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John McGivern, host of Wisconsin Public Television show “Around the Corner with John McGivern,” gets pointers from Jerry Betrand, Menominee, before riding the Can-An Spyder during filming of a half-hour episode that explores Marinette. The show will be broadcast next February.
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard

John McGivern, host of Wisconsin Public Television show “Around the Corner with John McGivern,” gets pointers from Jerry Betrand, Menominee, before riding the Can-An Spyder during filming of a half-hour episode that explores Marinette. The show will be broadcast next February.

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MARINETTE — Look closely this week in the City of Marinette, and you might see a film crew “around the corner” in town, hard at work on a feature television episode that will air this winter on public broadcasting. 

Destination series “Around the Corner with John McGivern” airs on Milwaukee PBS and Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) across the state. The show is hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor John McGivern, who travels all over Wisconsin to explore living, working and playing in the state’s unique communities. McGivern and crew are currently filming the show’s ninth season, and this time Marinette was on the list of chosen communities to explore. 

The show’s producer, Lois Maurer, and her team of 13 scout out potential communities to film in around two months before their filming schedule begins. The scouting team seeks out local chambers of commerce, community groups and businesses to highlight when visiting, and they try to showcase different attractions in every community they visit. 

“They bring back a list of 25, 30 (attractions) and we pick nine of those things,” said McGivern in an interview Monday. “We try to do things in communities that aren’t done, that aren’t repeated.” 

For example, McGivern and crew visited the 1393 Martini Lounge on Monday, touring the premises with owner Jean Moore. McGivern said that throughout the nine seasons they had shot, the crew had never visited a martini bar before.

The visit to the martini bar on Monday came following visits to UWGB-Marinette and the statue of Isaac Stephenson on Riverside Avenue, plus lunch at the Café Green. Tuesday brought McGivern and crew to Menekaunee Harbor for fishing, downtown to speak with Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot, to the art studio of Rusty Wolfe and Kim Brooks and finally to the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard. The crew will continue to shoot through Thursday, before moving on to the next community. 

“Our goal is that people in this community, when they watch this show next February, say, ‘I had no idea that was in our community,’” McGivern said. 

The show’s team shoots from around the end of May through October to film the next season, and the episodes air mid-winter. Following the editing process, McGivern and Maurer re-visit the communities they filmed in to put on a public preview of the city’s episode before the show airs. 

Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Jacqueline Boudreau said she was happy to welcome the show to the community, and said it was a great way to give the city more exposure. 

“It just gives us an opportunity to showcase us,” she said. “We have a lot to offer, and we’re just really glad they’re here.” 

For more information about the show, visit www.milwaukeepbs.org/local-programs/around-the-corner-with-john-mcgivern/. All episodes of the show previously aired are available on YouTube, and new episodes typically air on WPT on Thursday nights at 7 p.m.