[02/06/13 - 07:53 AM]
HBO Family Documentary Special "Bobby McFerrin: A YoungArts Masterclass Debuts Feb. 12 on HBO
In the presentation, four young singers participate in a memorable workshop and performance with a Grammy-winning vocalist.

[via press release from HBO]


Every year, the YoungArts program of the National YoungArts Foundation offers 15- to 18-year-old emerging artists from around the country the chance to be mentored by some of the world's greatest artists in an intimate environment. In this all-new YoungArts MasterClass presentation, four young singers participate in a memorable workshop and performance with a Grammy-winning vocalist when the HBO Family documentary special BOBBY MCFERRIN: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS debuts TUESDAY, FEB. 12 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: Feb. 14 (12:45 p.m.), 17 (9:15 a.m.) and 20 (9:30 a.m.), and March 2 (8:00 a.m.)

HBO Family playdates: Feb. 16 (noon, 8:30 p.m.), 22 (6:30 p.m.), 24 (10:15 p.m.), 26 (3:15 p.m.) and 28 (5:30 a.m.)

Able to range from jazz to pop to classical as easily as he can jump octaves, Grammy-winning vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin (the hit single "Don't Worry, Be Happy") has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians, from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to pianist Herbie Hancock. In BOBBY MCFERRIN: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS, he prepares four talented mentees - Aaron Casey (2011 YoungArts Winner in Voice), Christine Jones (2011 YoungArts Winner in Theater), Ryan McCartan (2011 YoungArts Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and Hannah Zazzaro (2011 YoungArts Winner in Voice) - to accompany him in a concert at Germany's Festspielhaus in Baden Baden. Selected by the National YoungArts Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that identifies and supports the next generation of artists and contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation, they receive individual instruction from McFerrin, create their own arrangements under his guidance and join him on stage to perform.

McFerrin asks his students to sing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" in their own styles, then performs his own version and challenges the students to "mess it up" a little, accompanying them with his trademark improvisation. In addition to musical training, the students spend downtime asking about his career and inspiration, and, finally, wondering if it's really possible to practice improvising. "Get a timer, sing for ten minutes without stopping - do it everyday for three weeks," replies McFerrin.

"I didn't think I was going to be this big of a part in the show," remarks Christine Jones, in disbelief at participating in the Festspielhaus concert in front of 2,500 people. Reflecting on his experience, Aaron Casey says, "To know that a master - a legend - like Bobby McFerrin believes in me, makes me want to believe in myself." McFerrin feels pride too, noting, "To me, the stage is a platform for adventure, and I think they got a taste of what that feels like."

In 2011, MASTERCLASS received an Emmy(R) nomination in the category of Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

For more on the show, visit facebook.com/HBODocs and twitter.com @HBODocs #MasterClass.

BOBBY MCFERRIN: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS is a production of Simon & Goodman Picture Company; produced and directed by Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) winners Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon.

  [february 2013]  

(series past and present)
(series in development)
(tv movies and mini-series)

[10/21/16 - 02:02 PM]
NLCS Game 5 Is Second Most-Watched Telecast in FS1 History
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Thursday, October 20.

[10/21/16 - 12:08 PM]
Freeform Brings Fan Favorite "Stitchers" and New Original Sci-Fi Series "Beyond" to Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con on October 29 and 30
"Stitchers" co-stars Ritesh Rajan, Damon Dayoub and Sarah Davenport are among those scheduled to appear.

[10/21/16 - 10:05 AM]
Freeform's Annual "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" Starts on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24
Said offerings include the premiere "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "Boxtrolls," and the network premiere of the fourth installment of the hit "Cinderella Story" franchise, "A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits."

[10/21/16 - 10:04 AM]
Freeform's Funday Programming Event Begins November 12 and Continues Through November 13
Highlights include the network premieres of "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After."

[10/21/16 - 10:03 AM]
"Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour" to Premiere on Showtime(R) on December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT
The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

[10/21/16 - 09:55 AM]
David Blaine Is Back With an Extraordinary Special, "David Blaine: Beyond Magic," Airing Tuesday, November 15, on ABC
Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash "David Blaine: Real or Magic," Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet.

[10/21/16 - 09:35 AM]
Video: Netflix's "Haters Back Off!" Star Miranda Sings Shares Some of Her Favorite Things
Based on the character created by Colleen Ballinger, "Haters Back Off!" delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings.

[10/21/16 - 09:31 AM]
Video: Netflix Unveils The Ivory Game Trailer and Poster
From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking.

[10/21/16 - 09:29 AM]
Premiere Date Change - A&E Network Will Now Air Original Docu-Series "The Killing Season" on November 12
The newcomer will now roll out with back-to-back episodes one week later than previously announced.

[10/21/16 - 09:24 AM]
No One Can Hear You Scream: Investigation Discovery's All-New Series "Dead Silent" Premieres Tuesday, October 25 at 9/8C
In the six-part series, myth, urban legend, and horror movie dread collide to showcase real-life, dark and twisted tales too frightening to be imaginary.

[10/21/16 - 09:02 AM]
Oxygen Media Strikes Again with New True Crime Series "Killision Course" Premiering Saturday, November 5th at 9PM ET/PT
The four-episode, genre breaking series, recreates true stories of murder connecting the victim, accomplice and killer, on a joy ride of suspense, betrayal and obsession.

[10/21/16 - 08:47 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Holds Off Competition with NFL
The Eye wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/20/16 - 03:55 PM]
Oxygen Media Tests the Bonds of Friendship When New Competition Series "The Battle of the Ex-Besties" Premieres Tuesday, December 6 at 11PM ET/PT
Hosted by Sibley Scoles, the series follows fourteen former BFFs who are forced to confront - and hopefully forget - past differences in order to win a life-changing $100,000 grand prize.

[10/20/16 - 01:49 PM]
Investigation Discovery Delivers Nearly One Million Viewers for World Television Premiere of "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four"
Investigation Discovery further spins the numbers for Saturday, October 15.

[10/20/16 - 01:04 PM]
Investigation Discovery Looks at When Happily Ever After Goes Horribly Wrong in All-New Series "Married with Secrets"
The new eight-part series premieres Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00/9:00c.