PBS Sets Scorsese’s ‘Dylan’; Web Site To Get Downloadable ‘Nerd’

Jul 18, 2005  •  Post A Comment

“NerdTV,” broadcast television’s first fully downloadable series, will become available via the Internet Sept. 6 on PBS.org, the public broadcaster announced last week during its Television Critics Association press tour presentations. Cable networks also presented last week. CBS makes its presentations this Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by UPN on Thursday and The WB on Friday. ABC, NBC and Fox present next week.

“Nerd’s” 13 one-hour episodes feature interviews with technology industry insiders.

Among the other programming PBS unveiled during the press tour:

  • The Martin Scorsese documentary “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” for the “American Masters” series will air on PBS stations in two parts, Sept. 26-27. PBS’s decision, dictated by Mr. Dylan’s handlers, to not offer critics screener copies of “Dylan” but instead force them to watch the 31/2-hour film during one marathon theater screening irritated some TCA members.

  • Kid sleuths join the experts Sept. 5 to solve three mysteries on “History Detectives.”

  • “Rx for Survival-A Global Health Challenge” will air over three nights, Nov. 1-3.

  • “American Experience” will feature “Las Vegas” Nov. 14 and 15.

  • Rupert Everett and Helen Mirren star in “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking” on Oct. 23 on “Masterpiece Theatre.” Ms. Mirren is also slated to reprise her role as Inspector Tennison in a new edition of the “Prime Suspect” series in February 2006.

  • Also airing in February are six new Monty Python specials featuring the five surviving troupe members, each of whom will produce and write his own episode featuring old sketches mixed with new work. A sixth episode will profile the late Python Graham Chapman.