PBS ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAMMING AT WINTER 2024 TCA PRESS TOUR

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger announced today the following new programs and initiatives during her executive session at PBS’s TCA Press Tour.

PBS PROGRAMMING

LEONARDO Da VINCI, a New Film from Ken Burns, To Air on PBS Nov. 18 and 19

LEONARDO da VINCI, a new, two-part, four-hour documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon will air Nov. 18 and 19, at 8-10 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org, and the PBS App. The film, which explores the life and work of the 15th century polymath Leonardo da Vinci, is Burns’s first non-American subject. It also marks a significant change in the team’s filmmaking style, which includes using split screens with images, video, and sound from different periods to further contextualize Leonardo’s art and scientific explorations. LEONARDO da VINCI looks at how the artist influenced and inspired future generations, and it finds — in his soaring imagination and profound intellect — the foundation for a conversation we are still having today: what is our relationship with nature and what does it mean to be human.

PBS Shines Spotlight on Vital Ocean-Focused Programming Complementing the Ongoing Environmental and Climate Programming Initiative 

In a multiyear effort to ignite hope and inspire action, PBS explores a spectrum of ocean and fresh water-related issues through a mix of new and returning series showcasing titles such as HOPE IN THE WATER, NATURE: PATRICK AND THE WHALE, DYNAMIC PLANET, INDEPENDENT LENS: ONE WITH THE WHALE, CHANGING PLANET, SEA CHANGE, and WEATHERED. In a critical year for ocean science and health, PBS is intensifying its commitment, complementing the multiyear climate initiative, and marking a crucial step towards enhancing awareness and tackling the urgent challenges our oceans face.

NOVA Announces 50th anniversary Activities, a Celebration of Half a Century of Storytelling Around Scientific Progress 

Nearly 50 years ago, the PBS series NOVA filled a gap in broadcast television — delivering entertaining and informative science stories to audiences at a time when there were very few science shows on the air. Produced by GBH and branded as “science adventures for curious grown-ups,” it debuted on March 3, 1974, setting a new standard for science documentary storytelling and becoming one of PBS’s flagship series. The series looked back on nearly half a century of groundbreaking science and human curiosity and announced a celebration featuring an awe-inspiring lineup of new specials, content, and initiatives through the end of 2024.

PBS Premieres Powerful, Revisionist History of Popular 1970s Music in DISCO: SOUNDTRACK OF A REVOLUTION, a Three-Part Docuseries in Summer 2024

PBS tackles the surprising and overlooked history of disco – the preeminent popular music of the 1970s – in a three-part series, DISCO: SOUNDTRACK OF A REVOLUTION. The docuseries captures the story of disco: its rise, its fall, and its legacy. From the basement bars of ’70s New York City to the peak of the global charts, along with iconic tracks and remarkable footage, DISCO: SOUNDTRACK OF A REVOLUTION offers a powerful, revisionist history of the disco age. Told by the original musicians, promoters, and innovators – as well as modern-day musical icons – this BBC Studios Production will premiere Tuesday, June 18 on PBS (check local listings), PBS.org, and the PBS App.

Broadway’s “Purlie Victorious” Starring Tony Winner Leslie Odom, Jr. Joins GREAT PERFORMANCES “Broadway’s Best” Lineup Premiering May 24 on PBS 

Following a successful run on Broadway, the Emmy-winning performing arts series GREAT PERFORMANCES has announced the addition of “Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch” to its Broadway’s Best lineup in May. Starring Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr., GREAT PERFORMANCES “Purlie Victorious” premieres Friday, May 24 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), on pbs.org/gperf, and the PBS App.

PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS Launches Civics Content Initiative in 2024

Beginning this year, PBS KIDS is rolling out a full slate of civics-themed content. The effort will span across a range of both new and existing series aimed at encouraging viewers to get involved in their communities and learn more about what’s happening around them. The programming, which will expand on PBS KIDS’s Social Studies learning goals, will feature a second season of hit shorts series, CITY ISLAND, and two new music video series, CITY ISLAND SINGS and TOGETHER WE CAN (w.t), created with Sesame Workshop. PBS KIDS is also in development with TIME Studios on a live-action shorts series supporting civic engagement through media literacy.

ABOUT PBS
PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 42 million adults on linear primetime television, more than 15 million users on PBS-owned streaming platforms, and 56 million people view PBS content on social media, 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’s 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 LearningMedia for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. As the number one educational media brand, PBS KIDS helps children 2-8 build critical skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality content on TV — including a PBS KIDS channel — and streaming free on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video app, games on the PBS KIDS Games app, and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at PBS.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, Facebook, Instagram, or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Communications on X (formerly Twitter).

SOURCE PBS



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