Specials & Documentaries

The MCC Theater production of School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. 2018 Craig Schwartz Photography
The WNET Group produced and aired a wide range of special series and one-off documentaries to complement its long-running national and local series.

Theater Close-Up, bringing off Broadway productions to the television forefront, offered three new productions for broadcast and streaming. School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play explored colorism and the universal similarities and glaring difference facing teenagers across the globe, while On the Exhale examined gun violence and a single mother’s journey through it. Rounding out the season was Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya with Jay O. Sanders in his 2019 Drama Desk Award-winning role. The series continues to gain momentum, as its pages have been viewed 270K+ times on thirteen.org in 2020 (to compare, PBS NewsHour had 166K+ views on thirteen.org).

What have you wanted to know about the U.S. Constitution? Judge Douglas Ginsburg, a constitutional expert, guided viewers through the document that governs those who govern us in A More or Less Perfect Union.

When it became clear the COVID-19 pandemic would deprive students of hard-earned graduation ceremonies, The WNET Group stepped in with Pomp Under the Circumstances, a virtual commencement that not only featured inspirational messages from celebrities, journalists and sports figures (like Tom Hanks and Christiane Amanpour) but also valedictorians, class presidents and other student leaders from across the country.

Nicholas Johnson, Princeton College Valedictorian, Class of 2020, gave a virtual graduation speech in Pomp Under the Circumstances. Princeton University