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Director Lynn Novick (‘The Vietnam War’) on how the controversial conflict led to the ‘frightening times’ we’re living through now [Exclusive Video Interview]

Director Lynn Novick (‘The Vietnam War’) on how the controversial conflict led to the ‘frightening times’ we’re living through now [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I’ve really been obsessed with the Vietnam War my entire life,” reveals director Lynn Novick when asked about what drew her to making PBS‘s epic, 18-hour documentary “The Vietnam War.” For Novick, the divisive international conflict was “the major story of my life.” She grew up watching “reactions to it, the protests against it, and the crisis our country went through.” So it was almost inevitable that she and frequent collaborator Ken Burns would one day tackle the massive subject for television, examining the war from the perspectives of over 80 eyewitnesses who were affected by the conflict in both America and Vietnam. Watch our exclusive video interview with Novick above.

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The directing and producing duo began work on the immense undertaking in 2007, knowing it would come out nearly a decade later. “We couldn’t have imagined what our world would look like,
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MLB Network talkin' Ken Burns 'Baseball'

MLB Network talkin' Ken Burns 'Baseball'
New York -- MLB Network is going all out in its first month of operation, saying Tuesday that it will air the Ken Burns documentary "Baseball."

The Emmy-winning nine-part series on the history of baseball from the 1800s to the early 1990s first aired on PBS in 1994 to high ratings. It has aired occasionally on PBS since. MLB Network, which goes live New Year's Day in 50 million households, will air one part at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through January and February. It begins Jan. 6, following the nightly hourlong "Hot Stove Report" of baseball news.

The documentary will include special commentary recorded by Burns, MLB Network said.

The "Baseball" announcement is another of a series of programming acquisitions by the network. On its first night, the channel will introduce itself with an hourlong "Hot Stove Report" and then televise the 1956 World Series perfect game by Don Larsen of the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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PBS' 'War' captures 7.3 mil viewers

NEW YORK -- The premiere of Ken Burns' new documentary series The War brought in 7.3 million viewers Sunday night, PBS said Monday.

The first episode of the multipart documentary averaged a 5.0 household rating/7 share in the 56 metered markets, according to preliminary estimates released by Nielsen Media Research.

That is on par with the opener of Burns' 1994 highly rated documentary series for PBS' Baseball, which had a 5.1 household rating. (The premiere of Burns' The Civil War in 1990 brought in a 9.0 rating.)

The War ran between 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. against season premieres on CBS and Fox plus a heavily watched Sunday Night Football matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears. At least 15.5 million people tuned in for at least part of the telecast, the network said.

With the addition of a second airing nationwide, the first episode averaged 18.7 million viewers total, PBS said. The first episode received strong ratings in several markets including Minneapolis-St.

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