
Ken Burns: The National Parks
Explore the beauty and grandeur of our nation’s magnificent parks, from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon. Filmmakers Burns and Dayton Duncan vividly reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the documentary series The National Parks.
Airs: Saturday, June 6 at 12:30 p.m. on CPTV
Nature – Equus, Story of the Horse (2-part miniseries)
The relationship between man and his noble steed is almost as old as civilization itself. Ever since the mysterious beginning of our extraordinary partnership, horses helped shape the human world. At the speed of a horse, our ancestors conquered distances and built empires. Together, humans and horses flourished side by side. What makes us so perfect for each other?
Part 1: “Origins”
Airs: Tuesday, June 9 at 10 p.m. on CPTV and Friday, June 12 at 8 p.m. on CPTV
Part 2: “Chasing the Wind”
Airs: Friday, June 12 at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV