PBS Announces Fall Programming Slate

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's "Probibition" to air Oct. 2-4 at 8 p.m.

PBS has announced its fall programming slate, which includes Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Prohibition.

The network will launch its first-ever PBS Arts Fall Festival, which will include performances, artist/performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in cities and regions across the U.S. The festival will begin Friday, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m., airing Fridays through December. The lineup consists of Women Who Rock, inspired by the exhibit of the same name, Give Me the Banjo with Steve Martin and The Little Mermaid From San Francisco Ballet.

Kicking off the fall is Burns and Novick’s Prohibition, featuring music by Wynton Marsalis and a voice cast of Tom Hanks, Jeremy Irons, Paul Giamatti, Oliver Platt, John Lithgow, Samuel L. Jackson, among others. Peter Coyote narrates. Prohibition airs Oct. 2-4 at 8 p.m.

Brian Greene returns to Nova with The Fabric of the Cosmos on Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 2 at 9 p.m. and ending Nov. 23. PBS will also launch public affairs series Need to Know, which will begin Friday, Sept. 16 at 8:30 p.m.

Frontline continues, along with PBS Newshour, Charlie Rose, Independent Lens, Nightly Business Report, Tavis Smiley and Washington Week With Gwen Ifill and National Journal.

More information will be announced leading up to Television Critics Assn. press tour from July 30-31 in Los Angeles.