This week begins the full dive into the new Fall TV season and our DVRs will be getting quite the workout once again. Last week saw the premieres of “Blindspot” (10 p.m., NBC) “American Horror Story” (10 p.m., FX), “Dancing With the Stars” (8 p.m., ABC), and “Z Nation” (8 p.m., Syfy). But this week we get really serious with no less than a total of 43 shows returning just this week alone through Sunday. So take a deep breath, get those snacks ready, and enjoy the ride!
2016’s PBS Arts Fall Festival gets underway with the premiere of Hamilton’s America – a look at the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture phenomenon, Hamilton – on Friday October 21st.
Featured programming includes: Bill Murray: The Mark Twain Prize; Alvin Ainley American Dance Theater; Gypsy (starring Imelda Staunton as Mama Rose); Alan Cummings Sings Sappy Songs; Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody; Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba, and Shakespeare Live! From the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Premiere dates and programming descriptions follow the jump.
The press release for POV’s The Birth of Saké begins, ‘There’s a lot more to saké—the legendary Japanese rice wine—than most drinkers realize. The best bottles embody a 2,000-year tradition that is painstaking, precise, incredibly labor-intensive and increasingly rare. Its creation is a cross between producing great art and raising “an unruly child.”’
That statement may actually be underselling the process. See why I say that by checking out The Birth of Saké when it premieres on PBS on Manday, September 5th. For more, follow the jump.
Charlie Rose will interview presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for broadcast on Monday, July 18th.
The interview will be broadcast during CBS News’ primetime coverage of the Republican National convention, followed by the full interview airing on Charlie Rose on PBS. More will follow on Tuesday, July 19th on CBS This Morning.
Genius By Hawking – a six-part series from PBS and National Geographic Channels International – asks ordinary people to contemplate six mysteries of the universe: where are we, what are we, are we alone, why are we here, where did the universe come from and can I travel in time?
The series will be presented and narrated by renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.
“Do you need to be a genius to answer the big questions?” said Prof. Stephen Hawking. “I’m very pleased to be back on the air for PBS and National Geographic International with GENIUS – a project that furthers my lifelong aim to bring science to the public. It’s a fun show that tries to find out if ordinary people are smart enough to think like the greatest minds who ever lived. Being an optimist, I think they will.”
PBS and Time, Inc. have partnered on a unique documentary, A Year in Space, chronicling astronaut Scott Kelly’s one-year mission on the International Space Station (ISS) that is testing human limits for space travel – and laying the groundwork for a mission to Mars.
Part one of the two-part special, adapted from TIME’s original digital video series about Kelly, will premiere on March 2nd (8/7C – check local listings) – within a day of Kelly’s planned return to Earth.
Hamilton is one of the biggest hits of the year on Broadway – a musical based on the life of United States Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The show thatis redefining how audiences learn about history–a history rife with issues as relevant today as they were during Hamilton’s era.
In Fall 2016, PBS’ Great Performances will air Hamilton’s America – a behind-the-scenes look at this unique play as part of PBS Arts. It will contain interviews with experts, new footage of the NYC production and expeditions to DC, Philadelphia and New York – led by the cast. For further details, follow the jump.
PBS’ 16 For 16 (working title) is a series of sixteen half-hour episodes examining compelling past campaigns to learn what what went right, what went wrong, and how what we can learn from them might influence campaigns in this election year.
The series will examine the campaigns of Sarah Palin, Gary Hart, Michael Dukakis, Geraldine Ferraro, Howard Dean and others over the sixteen weeks prior to the election. For more, follow the jump.
PBS Election 2016 is ‘a comprehensive schedule of news, public affairs, documentary and corresponding digital programming’ that will be broadcast by PBS in conjunction with NPR to provide the best possible coverage of this year’s election.
“In this election year, PBS promises viewers extensive, in-depth and thoughtful coverage across all platforms,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming for PBS. “Our roster of signature programs, specials and online offerings will deliver fully integrated news and analysis from multiple perspectives.”
For full details on how PBS Election 2016 will cover the candidates, issues and election, follow the jump.