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Sandwiched between a foodie dream panel for American Masters featuring Jacques Pepin and Alice Waters and a Broadway-friendly panel for Falsettos on Live From Lincoln Center, things got dark on PBS' second day at the Television Critics Association press tour. Monday panels included American Experience docs on the Oklahoma City bombing and Ruby Ridge and a Nova special on the Flint water crisis, but also dark-with-uplift projects about a Holocaust escape tunnel and the 1966 University of Texas sniper shooting. Highlights include some reservations about Top Chef, Stephanie J. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Jacques Pepin and Alice Waters are not fans of cooking competition reality TV series. They did not mince words when asked about the programming trend during a TCA panel today to promote PBS’ American Masters series upcoming Chefs Flight series of four documentaries, debuting in May. "It's a disservice; it's not what cooking is about," Pepin said dismissively. "Confrontation you have there is not how you learn to cook or understand food." Scoffed Waters, "We're teaching… »
The first feature documentary about the prolific life of Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) will premiere on PBS’ American Masters series, the network announced during its Television Critics Association (TCA) winter tour segment earlier today. “Maya Angelou: And… Continue Reading → »
On the heels of “The Crown’s” win at the Golden Globes, the world’s fascination with the British royal family continues unabated. PBS enters the fray with “Victoria,” the tale of the original long-reigning queen who is the great, great grandmother of the Queen Elizabeth we know now.
Starring “Doctor Who” alum Jenna Coleman, “Victoria” traces the monarch’s time from the age of accession at 18 through her long and tumultuous reign that included her passionate marriage to Prince Albert, increased expansion of the British Empire, and becoming a national icon.
Coleman exited “Doctor Who” after two tours with the time-traveling alien. At a sit-down interview with IndieWire last summer, she admitted that going back to TV right away wasn’t her plan.
“I was quite determined to not do another TV series for a while, »
- Hanh Nguyen
García Bernal, who won a Golden Globe Award for “Mozart in the Jungle,” and “Game of Thrones” star Dinklage will be on the U.S. dramatic films jury while Wilmore is part of the U.S. documentary jury. Oswalt is on the short film jury.
The festival kicks off Jan. 19 and runs through Jan. 29 in Park City, Utah.
Producer Jody Hill, AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga, and production designer Jeannine Oppewall are also on the dramatic films jury. Wilmore will be joined on the documentary jury by French filmmaker, producer Julie Goldman, filmmaker Robert Greene, and “American Masters” series creator and executive producer Susan Lacy.
- Dave McNary
Each year, the Sundance Film Festival rolls out an enviable lineup of jury members — billed as “experts in film, art, culture and science” — to dole out awards to the feature-length works shown at the festival. In total, 28 prizes (and sometimes more!) will be announced at a ceremony on January 28 (as ever, Short Film Awards will be announced at a separate ceremony on January 24). The festival has now announced this year’s various jury members, including actors, filmmakers, producers, writers and other luminaries (and, yes, plenty of Sundance alums pop up amongst their ranks).
Additionally, the festival has also announced that actress, comedian, correspondent and podcast host Jessica Williams will host the annual awards. Jones seems poised to have a very busy Sundance indeed, as she also toplines James Strouse’s premiere “The Incredible Jessica James,” which will close out the festival the night before.
The awards, which recognize standout artistic and story elements, »
- Kate Erbland
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