PBS Looks at Walt Disney and The Brain for Fall 2014-15!

The Brain

Beginning this fall, PBS will be unveiling a host of new programs including the four-hour/two-night Walt Disney; Ken Burns’ 14-hour exploration of an American political dynasty, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (September 14th); an tour of our individual inner cosmos, The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman – as well as Navy Seals: The Untold Story (November 11th), and season four of Call the Midwife (March 29, 2015).

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA; JULY 22, 2014 – Today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS announced updates to its fall schedule and new programs for 2015.  A brief synopsis of each program is listed below, along with links to the full press releases. 

Ken Burns’s THE ROOSEVELTS Premieres Sunday, September 14th and Will Stream in its Entirety on PBS Station Sites Beginning the Day after Broadcast Premiere

Ken Burns’s 14-hour epic of an American political dynasty, THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, will premiere Sunday, September 14th from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. (ET) and run for seven consecutive nights at the same time. In addition, it will be repeated from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. (ET) each night and will have a weekend, daytime marathon September 20th and 21st. Beginning on Monday, September 15th, the entire 14 hours will be available online to stream through PBS stations’ video sites, pbs.org/theroosevelts, and PBS station branded digital platforms, including ROKU, Apple TV and Xbox, and will be available for two weeks, through September 29th

PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Announce “Walt Disney” to Premiere Fall 2015

At the semi-annual Television Critics Association conference today, PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE announced that “Walt Disney,” a new four-hour, two-night film that explores the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers, will premiere in fall 2015. Directed and produced by Sarah Colt (“Henry Ford,” “RFK”) and written by Mark Zwonitzer (“JFK,” “Triangle Fire”), the film features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and includes interviews with animators and artists who worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Imagineers who helped design Disneyland.

New PBS Documentary Reveals the Untold Story of the U.S. Navy SEALs

PBS announced a new documentary about the transformation of U.S. Navy frogmen into the warrior elite Navy SEALs. NAVY SEALS – THEIR UNTOLD STORY premieres on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. Despite the widespread attention paid to the SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) since they eliminated Osama bin Laden, the story of how these clandestine commandoes evolved in response to changing threats — from WWII to the War on Terror — and how their extraordinary abilities shaped U.S. and world history, has remained untold. Few people know the unheralded tales of the first frogmen who dared to face almost certain death with little training, scant equipment and untested tactics. 

PBS Announces New Series: THE BRAIN WITH DR. DAVID EAGLEMAN

THE BRAIN WITH DR. DAVID EAGLEMAN (w.t.), six one-hour episodes, tells the story of the inner workings of the brain and takes viewers on a visually spectacular journey into why they feel and think the things they do. The show will premiere in 2015 as part of the PBS “Think Wednesday” lineup of science and nature programming. The series, hosted by Dr. David Eagleman, neuroscientist, New York Times best-selling author and a Guggenheim Fellow, will reveal the human story by blending scientific truth with innovative visual effects and compelling personal stories. 

PBS and BBC Worldwide North America Sign Deal to Bring Fourth Season of CALL THE MIDWIFE to U.S.

BBC Worldwide North America Sales & Co-productions, PBS and Neal Street Productions announced today that the hit British drama CALL THE MIDWIFE will return to PBS for a fourth season. Premiering on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET, CALL THE MIDWIFE (Season 4) will lead into new MASTERPIECE drama content (to be announced), reinforcing Sunday nights on PBS as a top destination for quality drama. 

Additional information was also shared today about the previously announced PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL.

PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL 2014 Kicks Off September 26; Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and accomplished singer Kristin Chenoweth Debuts as Host

The 2014 PBS Arts Fall Festival returns in September with 11 weekly programs featuring classic Broadway hits, music from around the country and a theater performance by award-winning actor Nathan Lane. Entering its fourth season, the Festival has become a Friday night fall tradition, reaching more than 33 million viewers since its conception in 2011, and 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 Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and accomplished singer Kristin Chenoweth beginning Friday, September 26, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). 

