PBS closes out its turn at the Summer 2021 Virtual TCA Press Tour with a variety of afternoon panels.

AMERICAN MASTERS’ series executive producer, Michael Kantor, kicked things off by announcing the new program, “Ailey” coming to PBS January 11, 2022 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Kantor then introduced the great EGOT winner Rita Moreno and producer Mariem Perez Riera to discuss the upcoming documentary on Moreno’s life, “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.”

Premiering October 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET, the film covers Morena’s 70+ year career, is executive produced by Norman Lear and…

Suzanne Simpson, series executive producer, greeted TCA today to introduce new programming from MASTERPIECE, including the U.S. premiere of “Guilt” coming to PBS stations in September 2021.

In addition, MASTERPIECE provided critics with a sneak peek at season 2 of “All Creatures Great and Small” airing in the Winter 2022 season. Actors Nicholas Ralph (James Herriot), Anna Madeley (Mrs. Hall), Samuel West (Siegfried Farnon), Rachel Shenton (Helen Alderson), and Callum Woodhouse (Tristan Farnon) joined producer Colin Callender and writer and executive producer Ben Vanstone to discuss the series.

PBS KIDS followed MASTERPIECE with opening remarks from Linda Simensky…

Paula Kerger, PBS President & CEO, greeted TCA critics and credentialed press this morning to share the latest news and programming from PBS.

As you know, the “P” in PBS stands for public. It is core to our mission to serve the whole of the American public — to represent and reflect the great diversity of our country…and this enduring commitment has taken on even greater importance as our country grapples with legacies of inequality, discrimination, and racism. — Paula Kerger

In her remarks, Paula Kerger announced multiple diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives as part of the company’s enduring commitment:

It’s a year of innovation ahead at ANTIQUES ROADSHOW with the series’ celebratory Season 25 featuring all-new episodes and specials to air in 2021.

To close out PBS’ turn at the 2021 Winter TCA Press Tour, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW announced that for the first time ever, the program is releasing three one-hour ROADSHOW specials reimagined as visits with popular personalities including an Olympic medalist, an iconic late-night talk show host, a noted broadcast journalist and more.

Celebrities from the worlds of comedy, film, TV, literature, music, and sports share stories of favorite items — inherited, gifted, and collected — as ROADSHOW…

The majestic Rio Grande River cuts deep canyons between the United States and Mexico, creating staggering landscapes in one of the largest protected areas of its kind in North America.

The most remote corner of this infamous borderland is Big Bend National Park — a vast, unspoiled wonderland of serene beauty and home to some of America’s most glorious wildlife. This is true frontier land, where horizons never end and stars blaze as they have for eons. In a journey narrated by Thomas Haden Church, uncover Western dramas as told by the animals themselves. …

Coming to PBS on March 30, “The Blinding of Isaac Woodard” follows the story of a WWII veteran who becomes a victim of police violence in 1946.

Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was taken off a Greyhound bus after a heated exchange with the driver, who refused to let him off at a rest stop to use the restroom.

The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind. …

INDEPENDENT LENS presented two programs to the Television Critics Association during the Winter Press Tour, “Coded Bias” and “Philly D.A.”

“Coded Bias” follows MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini's work on facial recognition software and its inability to accurately identify darker-skinned faces.

The film follows as she embarks on an investigation that uncovers widespread bias lurking in the algorithms that shape the technology powering our lives.

To discuss the film, which premieres Monday, March 22, Joy Buolamwini joined Shalini Kantayya (director and producer) and Lois Vossen (series executive producer).

In addition, INDEPENDENT LENS presented “Philly D.A,” a new documentary series…

David Horne, executive producer of GREAT PERFORMANCES, opened the session with remarks on the challenges associated with producing during a global health pandemic and lockdown.

Despite these challenges, GREAT PERFORMANCES has completed “Romeo & Juliet” coming to PBS on Friday, April 23.

The film follows the story of two young lovers who strive to transcend a world of violence and corruption in modern Italy where religious and secular values clash.

Filmed over three weeks at the National Theatre and specifically staged for the camera to move from the stripped-down aesthetic of the rehearsal room to transform into a romantic epic…

A new four-hour documentary series hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the broad history and culture of a living institution within the African American community — the Black Church.

From enslavement to emancipation, the civil rights struggle to political action at every level of society, explore how African American faith communities have forged interracial ties and have been on the frontline of uplift and change.

Renowned participants in the series include media executive and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey; singer, songwriter, producer and philanthropist John Legend; singer and actress Jennifer Hudson; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of The Episcopal Church…

AMERICAN MASTERS held two sessions at this year’s Winter TCA Press Tour. First, the PBS producing partner previewed its upcoming film “Twyla Moves,” on Twyla Tharp’s astonishing career.

The film features never-before-seen interviews and select performances from Twyla Tharp’s vast array of more than 160 choreographed works, including 129 dances, 12 television specials, six major Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines.

Providing a firsthand glimpse into the legendary choreographer’s storied career and famously rigorous creative process, Twyla shares intimate details behind her trailblazing dances (“Fugue,” “Push Comes to Shove,” “Baker’s Dozen”), her cinematic…

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