March pledge period to feature 'Mister Rogers' special, new concerts, more

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"Mister Rogers: It's You I Like" premieres March 6 during March pledge

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A star-studded special celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood will headline the March pledge period on PBS.

Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like premieres at 7 p.m. March 6 and will encore at 3 p.m. March 12. It will be available for online viewing on any PBS app beginning March 7.

Cast members from the groundbreaking series share their personal perspectives and insights in this new production, which pays tribute to television’s longest-running children’s series, still broadcast on many PBS stations today. The program also features interviews with numerous celebrities who have been influenced and inspired by Fred Rogers, a modest man who always said, “I am not a teacher, I simply help children learn.”

Michael Keaton, who worked as a stagehand and made appearances on the series in the 1970s, hosts the special. Judd Apatow, Joyce DiDonato, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma and son Nicholas Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Silverman, Esperanza Spalding and Caroll Spinney reveal their favorite memories from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, while Joe Negri (“Handyman Negri”), David Newell (“Mr. McFeely”) and Joanne Rogers, Fred’s widow, share their personal stories.

Also coming to Panhandle PBS for March pledge:

  • Concert for George, a 2002 memorial concert for George Harrison, at 10:30 p.m. March 3 and 8:30 p.m. March 11;
  • Jimmy Buffett: Buried Treasure, a new special highlighting recently discovered demos Buffett recorded in 1969, at 1 a.m. March 4 and 7 p.m. March 8
  • Stories from the Vietnam War, a new special highlighting stories gathered by PBS stations with the airing of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's The Vietnam War, airing at 7 p.m. March 5
  • Bee Gees One for All Tour, a remastered film of a 1989 concert by the brothers Gibb, at 8:30 p.m. March 6 and 1:30 a.m. March 11;
  • Rick Steves’ European Easter, a holiday-themed installment of the travelogue, at 8:30 p.m. March 7 and 1:30 p.m. March 10;
  • and The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers at the Fonda Theater, a live performance of the entire iconic album, at 8 p.m. March 8 and 10 p.m. March 10.

March pledge is an opportunity for viewers to join Panhandle PBS as a member, renew their existing membership or become a sustaining member. Support from viewers like you help us provide programming and events all year.

To donate, click here.

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