Countdown to Fall

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Help Us To Reach Our Goal!

WQLN TV’s Countdown to Fall, September 5-14, shares sneak-previews of the new science, drama, arts, and history programs scheduled to premiere this fall on WQLN TV. The Countdown ends with Ken Burns’s epic documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, telling the stories of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt like never before. Other fall premieres include the new PBS Arts Fall Festival; Finding Your Roots; a new season of Makers, featuring women who built America; How We Got to Now, investigating the origins of the stuff that populates our lives; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, new to Saturday nights; and Penn Station, bringing you programs by Pennsylvanians, for Pennsylvanians, featuring all things PA!

But the Countdown isn’t just a pre-party for the new season. It’s the first step in our plan to reduce our membership fundraising days from 84 days each year to only 54 days, freeing up more time for the signature programs that you love. We’ll air all of PBS’s fall premieres as scheduled, and in January all episodes of Downton Abbey, American Masters, and Live from Lincoln Center will air uninterrupted. It’s a bold move that will make us a better public TV station, and to make it work, we need your help!

WQLN relies on the support of donors to bring you exceptional quality programming every day of the year. Tune in to WQLN TV’s Countdown to Fall, see what’s in store, and support the programs you rely on by becoming a member, renewing your membership, or making an additional gift to WQLN today. And together, we’ll shine!

WQLN-TV 54.1 Fall Programming Previews

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

September 14-20 at 8pm on WQLN-TV 54.1
Ken Burns’s seven-part documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The 14-hour series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative.

PBS Arts Fall Festival

Fridays at 9pm, beginning September 26 on WQLN-TV 54.1
The PBS Arts Fall Festival returns in September with 11 weekly programs featuring classic Broadway hits, music from around the country, and theatrical performance. Hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and accomplished singer Kristin Chenoweth, the festival highlights PBS’s ongoing commitment to giving audiences a front row seat and a backstage pass to the best of the arts on-air and online.

Finding Your Roots

Premieres September 23 at 8pm on WQLN-TV 54.1
From AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES (2006) through the first season of FINDING YOUR ROOTS (2012), Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been helping people identify relatives hidden for generations. Professor Gates employs a team of genealogists and the world’s leading geneticists to uncover the origins of a diverse group of 30 guests. Each of the 10 episodes will feature three guests bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden, link, as Gates treks through layers of ancestral history, uncovers secrets and surprises, and shares life-altering discoveries.

Makers: Women Who Make America

Premieres September 30 at 9pm on WQLN-TV 54.1
Six new documentaries in the MAKERS project feature groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Each program will profile prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations.

How We Got to Now

Premieres October 15 at 9pm on WQLN-TV 54.1
Join best-selling author Steven Johnson to hear extraordinary stories behind remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Saturdays at 10pm on WQLN-TV 54.1
Follow the Honorable Phryne Fisher through the back alleys, shady markets, and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne. A glamorous lady detective in a mostly male world, she goes about her work with a pearl-handled pistol and dagger-sharp wit, leaving a trail of male admirers in her wake. Essie Davis stars in the stylish series based on the best-selling novels by Australian writer Kerry Greenwood.

Penn Station

Thursday nights at 8pm on WQLN-TV 54.1
“All-Pennsylvania” program series.