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KET and PBS 2013 fall season packed with new programs

For Release: 2013-08-13 08:27:00

The new fall season from KET and PBS includes a new six-part comedy-drama, a new season of treasure hunting across Kentucky, a joint PBS and ESPN investigation into professional football and concussions, and much more.


New seasons of KET programs premiering this fall include: Kentucky Life, which is beginning its 19th season; Kentucky Collectibles, which begins its second season; and Louisville Life, kicking of its seventh season.


Highlights from PBS’ fall season include, among many others: Last Tango in Halifax, a six-part series about romance and second chances that has taken the British Isles by storm; Genealogy Roadshow, featuring visits to cities across the country with participants with stories to tell; and Frontline’s “League of Denial,” a major investigation of the health crisis that threatens the National Football League.


The March
Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 9/8 p.m. on KET
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, The March looks at the day in 1963 where Martin Luther King made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech and the march almost didn't happen. Deploying remarkable rare archival footage, The March recounts the dramatic events that took place not only in front of the cameras but behind the scenes, revealing how one of the most important events in the Civil Rights Movement almost didn't happen, told by those who refused to back down and whose lives it forever changed.


Last Tango in Halifax
Premieres Sunday, Sept. 8 at 8/7 p.m. on KET and Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8/7 p.m. on KET2
Last Tango in Halifax is an uplifting six-part comedy-drama about romance and second chances that features childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s. They fall for each other all over again when they are reunited after nearly 60 years.


Masterpiece Mystery “Foyle’s War,” series VII
Sundays, Sept. 15-29 at 9/8 pm on KET
Foyle and his loyal friend Sam return in three new episodes of the highly anticipated detective series, set in post-war 1946-47. Foyle (Michael Kitchen) and Sam (Honeysuckle Weeks) adjust to a new era of secrets, intelligence and security.


Genealogy Roadshow
Premieres Monday, Sept. 23 at 9/8 p.m. on KET2 and Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10/9 p.m. on KET
Genealogy Roadshow visits cities across the country and guests explore unverified genealogical claims passed down through family history. Featured cities in this first season include Nashville — where several people from Kentucky are featured — Austin, Detroit and San Francisco.


Independent Lens: Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey
Monday, Sept. 30 at 10/9 p.m. on KET
“Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” the season premiere of Independent Lens, follows the real life rock 'n' roll fairy tale of Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for the iconic American rock band Journey. Other programs this season include, among others: “56 Up,” the eighth film in the landmark documentary series that began 49 years ago; and “The Waiting Room,” a documentary that interweaves several stories that unfold in surprising ways in an ER waiting room at Oakland, California.


Louisville Life
Saturdays premiering Oct. 5 at 7:30/6:30 p.m. on KET and Thursdays premiering Oct. 10 at 7:30/6:30 p.m. on KET2
The new season of Louisville Life, hosted by Cancyce Clifft, profiles Louisville sculptor Matt Weir, who gained recognition with his large Saint Xavier Tiger. The program also visits the recently renovated Patton Museum, in addition to featuring the majestic Louisville Palace. Also this season, Louisville Life features a special six-part segment series “Ten Building That Changed Louisville.”


Kentucky Life
Saturdays premiering Oct. 5 at 8/7 p.m. and Sundays premiering Oct. 6 at 4/3 p.m. on KET
Throughout the 19th season of Kentucky Life, host Dave Shuffett travels the state highlighting its people, places and ideas. The program visits the 8th of August festival in Paducah, which explores the history of the west Kentucky and Tennessee African-American celebration of emancipation. This season also explores the famous Confederate cavalryman John Hunt Morgan and the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance, which attracts authentic and one-of-a-kind automobiles from across the nation in a juried competition.


Frontline: League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis
Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 9/8 p.m. on KET
In this groundbreaking two-hour special, Frontline joins with ESPN journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada on a major investigation of the health crisis that threatens the richest, most powerful sports league in the world, the National Football League. The NFL is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. The investigation draws on more than 200 interviews with scientists, doctors and former players, including some of the NFL’s all-time greats, as well as previously unpublished medical records, NFL memorandums and e-mails.


Kentucky Collectibles
October, TBD
Hosted by Dave Shuffett and Amy Hess, KET’s newest production Kentucky Collectibles begins its second season of telling Kentucky’s stories through prized items, whether heirloom or kitsch, that guests share with Shuffett and Hess. The hosts will also make side trips throughout Kentucky as they explore the world of antiques and collectibles at shops, appraisers, boutiques and more. This season’s discoveries prove to be even more valuable than last season.


PBS Arts Fall Festival
Fridays, Oct. 18 to Nov. 29 at 10/9 p.m. on KET
PBS Arts Fall Festival is returning for a seven-week run, celebrating music and Broadway classics. The lineup includes: Great Performances “40th Anniversary Celebration,” A Raisin in the Sun RevisitedGreat Performances “Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera,” Great Performances “Stephen Sondheim's Company with the New York Philharmonic,” Great Performances “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!,” Nashville 2.0, and Great Performances “Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn.”


American Experience “JFK”
Monday, Nov. 11 and Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 9/8 p.m. on KET
Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin’s bullet, John F. Kennedy’s presidency has often defied objective appraisal. This new four-hour, two-part portrait from American Experience offers a fresh assessment of the man, his accomplishments and his unfulfilled promise.


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Contact: Abby Malik



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