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'Downton Abbey' bans historically inaccurate touching

Like the Bluth family on Arrested Development, the characters of Downton Abbey must refrain from touching one another as much as possible—and not because of any upper-crust stereotypes.


PBS leads the pack at News and Documentary Emmys


PBS won 11 awards at the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards followed close behind by CBS with 10. Four of PBS’s prizes came from Frontline programs, and two from Independent Lens, including the Oscar-nominated The Invisible War, about sexual assault in the military. The Invisible War won both the Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form and Best Documentary Emmys.  READ FULL STORY

'MAKERS: Women in Comedy' director recalls interviewing Joan Rivers


The decision to open MAKERS: Women in Comedy with the words of Joan Rivers was made before the comedian died earlier this month, but when it airs Tuesday, the documentary will act as a sort of tribute to her pioneering status.

“She set up the film perfectly,” co-director Heidi Ewing told EW. “She’s a lion tamer. It’s all about being in charge and she just delivered. It’s also just a nod to the great Joan Rivers, setting it up as her being the matriarch.” READ FULL STORY

Ken Burns' weeklong docuseries 'The Roosevelts' premieres on PBS

“It’s Shakespeare,” historian George Will says in the opening minutes of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, “to have a single family in which human flaws and virtues are on such vivid display—and the constant struggle between those vices and those virtues to try to do good and fulfill one’s duty.”

In his new PBS series, Ken Burns doesn’t need to embellish history to evoke Shakespeare—only poetically document it. The Roosevelts, then, is not just a fascinating account of one of the most sociopolitically influential families in U.S. history—but a testament to the truth of how pain and hardship can shape a person into an American hero. “All the Roosevelts were wounded people with something to overcome,” explains historian Geoffrey C. Ward.

Tonight’s episode, “Get Action,” which kicks off the weeklong event, stars mostly Theodore, telling the improbable story of how a sick and fearful little boy overcame his weaknesses and grew into the robust, fearless man who would become the youngest president in American history. READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' reveals first look at well-dressed toddlers

Downton Abbey has never shied away from the occasional time jump, but when the Masterpiece series returns for a fifth season in 2015, viewers will definitely notice the effect of time on at least two members of the Crawley family.

The PBS drama’s official Instagram unveiled the first look at two toddler actors who will play the mildly grown-up versions of Sybbie and George, last season’s VIBs (very important babies). The kids in question are, of course, the daughter of Tom Branson and his late wife Sybil and the son of Lady Mary and her late husband Matthew. READ FULL STORY

Kim Cattrall, Billy Joel talk about their generation in 'The Boomer List'

This fall, PBS is planning to release a new documentary that specifically chronicles the history of those born between 1946 and 1964. Titled American Masters: The Boomer List and created by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the documentary follows the tumultuous history of the post-World War II generation through first-hand accounts and interviews.


Matthew Rhys talks taking on Darcy, fearing 'White Shirt Syndrome' in 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

Brace yourselves, Austenites: PBS’s Pride & Prejudice-inspired miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley will not feature any soaked shirts. But it will showcase The Americans‘ always swoonworthy Matthew Rhys, second from left, as the esteemed Fitzwilliam Darcy.

The action in Pemberley—adapted from British author P.D. James’ best-seller—picks up six years after the events of Jane Austen’s classic novel 
and finds Lizzy Bennet’s better half reluctantly helping defend his troublemaking in-law George Wickham (Matthew Goode, restrained at right) after Wickham crashes an important event and confesses to committing the ultimate party foul: murder. Talking to EW, Rhys insists Pemberley (airing Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 on 
Masterpiece) will show unexpected facets of the iconic character.

Below, view an exclusive First Look at the miniseries, then learn more about Rhys’s take on Darcy and the Colin Firth-specific affliction Rhys calls “White Shirt Syndrome.” READ FULL STORY

Ian McKellen teases his 'Vicious' chemistry with costar Derek Jacobi, a 'Downton Abbey' audition

Ian McKellen has generally played it serious in the X-Men and Lord of the Rings franchises, but now the five-time Emmy nominee is laughing it upon the small-screen in Gary Janetti’s bitingly funny British import, Vicious (debuting June 29 on PBS) about septuagenarian gay partners Freddie (McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi). The 75-year-old actor spoke to EW about the series. READ FULL STORY

Damian Lewis to wear crown for Masterpiece

Brody’s got a new job: Damian Lewis (Homeland) will play Henry VIII in Masterpiece’s Wolf Hall on PBS.

The program will follow the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) in the Tudor court, from his start as a blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor. Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) will play Anne Boleyn in the six-part mini-series written by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

Other casting includes Jonathan Pryce (Cranford) as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Joanne Whalley (The Borgias) as Henry’s first wife Katherine of Aragon, and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) as Stephen Gardiner, Secretary to the King.

Filming has already started in the South West of England for broadcast in 2015 on Masterpiece on PBS and BBC2.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman's mustache star in new BBC 'Sherlock' trailer: VIDEO

The good news: Just six weeks stand between stateside Sherlock fans and new episodes of their favorite detective series. The bad news: Those lucky stiffs across the pond only have to wait three more weeks, since Sherlock‘s third batch of episodes premieres January 1 in the U.K. However will we manage the wait?!

Step 1: On New Year’s Day, have someone else reset your Tumblr password to avoid accidental spoilers. Step 2: Do the same for Twitter, Facebook, and any other social network that may draw British Cumberbitches (plus Americans with, er, virtual plane tickets to England). Step 3: Comfort yourself with this new trailer, featuring plenty of trademark Sherlock smugness and Watson’s bushy “I’ve moved on” mustache.


PBS renews Tavis Smiley for two years

Tavis Smiley, who has brought rare diversity to late-night TV for a decade on PBS, will add another two years to his run.

The Tavis Smiley show has been renewed through 2015, PBS said Thursday. READ FULL STORY

Charlie Rose interview with Syrian president airs Monday

Charlie Rose sat down with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday in Damascus in an interview that will air Monday on PBS and CBS News. It’s al-Assad’s first American TV interview in two years.

Rose called in to Face the Nation on Sunday morning to preview the interview, telling Bob Schieffer that al-Assad denied that he had anything to do with a chemical weapons attack last month.

President Obama will tape six interviews about Syria on Monday with ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and Fox, all of which will also air Monday night.

Watch the Rose preview below:

PBS NewsHour to expand to weekends

The news hour is about to get longer.

PBS’ long-running program NewsHour is expanding to weekends beginning Sept. 7, PBS has announced. The new program will be anchored by Hari Sreenivasan, a NewsHour correspondent.

“It’s an evolution in NewsHour‘s commitment to being a reliable, trusted news source that’s available anywhere, anytime, weekdays, weekends and online,” Sreenivasan said in a release. “I’d like to infuse the public in the content creation and content distribution using different tools to see how we can best engage with smart audiences.” The team “plan to use social media, Google Hangouts, live chats and other platforms to connect with audiences and also to connect viewers with the program’s guests.”

All the digital inclusion will be a push to get younger viewers to check out NewsHour, which has been running since 1975.


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