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Downton Abbey, on of the most successful shows ever imported for American viewing on PBS has triggered a new British invasion on public television, with the arrival of two new series later this year. “Arthur & George,” starring Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), and “Home Fires” will become part of the Masterpiece series, the networks flagship station Wgbh announced. Samantha Bond from “Downton Abbey” and Francesca Annis, best known for films such as “Dune” and the television shows “Reckless,” and “Wives and Daughters,” will star in “Home Fires.” [...] »
PBS is pushing further into original scripted programming with the addition of an untitled Civil War drama from Ridley Scott, which has been ordered to series with an initial six episodes.
PBS president and CEO Paula A. Kerger made the announcement at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Monday.
“We’re looking to do drama that is a little different than what everyone else is doing,” Kerger said, “which is not just to entertain but to educate and inspire.”
At her exec session, Kerger expressed high expectations for the new series, and explained that PBS is looking to expand its slate beyond “Downton Abbey” and Ken Burns documentaries. “We feel there’s a unique role in telling a story that is based off historic fact,” she said. “Frankly, I look at ‘Downton Abbey’ in the same way — it shines a light on history.”
The historical wartime medical drama, based »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
TCA 2015: Additionally, the broadcaster has ordered two new “Masterpiece” dramas and two documentary series on nuclear weapons
PBS has inked a co-production deal with BBC and BBC Worldwide, PBS’s president and CEO Paula A. Kerger announced during Monday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
Additionally, the broadcaster has ordered a new Civil War drama series produced by Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”) and two new “Masterpiece” series. Also, PBS will produce two new documentary specials focusing on nuclear weapons.
Under the BBC pact, the companies plan to produce eight to 10 new specials to begin premiering as early as this summer. »
- Jethro Nededog
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