While other networks are undergoing the aftereffects of consolidations and management changes, PBS remains under the steady hand of Paula Kerger, whose contract as president and CEO has been renewed for five years. Kerger kicked off the public broadcaster’s TCA summer press tour Monday in Beverly Hills by announcing her new deal, which runs through 2024.
PBS also unveiled a slate of upcoming programs, including Masterpiece’s “Sanditon,” Ken Burns’ “Country Music” and the concert special “Country Music: Live at the Ryman, A Concert Celebrating the Film by Ken Burns,” American Experience’s “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation,” the four-part music and travel series “Great Performances: Now Hear This,” a “Great Performances” production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” the American Masters-Latino Public Broadcasting collaboration “Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage,” “College Behind Bars” from longtime Ken Burns collaborator Lynn Novick, and American Experience’s “McCarthy.”
TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin was on hand for PBS’s two days of presentations and filed a full report, including premiere dates for the upcoming shows. Click here for all the details.