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PBS Announces New American Drama Series Set in Virginia During the Civil War, The New Drama (Title TBD) Will Offer Unique Blend of Hospital Drama and Family Saga

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PBS President and CEO Paula A. Kerger announced today at the PBS portion of the Television Critic’s Association Press Tour that a new Civil War historical drama, shot in Virginia, will join the PBS Sunday night drama lineup. The first season of six episodes is slated for a winter 2016 premiere.

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PBS Announces New Programming During Winter 2015 TCA Session

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Today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS announced new programs and initiatives launching in 2015. A brief synopsis of each program is listed below, along with links to the full press releases.

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PBS KIDS and SESAME STREET to Premiere First Cookie Monster Special

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PBS KIDS and SESAME STREET will premiere an all-new one-hour special on February 16, 2015. “The Cookie Thief,” Cookie Monster’s first special, builds on SESAME STREET’s 45-year history of helping children grow smarter, stronger and kinder.

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PBS KIDS Announces New Series NATURE CAT Will Premiere in Fall 2015

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This fall, PBS KIDS will premiere NATURE CAT, a new animated series that encourages children to explore nature. Through NATURE CAT, co-creators and brothers David Rudman (SESAME STREET, The Muppets) and Adam Rudman (Tom & Jerry, SESAME STREET, CYBERCHASE) have teamed up to inspire viewers to get outdoors and develop connections with the natural world.

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PBS Remembers the Vietnam War With Week of Special Programming

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During the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in January, PBS announced a slate of primetime specials related to the Vietnam War. Airing this April, the specials offer new perspectives on the tumultuous era and the endurance of the United States military during one of the nation’s longest wars.

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Two New Documentaries Make Summer 2015 Debut – THE BOMB and URANIUM – TWISTING THE DRAGON’S TAIL

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At the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour today, PBS announced two new thought-provoking documentaries: THE BOMB, a history of nuclear weapons and how they shaped our world, and URANIUM – TWISTING THE DRAGON’S TAIL, an in-depth look at the chemical element used in nuclear weaponry, hosted by physicist and YouTube star Dr. Derek Muller.

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PBS Appoints Jonathan Barzilay as Chief Operating Officer

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Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, today announced that following a nationwide search, Jonathan Barzilay has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of PBS.

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PBS Black History Month Programming Celebrates the Richness of African-American History and Culture

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In honor of Black History Month, PBS has released its programming lineup and online content offerings that will enrich viewers’ understanding of African-American history and culture.

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PBS KIDS Releases First App From New Series ODD SQUAD

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PBS KIDS today announced Blob Chase, the first mobile app from its newest media property ODD SQUAD. Available for iPad, Android tablets and Fire tablet, ODD SQUAD Blob Chase extends the adventures and humor of the series, as kids chase and recover blobs that have escaped their containers and are on the loose in Odd Squad headquarters.

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PBS LearningMedia Now Offers 100,000 Digital Resources in its Library for Educators

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PBS LearningMedia today announced that it now offers more than 100,000 digital resources available to PreK-12 educators nationwide. Since its launch in 2011, PBS LearningMedia has continued to actively expand its offerings of education content that appeals to digital native students. Resources are available in English and Spanish, and are aligned to National and Common Core State Standards.

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Rory Kennedy’s Last Days in Vietnam Receives Academy Award® Nomination for Documentary Feature

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American Experience announced today that its production Last Days in Vietnam, directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, has been nominated for the Academy Award® for Documentary Feature. This is Ms. Kennedy’s first Academy Award® nomination, and the ninth for the series.

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“Downton Abbey” Actress Joanne Froggatt Wins First Golden Globe

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The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards were held Sunday, January 10. Actress Joanne Froggatt was honored with Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie for her portrayal of Mrs. Anna Bates on “Downton Abbey” on MASTERPIECE. This is the first Golden Globes nomination and win for Joanne Froggatt.

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PBS KIDS Debuts New App From Hit Series PEG + CAT

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Today, PBS KIDS launched The Tree Problem, a new app based on its series for preschoolers PEG + CAT, now available for iPad. PEG + CAT follows Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures, solve problems and learn foundational math concepts and skills.

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PBS KIDS Premieres Special Downton Abbey-Inspired Episode of ARTHUR

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Ever wonder what secrets and stories your family history holds? This is the question posed to everyone’s favorite aardvark and his friends in “Fountain Abbey,” an all-new, Downton Abbey-inspired episode of ARTHUR, premiering January 26 on PBS KIDS (check local listings).

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“Downton Abbey, Season 5” on MASTERPIECE Premieres to Huge Audience

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PBS and WGBH announced today that Sunday’s premiere of “Downton Abbey, Season 5” on MASTERPIECE enthralled viewers nationwide as the Crawley family returned to face the changing tides of England in 1924.

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