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PBS Announces New Programming Iniatives

Included is the Return of the PBS Arts Festival and Six-Hour Documentary "The Great War"

PBS has unveiled its new programs and initiatives at the Summer Press Tour, which includes the return of the PBS Arts festival; the debut of “Divided States of America,” a four-hour, two-night documentary miniseries on “Frontline;” six hour “American Experience” documentary “The Great War,” and a special week of programming featuring reports about America’s students and new models of learning.

Here are the specifics:

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Tony and Grammy Award-Winning Creator of Broadway Smash Hit Hamilton – Hosts Sixth Annual PBS Arts Fall Festival
The PBS Arts Fall Festival returns Friday nights, beginning October 21, 2016, with all new programs, including the highly anticipated look into the making of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, a contemporary take on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Visionary Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s Tony and Grammy Award-winning creator and star, will host this year’s festival. For more information, click here

Frontline on PBS Presents “Divided States of America,” A Look at the Polarized Nation the Next President Will Inherit
Days before the inauguration of the 45th American president in January 2017, FRONTLINE will premiere DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA, a four-hour, two-night documentary miniseries that looks back at events during the Obama presidency that have led to deep divisions in our country, and examines the America the next president will inherit. for more information, click here

PBS and American Experience Announce “The Great War” To Premiere April 2017
Six-Hour Documentary Explores How World War I Forever Changed America and the World
“The Great War,” a six-hour, three-night event, will premiere in April 2017 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on April 6, 1917. “The Great War”is executive produced by Mark Samels and directed by award-winning filmmakers Stephen Ives, Amanda Pollak and Rob Rapley. For more information, click here

PBS To Present “Spotlight Education,” A Special Week of Programming Featuring Reports About America’s Students and New Models of Learning, September 12-17
As a leader in educational media for children and students and a key partner with parents and educators across America, PBS today announced SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION, a special week of primetime programming examining the challenges facing today’s students and America’s education system. For more information, click here

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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