A Los Angeles TV station that became an independent after falling out with PBS said it will develop five new shows to debut next fall, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.
KCET-TV, which is now an independent public TV station, is working on the California-focused shows as part of a $50 million partnership announced with visual-effects provider Eyetronics Media & Studios, the story says.
KCET President Al Jerome said the station has had delays starting production and won’t begin until early 2012, the piece adds.
One of the shows is "Ocean Alive," which will be hosted by Jean-Michel Cousteau and will focus on Cousteau’s camp on Catalina Island. Ambitious plans for the show include extensive use of underwater photography, but due to the high cost factors involved, that aspect of the show will be phased in, the story notes.
Other programs include "Department of State," a weekly global affairs talk show, and "California Game Changers," about pioneers in technology and entertainment, the article notes.