Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne Will Celebrate August Wilson in PBS Special
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Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne Will Celebrate August Wilson in PBS Special

nullPBS has revealed its full primetime schedule for the 2015 winter/spring season.

"Our diverse schedule includes everything from award-wining

documentaries to fascinating science shows to ovation-worthy arts

performances. More than ever before, I can say that this winter/spring

season, there’s something exceptional on PBS every night of the week,"

said Beth Hoppe, PBS’ Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of

General Audience Programming. "What’s more, the expansion of Sunday

night drama gives our audience more of what they are looking for –

thrilling, gorgeous, quality storytelling. PBS offers the very best

content on television and across digital platforms."

Highlights, with respect to this blog’s stated interest, include:

– This spring, PBS will premiere "First Peoples" on Wednesday, April 29, at 10pm ET, a five-part series on how early humans evolved since the beginning of time.

– Also on the schedule is INDEPENDENT LENS, offering a new season of

original documentaries from some of the best independent filmmakers

working today, like Darius Clark Monroe’s "Evolution of a Criminal," executive produced by Spike

Lee and airing January 12 at 10pm ET,. In the film, which has been covered extensively on this blog, Monroe returns to the scene of the crime to explore what led him

to rob a bank as a teenager in Texas. And in "A Path Appears," airing in 3

parts beginning January 26 at 10pm ET, Alfre Woodard, Eva

Longoria, Nicholas Kristof, Malin

Ackerman, Mia Farrow, Jennifer Garner, Ashley Judd, and Blake Lively uncover gender oppression and human rights

violations in the U.S. and around the world.

– PBS will air several programs in late April beginning Monday, April 27, related to the Vietnam War, including a look back at the many thought-provoking conversations Dick Cavett had about the war with a range of public figures, including Muhammad Ali, Billy Graham and Henry Kissinger.

– Tuesdays this winter also bring the Season Two premiere of "Genealogy Roadshow," airing January 13 at 8pm ET, with a diverse new cast of participants who take emotional journeys to explore genealogical mysteries. Participants hail from St. Louis, New Orleans and Philadelphia and their surrounding regions.

– And finally, and maybe most interesting of the lineup, PBS’s AMERICAN MASTERS series brings 4 new shows, including "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand," airing on February 20 at 9pm ET, with film and theater luminaries Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne and others sharing stories of the late African American playwright’s rich theatrical canon. And there’s also Ric Burns’ new documentary "American Ballet Theatre at 75," airing on May 22 at 9pm, which delves into the history of one of the world’s preeminent ballet companies through intimate rehearsal footage, dazzling performances and interviews with past and present stars, including Misty Copeland.

To support the variety of shows debuting in the upcoming Winter/Spring season, PBS LearningMedia will add content to their collection of more than 87,000 resources. For more information on the latest related digital resources, visit

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