PBS Finishes Virtual Winter TCA 2022 with Five More Amazing Panels — Day 3 Recap

Susanne Simpson, series executive producer, MASTERPIECE, began PBS presentations by introducing MASTERPIECE’s new lineup of programming coming to PBS in 2022.

First, the series previewed “Ridley Road,” a four-part drama coming to PBS on Sunday, May 1, that tells the story of Vivien Epstein, a young Jewish woman who after falling in love with a member of the ’62 Group’, rejects her comfortable middle-class life in Manchester and joins the fight against fascism in London.

Next, Simpson announced the return of two more seasons of “All Creatures Great & Small” as well as MASTERPIECE’s summer and fall lineups. Mysteries are slated to dominate the series’ summer lineup with the return of “Endeavor,” “Grantchester,” and “Guilt.” In the fall, “Miss Scarlett and the Duke” and “Van der Valk” will return and the series will premiere “Magpie Murders,” a murder mystery starring Lesley Manville.

She then presented critics with the sneak peek at “Sanditon” as the fan-favorite is slated to make its return on Sunday, March 20 at 9 p.m. ET.

The fan-favorite drama inspired by Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel is back! After the first season’s finale left viewers hanging in suspense, the story continues with its high-spirited heroine, Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams), returning to the picturesque coastal resort of Sanditon and the companionship of her friend Georgiana Lambe (Crystal Clarke). What adventures, scandals, intrigue, and above all else — romance — await Miss Heywood this season?

Belinda Campbell, executive producer, Crystal Clarke, actor, “Georgiana Lambe,” Ben Lloyd-Hughes, actor, “Alexander Colbourne,” Tom Weston-Jones, actor, “Colonel Francis Lennox,” Rose Williams, actor, “Charlotte Heywood,” and Justin Young, head writer joined Susanne Simpson to discuss the new season with critics.

Next, Bill Gardner, Vice President, Multiplatform Programming and Head of Development at PBS introduced critics to AMERICAN ANTHEMS, a new six-part series celebrating the inspiring efforts of individuals facing extraordinary circumstances with surprise songs written and performed by country music’s biggest stars.

Each episode follows a different featured artist, including Grammy Award winner Jennifer Nettles, as they turn a local hero’s transformative story into a powerful and deeply personal anthem. These heroes are then surprised with a once-in-a-lifetime performance of the original song at an intimate event in their honor. Reminding viewers that opportunity can be found in adversity, AMERICAN ANTHEMS delivers messages of hope and compassion one song at a time.

Wes Edwards, series director, and two-time Country Music Association Award winner, and Dan Goodman, series executive producer and co-founder of Believe Entertainment Group, joined Jennifer Nettles to speak with critics about the series.

Next, Bill Gardner introduced the new three-part documentary series, THE GREAT MUSLIM AMERICAN ROAD TRIP, coming to PBS this summer. The new program follows a millennial Muslim American couple on a cross-country journey along historic Route 66 as they explore Islam’s deep roots in America.

Making more than a dozen stops between Chicago and Los Angeles, rapper Mona Haydar and her husband Sebastian Robins meet with authors, entrepreneurs, medical students, performers, and others to better understand the centuries-long Muslim experience in the United States. This series highlights the diversity of Muslims across the nation and their contributions to history and culture, weaving a colorful story of what it means to be a Muslim in America today.

Mona Haydar, series host, and Sebastian Robins, series host joined Alex Kronemer, series director and producer, and Hossam Aboul-Magd, director of photography to discuss the series with critics.

NOVA followed by introducing critics to its new programs coming to PBS this spring, including “Artic Sinkholes,” “Dinosaur Apocolypse” and “Secrets in the Scat.” Julia Cort, co-executive producer of NOVA then introduced “Augmented,” a new film following the dramatic personal journey of Hugh Herr, an MIT biophysicist who creates brain-controlled robotic limbs.

At age 17, Herr’s legs were amputated due to frostbite after he and a friend got lost in a snowstorm and nearly died while climbing New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. Frustrated by the primitive prosthetic legs he was given, Herr set out to remedy their design. While still a teenager, he crafted outsize prosthetic limbs that made him an even more accomplished climber than before the accident. Someday, the bionic innovations pioneered by Herr and his colleagues might even redefine what it means to be human; meanwhile, his story presents a powerful tale of innovation and the transformational power of personal tragedy. Premieres Wednesday, February 23, 9:00 p.m. ET.

Dr. Hugh Herr joined Jim Ewing, first-ever patient to undergo the “Ewing Amputation” procedure at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Dr. Shriya Srinivasan, researcher in Dr. Herr’s Biomechatronics group at the MIT Media Lab, Matthew Orr, director and Chris Schmidt, series co-executive producer to discuss the program with critics.

And the final PBS press conference at the Virtual Winter TCA 2022 featured the new special, AN EVENING WITH LERNER AND LOEWE — BROADWAY IN CONCERT, premiering Sunday, March 6.

PBS presents a musical celebration of the Broadway songwriting duo, Lerner & Loewe, featuring music from their most popular shows including “My Fair Lady,” “Gigi,” “Camelot,” “Paint Your Wagon” and“Brigadoon.” The program includes performances by Broadway and television celebrities like Tony® nominee Jenn Colella, Aisha Jackson, Michael Maliakel, Aaron Lazar, Jose Llana, Sean Thompson, and more with Maestro Luke Frazier and The American Pops Orchestra.

Luke Frazier, arranger, and conductor of the American Pops Orchestra joined Jenn Colella, Broadway actor, and singer, Tony-nominee for “Come From Away,” Aisha Jackson, Broadway actor, and singer, “Frozen,” “Waitress” and “Once Upon a One More Time,” Jose Llana, Broadway actor and singer, “The King & I’ and “Rent” and Michael Maliakel, Broadway actor and singer, currently starring in the title role of “Aladdin” to discuss the program with critics.

Thanks for following us these last few days for fun and informative press conferences. Many thanks to our panelists for taking time out to share their experiences with the TCA. See you all again this summer. — PBS Publicity Team

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