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Save the date! The “Around the Corner with John McGivern” Viroqua episode launch party will be held at the Historic Temple Theatre Jan.

Produced by Milwaukee Public Television, the series “Around the Corner with John McGivern” features Emmy Award winning actor John McGivern as he visits various communities throughout Wisconsin, and profiles the unique people who live and work there. And, they are on their way to Viroqua again to celebrate the Viroqua episode.

McGivern stated that the Viroqua episode was one of his most fun and interesting to produce. The Viroqua episode features Sleepy Hollow Auto, Driftless Caf, Jaali’s Dollies, Kickapoo Valley Ranch and Guest Cabins, Ewetopia, Driftless Caf, B E’s Trees, Mayor Fanta, Second Cloud on the Left Farm, Bon Ton, and a few other Viroqua stand up interviews. Guests will get to preview the episode, purchase advanced copies of the episode, and meet McGivern, Lois Mauer and his crew. There is no fee for entry.

“‘Around the Corner with John McGivern’ is Milwaukee Public Television’s most successful series ever,” said Maurer, series producer and director for MPTV. “On Thursday nights our ratings rival that of commercial stations, and it does so consistently throughout the country. Thursday night is local programming on PBS, and our show gets the highest national ratings nearly every week.”

Beginning its seventh season, McGivern and Maurer are already planning for next year. Their dream was to do the show for 10 years. Thanks to its popularity and interest in Wisconsin, they are now aiming to keep it going for 20.

“When we started ‘Around the Corner,’ we had a whole different idea as to what this was going to be,” McGivern explained. “We thought we would inspire everybody with a sense of community. We soon learned that we were idiots to think this. We did not inspire anyone, because they already love and are passionate about their community. All we had to do was just show people and celebrate their commitment.”

McGivern and Maurer began working together about eight years ago, on small projects like the Circus Parade. Because they had so much fun together, Maurer decided to find a way they could do so every day.

“We came up with this show so that we could work together more,” Maurer said. “And our continued success is due to John and the concept, which is community. Who doesn’t love their community? There is such amazing community pride in Wisconsin. So, we combined those two things and it’s a winning formula.”

Unlike “Discover Wisconsin,” which uses a pay to play model, those featured on “Around the Corner” cannot buy their way onto the show. As public television, the program’s production staff of twelve can pick where they want to go and who they want to talk to because it is of interest to them. The process is not scientific, but remains a hit with the audience who crave having their community featured in a future episode.

“I am proud that our program showcases Wisconsin. All positive, all the time,” Maurer said. “Some of the episodes that end up being the most exciting and successful for me are the places I never heard of before.”

McGivern said he is not worried about running out of places to cover.”As long as people live on a corner, we’re going to be there.” The Viroqua episode airs Feb. 8.

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