About PBS
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

PBS Announces New Series:

THE BRAIN WITH DR. DAVID EAGLEMAN

— Exploration Into the Inner Cosmos Will Premiere in 2015 as Part of PBS “Think Wednesday” Lineup —

BEVERLY HILLS, CA; July 22, 2014 — Today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS announced the production of its newest science series, THE BRAIN WITH DR. DAVID EAGLEMAN (w.t.), six one-hour episodes that tell the story of the inner workings of the brain and take viewers on a visually spectacular journey into why they feel and think the things they do. The show will premiere in 2015 as part of the PBS “Think Wednesday” lineup of science and nature programming.

The series, hosted by Dr. David Eagleman, neuroscientist, New York Times best-selling author and a Guggenheim Fellow, will reveal the human story by blending scientific truth with innovative visual effects and compelling personal stories. With barely a brain scanner or a white coat in sight, THE BRAIN focuses on understanding the fundamental truths of what it means to be human now and in the coming centuries, while communicating these elegant and simple ideas as they apply to us and our experiences.

Dr. Eagleman’s exciting multi-disciplinary approach has earned him respect — and fans — across the globe. He will take viewers on a fascinating journey through our inner cosmos, exploring the brain’s neural landscape while asking profound questions like “What is reality?” and “Who is in control?” He will also look at the darker side of humanity in order to understand why the brain drives us towards certain actions and behaviors.

“The brain is a very interesting and complicated part of the human anatomy, and this series will boldly venture to this inner cosmos in a way not seen on television before,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming for PBS. “We are pleased to have such an accessible and renowned scientist as David present this groundbreaking series as part of our Wednesday lineup — what we think of as the smartest night on television.”

“In a cubic centimeter of brain tissue there are as many connections as stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Somehow our thoughts, our hopes, and our dreams are contained in these three pounds of wet biological material,” said Dr. Eagleman. “I hope that when viewers watch THE BRAIN, they will take away the love of science and wonder that make us all unique. I’m honored to present this program on PBS.” 

THE BRAIN WITH DR. DAVID EAGLEMAN is part of PBS’ new “Think Wednesday” programming lineup of television’s best science, nature and technology programming that includes the acclaimed series NATURE and NOVA, the highest-rated nature and science series on television, coupled with new special programming at 10 p.m. Wednesday nights on PBS offer new perspectives on life in the universe and keep viewers both curious and wanting more.

THE BRAIN WITH DR. DAVID EAGLEMAN is produced by Blink Films. The series is executive produced by Justine Kershaw and Dr. David Eagleman.

Major funding for THE BRAIN WITH DR. DAVID EAGLEMAN is provided by the CPB/PBS Program Challenge Fund, which supports high-impact content that engages viewers and new audiences of all demographics.

About Dr. David Eagleman

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times best-selling author. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He is best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia and neurolaw. At night he writes. His work of fiction, SUM, is an international best-seller published in 27 languages; Why the Net Matters examines what the advent of the internet means on the timescale of civilizations; Wednesday Is Indigo Blue explores the neurological condition of synesthesia, in which the senses are blended. His most recent book, the New York Times best-seller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the neuroscience “under the hood” of the conscious mind — in other words, all the aspects of neural function to which we have no awareness or access.

About Blink Films

Blink Films is a BAFTA award winning production company set up by Dan Chambers and Justine Kershaw. Since 2007 Blink has made over 200 hours of television – from factual to formats, documentaries, entertainment, drama-doc and comedy – all noted for their intelligence, warmth and creativity. Blink relishes the creative challenge of telling the ‘untellable’ whether it’s visualizing the extraordinary story of reproduction by scaling sperm up to human size or exploring the sensitive subject of death through a ground-breaking science experiment. Blink exudes a passion for making stand-out television, from one-off feature length documentaries to each individual episode of a ten-part series, and the programs rely on strong relationships with all contributors. Blink has coproduction deals with broadcasters in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and France with programs that have sold to over 50 countries around the world.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

About PBS
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS PressRoom on Twitter.