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How ‘Sesame Street’ Is Preparing for a Future Beyond Its HBO Max Deal

There are few television brands more iconic than Sesame Street.  The long-running children’s TV show, which debuted in 1969 and is produced by Sesame Workshop, will debut its 53rd season on HBO Max Nov. 3. But the season will also reflect reverberations from 2020, both in response to learning loss and issues of emotional well-being […]

MIPCOM: PBS Boards ‘Marie Antoinette’ Series From ‘The Favourite’ Writer

PBS has picked up U.S. rights to Marie Antoinette, a new historic epic from Canal+ on the life of the iconic French queen. Banijay Rights, which is handling international sales for the series, announced the deal ahead of the international TV market MIPCOM Cannes, which kicks off Monday. German actress Emilia Schüle stars as Antoinette […]

PBS to Premiere Doc Adaptation of ‘In a Different Key’ in December

PBS has slated the premiere of the documentary In a Different Key, based on the eponymous Pulitzer finalist book, for Dec. 13. The film, presented by Boston public media institution GBH, centers on co-director and journalist Caren Zucker’s search for the first-ever child diagnosed with autism, Donald Triplett. The film will trace the growing friendship […]

‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’: A Conversation With Co-Directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick On Authoritarian Parallels

When directors Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein began work on The U.S. and the Holocaust around 2015, some of the events the three-part historical documentary series would depict hadn’t even happened yet. Initially, the series was inspired by questions viewers had for filmmakers including Burns after the release of The War (2007) and […]

U.S. TV News Networks Scramble to Cover the Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, Sep. 19, is shaping up to be a global spectacle. World leaders, including President Biden, will be in attendance, and the world’s media will be there, too. The queen’s funeral will be the first time such an event has been broadcast on television. In 1952, when Queen […]

‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Review: Ken Burns’ New PBS Doc Is Devastating — and Distressingly Topical

Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein's six-hour PBS documentary explores what the United States did and could have done in response to the Nazi atrocities of the Holocaust.

David McCullough, Pulitzer-Winning Historian, Dies at 89

David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose lovingly crafted narratives on subjects ranging from the Brooklyn Bridge to Presidents John Adams and Harry Truman made him among the most popular and influential historians of his time, has died. He was 89. McCullough died Sunday in Hingham, Massachusetts, according to his publisher, Simon & Schuster. He […]

PBS NewsHour Content Creators Reveal Unionization Effort

Content creators at PBS NewsHour have revealed that they are attempting to unionize with SAG-AFTRA, which already represents the news unit’s anchors and correspondents. The workers, who are calling their group the NewsHour Union, announced their organizing attempt on Tuesday. “As the creative engine behind one of the most trusted news institutions in the country, […]

‘PBS NewsHour’ Names Laura Barron-Lopez White House Correspondent (Exclusive)

PBS’ long-running nightly newscast PBS NewsHour has found its new White House correspondent. The program, produced by WETA, announced that Laura Barrón-López will cover the Biden administration for the program beginning June 13. She was previously a White House reporter for Politico and also worked for the Washington Examiner, The Hill and HuffPost. Barrón-López has also been […]

Gregg Sulkin Boards World War II Drama ‘World on Fire’ (Exclusive)

Gregg Sulkin, star of Hulu’s Marvel series Runaways, has joined the second season of PBS and BBC’s sprawling World War II drama World on Fire. Sulkin will play David, an attractive, charming and confident fighter pilot of Jewish heritage who will eventually need to put all his survival skills to the test when he comes […]

Ken Burns on Benjamin Franklin, the State of Documentary and “Trying to Tell Really Complicated Stories About Us”

In many ways, Benjamin Franklin — an extraordinary polymath who ran his own newspaper and wrote a popular almanac, invented the lightning rod and bifocals, played a key role as a diplomat with France and signed the Declaration of Independence — was a one-of-a-kind American talent and a true product of his era. But also, […]

MIPTV: ‘Hotel Portofino’ Gets Season 2 Order, ‘Professor T’ Sells Wide

Hotel Portofino, a lush period drama set in 1920 Italy, has received a second-season order ahead of its US. debut on PBS later this year. The series, starring Natascha McElhone, Mark Umbers and Lily Fraser, premiered on streamer Britbox UK earlier this year, where it was one of the platform’s most successful originals ever. The […]