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American Masters

An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars.

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Sun., May 8, 2016
1:00 am
(120 minutes)

American Masters  

A profile of Janis Joplin (1943-70), featuring letters she wrote her parents; archival footage; and insights from her siblings Laura and Michael; Big Brother and the Holding Company's Peter Albin, Sam Andrew and Dave Getz; and Country Joe McDonald, among others. Joplin's influence on musicians who followed in her wake is discussed by Melissa Etheridge, Juliette Lewis, Alecia Moore (aka Pink) and narrator Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power), who also performs Joplin's "A Woman Left Lonely."

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Sun., May 8, 2016
1:00 am
(120 minutes)

American Masters  

A profile of Janis Joplin (1943-70), featuring letters she wrote her parents; archival footage; and insights from her siblings Laura and Michael; Big Brother and the Holding Company's Peter Albin, Sam Andrew and Dave Getz; and Country Joe McDonald, among others. Joplin's influence on musicians who followed in her wake is discussed by Melissa Etheridge, Juliette Lewis, Alecia Moore (aka Pink) and narrator Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power), who also performs Joplin's "A Woman Left Lonely."

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Thu., May 12, 2016
1:00 pm
(120 minutes)

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night  

Kevin Spacey narrates this insightful profile of Johnny Carson (1925-2005), whose cool charm, quick wit and masterful timing made him the king of late-night TV during his 30-year "Tonight Show" run. The biography features a wealth of "Tonight Show" clips. Also: remarks by family, friends and colleagues, including second wife Joanne; Ed McMahon; Doc Severinsen; Mel Brooks; Ellen DeGeneres; Angie Dickinson; Jay Leno; David Letterman; Bob Newhart; Don Rickles; Joan Rivers; and Garry Shandling.

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Thu., May 12, 2016
1:00 pm
(120 minutes)

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night  

Kevin Spacey narrates this insightful profile of Johnny Carson (1925-2005), whose cool charm, quick wit and masterful timing made him the king of late-night TV during his 30-year "Tonight Show" run. The biography features a wealth of "Tonight Show" clips. Also: remarks by family, friends and colleagues, including second wife Joanne; Ed McMahon; Doc Severinsen; Mel Brooks; Ellen DeGeneres; Angie Dickinson; Jay Leno; David Letterman; Bob Newhart; Don Rickles; Joan Rivers; and Garry Shandling.