Amid the excesses of the network upfronts in New York this week (musical numbers! Britney Spears live! A monkey!), PBS would like you to know that they’ll have some fall programming as well.
In addition to the previously announced new Ken Burns documentary, “The Dust Bowl,” there will be a second season for “Upstairs Downstairs” on “Masterpiece Classic,” a Monday night move for “Independent Lens” (in the same slot where “POV” will also occupy), a continuation of the PBS Arts programming, and an updated election year edition of the “Frontline” series “The Choice.”
The hit British series “Call the Midwife,” pictured right, about midwifery in 1950s London will also be a featured part of the fall season, with a six week Sunday-night run outside the “Masterpiece” banner, beginning Sept. 30.
The three-part documentary “Broadway or Bust” will follow drama in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York (that’s right, actual nationals).
“American Masters” will profile Carl Sandburg and David Geffen. A two night special in October about those who combat oppression of women worldwide, “Half the Sky” will be based on the work of New Your Times columnist Nicholas Krisof.
The lineup for POV includes Jonathan Demme’s “I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful” Sept. 20.
In addition to Ken Burns’ “Dust Bowl” Nov. 18 and 19, brother filmmaker Ric Burns’ “Death and the Civil War” Sept. 18 on “American Experience,” will be presented in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Antietam.