Today at the Television Critics Association meeting, PBS announced a new slate of programs to air in the fall of 2013 and beyond.
A brief synopsis of each program is listed below, along with links to the full press releases.
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The Bletchley Circle, Season 2
The Bletchley Circle will return with four episode on Sundays in spring 2014. The series, which focused on four women who had work in intelligence for the British government during WWII, premiered in the U.S. last spring to critical acclaim.
The show will top off an evening of destination drama on Sunday nights on PBS, including season three of CALL THE MIDWIFE at 8:00 p.m. and season two of MASTERPIECE “Mr. Selfridge” at 9:00 p.m. Click for more information
How We Got to Now
HOW WE GOT TO NOW with Steven Johnson premieres in fall 2014. The six-part series is hosted by the popular American science author and media theorist. It explores the power and the legacy of great ideas.
Topics explored in the series include why and how ideas happen, and their sometimes unintended results, including how the search for clean water opened the way to invention of the iPhone, and how the nagging problem of overheating in a New York printing business led to the invention of air conditioning, which inspired mass migration and a political transformation.
Johnson explains how the answers to the questions he poses in each episode — such as “how do we make something cold?” or “how do we create light?”— have driven other discoveries through the web of ideas and innovations that made each finding possible. Click for more information
Coming Back with Wes Moore
COMING BACK WITH WES MOORE is a three-part special that personalizes the experiences of returning veterans and celebrates the lives of this group of exceptional people. Hosted by combat veteran and New York Times best-selling author Wes Moore, it is slated to premiere in May 2014 on PBS. The program tells the personal stories of returning U.S. veterans, the challenges they face readjusting to life at home and their courageous efforts to overcome obstacles in the quest to forge lives of meaningful service in their communities. The program adds touching and humanizing context to the reintegration process of our service men and women. Click for more information
Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill Named PBS NewsHour Co-Anchors/Managing Editors
Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will be co-anchors and managing editors for the PBS NEWSHOUR. Ifill and Woodruff will anchor the broadcast together Monday through Thursday each week. On Fridays, Woodruff will anchor solo as Ifill hosts WASHINGTON WEEK that evening.
This will mark the first time a network broadcast has had a female co-anchor team. It was also announced that Hari Sreenivasan will serve as Senior Correspondent for the PBS NEWSHOUR with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, reporting several times a week from WNET’s Tisch Studios in New York, along with his duties anchoring PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 7. Click for more information
PBS Pays Tribute to President John F. Kennedy with Week of Special Programming
PBS announced today the details of a series of primetime special programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death that airs November 11-13. The specials will offer new perspectives on the life and death of President John F. Kennedy, as well as provide audiences with a comprehensive examination of timely issues. Click for more information
PBS Fall Arts Festival Spotlights Broadway, Top Flight Stars
The 2013 PBS Arts Fall Festival returns Fridays in October with seven weekly programs that highlight Broadway classics, music from around the country, and legendary superstar Barbra Streisand.
Underscoring PBS’ ongoing commitment to giving audiences a front row seat and a backstage pass to the best of the arts on-air and online, the series will be hosted by award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie,” “The West Wing”) starting Friday, October 18, 2013 at 9 p.m. Click for more information