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Twin Cities Public Television
Media Advisory

For Immediate Release
December 18th, 2013

Twin Cities Public Television’s Celebrated Minnesota Arts Series to Premiere Fifth Season

MN Original Welcomes 2014 with A New Season of the Emmy Award Winning Series

St. Paul, Minn. (Dec. 18, 2013) – This January 5 marks the premiere episode of the fifth season of tpt’s MN Original. The weekly arts and cultural series has seen numerous awards, accolades and successes since its inception in 2010, and tpt is proud to announce a new season and a new look for the storied show.


Season five will premiere a fresh new look and feel, featuring hundreds of esteemed artists including: Poet Robert Bly, musicians Nicholas David and the Okee Dokee Brothers, storyteller Kevin Kling, comedienne Mary Mack and many more.


“Season 5 is a coming of age for MN Original in a sense,” says Dianne Steinbach, Executive Producer of MN Original. “After five years of great success and support, we feel confident in our work and proud of our contribution to the Twin Cities arts community. We are thrilled to be such an integral part of telling Minnesota artist’s stories and can’t wait for years of storytelling to come.”


MN Original highlights artists and arts organizations throughout the Twin Cities metro area in a weekly 30-minute program airing on Sundays on tpt 2. Since 2010, MN Original has featured nearly 2,000 artists, nearly 200 organizations, almost 100 experts and more than 1,000 partners/collaborators. MN Original was the recipient of five regional Emmy® Awards this year including best Magazine Program and best Special Event Coverage for Rock the Garden 2012.


MN Original airs weekly on tpt 2, Sundays at 6 PM and 10 PM on tpt LIFE, Thursdays at 9:30 PM and on tpt MN, Mondays at 7 PM.




About MN Original

MN Original is tpt‘s award-winning weekly arts series celebrating Minnesota’s creative community, across all disciplines and all cultures. MN Original increases awareness of Minnesota artists, arts organizations and arts venues and cultivates new audiences for the arts by promoting a deeper understanding of the creative process, curating contemporary arts in Minnesota for generations to come.


MN Original is made possible by the State Arts and Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment and the citizens of Minnesota. Twin Cities Public Television is one of six public television stations in the Minnesota Public Television Association (MPTA) producing unique, regional series, specials and documentaries.


For more information about MN Original, visit our website at www.mnoriginal.org or join us on Facebook and Twitter.


About tpt
The mission of tpt is to “enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.”

As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, tpt uses television, interactive media, and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its 50 plus year history, tpt has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys.
Based in St. Paul, MN, tpt is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching over 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels.  The organization's particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America's aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community.

For more information about tpt, please visit our website at www.tpt.org or join us on Facebook and Twitter.

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