PBS had several announcements at its 2014 summer TV press tour, led by the return of “Call the Midwife” and the 2014 PBS Arts Fall Festival lineup and host.
– “Call the Midwife,” the popular period drama about English midwives in the 1950s, will return to PBS for its fourth season on Sunday, March 29, 2015, acting as the lead-in for new “Masterpiece” drama content that will be announced at a later date. Also a special holiday episode of the series will air Dec. 28, 2014.
– The 2014 PBS Arts Fall Festival’s season launches Friday,
Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, hosted by Broadway, TV and film star
Kristin Chenoweth. Performers include Nathan Lane, Lady Gaga, Tony
Bennett, Emma Thompson and more. Highlights include “Live from Lincoln Center’s”
40th anniversary with a performance of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber
of Fleet Street” starring Thompson; music program “Austin City
Limits”; “Porgy and Bess” live from San Francisco Opera; an encore
presentation of “Cats” on Broadway; and Chenoweth’s “Coming Home”
concert from her hometown of Broken Arrow, Okla.
– PBS and “American Experience” have announced “Walt Disney,” a four-hour, two-night film that will explore the life and legacy of the titular moviemaker, featuring rare footage from the Disney vaults, interviews with animators and artists who worked on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and segments with the “Imagineers” who helped design Disneyland. “Walt Disney” is scheduled for fall 2015.
– Ken Burns’ latest documentary, “The Roosevelts,” will be available on PBS station sites in its entirety starting the day after the broadcast debut. The series covers one of America’s most prominent political families from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. The 14-hour series premieres Sunday, Sept. 14 with the first of seven
two-hour episodes; on Monday, Sept. 15, the entire series will
be available via streaming.
– “Navy Seals: Their Untold Story” premieres on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014. This documentary will revisit the most harrowing missions of each era, from World War II to the War on Terror. It airs under PBS’ banner “Stories of Service.”
– There’s a new addition to the “Think Wednesday” lineup in the form of “The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman.” The new science program will air six one-hour episodes that explore the inner workings of the brain. It is hosted by Dr. David Eagleman, a neuroscientist and Guggenheim fellow, and will premiere in 2015.