Fred Rogers help shape the childhood of generations of Americans. After his passing in 2003, PBS premiered a tribute to the man coming to DVD this fall.
Fred Rogers: America’s Favorite Neighbor is hosted by actor and former Mister Rogers stagehand, Michael Keaton. The three- hour tribute is full of treasured memories, rare vintage clips and behind-the-scenes details about the life and work of Fred Rogers. The program follows Rogers’ life from his early years in the small town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to his early days in television as a floor manager at NBC in New York, and then to the city of Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh, Rogers helped start the first community-owned television station, WQED and the Children’s Corner and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the longest running program on PBS. We also find out why he changes into his sneakers for each program, how the sincerity of his words reduced a hall full of famous actors to tears and how he turned the sharp witted Joan Rivers into a blushing host.
The special will arrive on September 28th and carry a suggested retail price of $19.95.