BIG Weekend of New Shows on WETA

FRIDAY September 7 - A Night with the Legends

Tonight beginning at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD, spend quality time with two of music’s greatest legends: Sam Cooke and Paul McCartney. Brought to you by American Masters and Great Performances, tonight’s programming will provide you with an intimate look into these lives of these master performers. Learn more about Sam Cooke’s unprecedented ability to transcend multiple music markets and Paul McCartney’s musical inspiration. Tune in tonight to learn more about these music icons!

American Masters Sam Cooke

Even though we’ve all gotten lost in the sweet sound of his classic “A Change Is Gonna Come”, how much do we really know about Sam Cooke? Tonight on American Masters Sam Cooke: Crossing Over, take a privileged glimpse into the life of this game changing artist. Beginning with his origins as a choir boy at the First Baptist Church in Chicago, and following his rise to fame in the Pop, Gospel, and R&B markets, Crossing Over not only pays tribute to Cooke’s musical talent, but also his role as an activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Narrated by Danny Glover and featuring interviews with James Brow, Muhammad Ali, and Smokey Robinson, this documentary showcases Sam Cooke’s influence on entertainment, as well as social and political life. Tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD, tonight at 9:00pm.

American Masters: Sam Cooke: Crossing Over


Great Performances: Paul McCartney: Live Kisses

While many of today’s musicians cite The Beatles as an influence, what inspired the great Sir Paul McCartney? Performing songs from his covers album titled “Kisses on the Bottom”, Great Performances: Paul McCartney: Live Kisses captures an intimate one-time performance of Sir Paul’s favorite songs. Accompanied by the renowned Diana Krall and her band, watch Paul perform classics from his album like “Home” “Always” and “Bye Bye Blackbird”. In Great Performances: Paul McCartney: Live Kisses captures a one-time performance event from the Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles. Hear Paul sing the songs that changed his life tonight at 10:00pm!

Great Performances: Paul McCartney's Live Kisses


SUNDAY September 9 - Let Me Be Your Star

Dozens of high school musical theatre students have dreams of one day breaking legs on Broadway and will do anything to make it there.  But when they participate in an intense week of “theatre boot camp” in the documentary series, Broadway or Bust, their talent and hunger for the spotlight are put to the test.  Students endure hours of auditions and rehearsals in preparation for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards where they will be expected to shine in front of a panel of prestigious theatre judges and a live audience. Will these young stars in the making rise up to the challenge? Or will the demanding rehearsal schedule get the best of them?  Students must be in step. Vocals must be flawless. Character must shine through.  This is a make it, or break it story of the road to center stage. Sunday nights starting this week September 9 at 8:00, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD for Broadway or Bust and see how a theatre sensation is created. 

Mark your calendar and catch this three part series for a front row view of the behind-the-scenes journey to stardom!

The Casting Call, September 9, 8:00pm

Boot Camp, September 16, 8:00pm

And the Winner Is…, September 23, 8:00pm

Broadway or Bust


SUNDAY September 9 - A Gentle Disposition, A Rough Job

His knack for investigating and empathy for victims has brought Wallander many triumphs and heartaches, and your loyalty to the show has brought Wallander back for a third season!

Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Kenneth Branagh is resuming his role as the lovable Swedish cop, Kurt Wallander, with the first of three new episodes beginning this Sunday September 9 at 9:00pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD. Season Two left off with Wallander finally finding some inner-peace, but when two girls are murdered in An Event in Autumn, his new start could come to a quick end. With two more gruesome investigations in The Dogs of Riga (September 16) and Before the Frost (September 23), how will our fragile Wallander maintain his momentarily stable ground? Tune in Sundays at 9:00pm on WETA to find out!

Do some investigating of your own and watch this scene from An Event in Autumn Wallander to see if you think he will be able to handle these three, tough new cases! 

Masterpiece Mystery! Wallander: An Event In Autumn