EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE: Filmmaker Eric Stange on the tortured author – Exclusive Interview

Denis O'Hare stars as Edgar Allan Poe in AMERICAN MASTERS - EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE | © 2017 PBS

Eric Stange (pronounced STANG-ee) created EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE, which premieres on PBS as part of the network’s AMERICAN MASTERS series on Monday, October 30, appropriately the day before Halloween. EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE has an unconventional format, with Denis O’Hare (a Tony-winning actor who is also a veteran of AMERICAN HORROR STORY and TRUE BLOOD) portraying the tortured author. O’Hare gives a solo performance that is interspersed with interviews with Poe scholars. Stange, a documentary filmmaker whose work includes programs for PBS’ NOVA and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, talks about BURIED ALIVE, which examines Poe’s role as one of […]Read On »

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THE VIETNAM WAR: Director/producer Lynn Novick – Exclusive Interview

outh Vietnamese troops fly over the Mekong Delta in 1963 from the Ken Burns documentary THE VIETNAM WAR |photo Courtesy of Rene Burri/Magnum Photos

Lynn Novick is, with Ken Burns, the director and producer of the ten-episode, eighteen-hour documentary THE VIETNAM WAR airing on PBS through September 28. The duo worked on the project for ten years, with Novick making multiple trips to Vietnam. In a phone interview, she discusses her work on the historical epic. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you initially come to work with Ken Burns? LYNN NOVICK: Ken and I have been working together since 1989. So I worked with him when he and Ric Burns were finishing up THE CIVIL WAR series, and they hired me to help finish up […]Read On »

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THE VIETNAM WAR: Ken Burns chats about his new documentary – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

College students march against the war in Boston. October 16, 1965 from the Ken Burns documentary THE VIETNAM WAR | photo Courtesy of AP/Frank C. Curtin

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns reveals more about his ten-part, eighteen-hour series THE VIETNAM WAR, co-directed and co-produced with Lynn Novick. THE VIETNAM WAR airs over two weeks on PBS, Sundays through Thursdays Sept. 17-28. ASSIGNMENT X: Was there some footage you were surprised existed at all, like the North Vietnamese combat footage? There are times when it seems odd that someone kept a camera rolling. KEN BURNS: Some of it is for the propaganda purposes, and some of it might be restaged, and we put a disclaimer in the credits on all of […]Read On »

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THE VIETNAM WAR: Filmmaker Ken Burns – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

THE VIETNAM WAR | ©2017 PBS

THE VIETNAM WAR is a ten-episode, eighteen-hour documentary, running Sunday-Thursday on PBS for two weeks, beginning September 17. The project by filmmakers Ken Burns (THE CIVIL WAR, THE WEST, THE WAR, BASEBALL, etc.) and Lynn Novick has a scope that is at once historical and intimate, featuring interviews with war veterans, their families, politicians and experts on all sides: American, South Vietnamese and North Vietnamese. In Part 1 of an exclusive phone interview, Burns discusses the making of THE VIETNAM WAR. ASSIGNMENT X: How long were you and Lynn Novick working on this project? KEN BURNS: About ten and a […]Read On »

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THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE: Scientists Linda Spilker and Tom Spilker on the new PBS NOVA program – Exclusive Interview

Voyager 2 at Cape Kennedy in SAEF.10/19/1977 from THE FARTHEST - VOYAGER IN SPACE | ©2017 PBS

Planetary scientist Dr. Linda Spilker and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientist Dr. Tom Spilker both worked on the Voyager space exploration project, sending two unmanned spacecraft beyond the boundaries of our solar system, which is examined in PBS NOVA’s THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE. Linda Spilker continues to work on the Cassini mission, exploring Saturn, its moons and its rings, documented in PBS NOVA’s DEATH DIVE TO SATURN. Both programs air on PBS Wednesday, September 13 (check local listings for times). As their surnames suggest, the Doctors Spilker are married to one another. Linda Spilker wears a ring, […]Read On »

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KING CHARLES III: The late actor Tim Pigott-Smith on his final roles – Exclusive Interview

Tim Pigott-Smith in KING CHARLES III | Photo Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic for BBC and MASTERPIECE

Actor Tim Pigott-Smith, the subject of this interview, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 70 on April 7, 2017, a little under three months after this interview was conducted. He was at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour in Pasadena, California, to talk about the film version of KING CHARLES III. KING CHARLES III began life as a stage play. It seems Shakespearean, dealing with the English throne and written by Mike Bartlett entirely in iambic pentameter, but in fact it deals with issues of present and future. The premise of KING CHARLES III is that Queen […]Read On »

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VICTORIA: Daisy Goodwin and Damien Timmer on PBS drama – exclusive interview

Jenna Coleman stars in VICTORIA | © 2017 PBS

VICTORIA is airing its eight-episode first season Sunday nights on PBS’ MASTERPIECE, with a second season waiting in the wings. Jenna Coleman (of DOCTOR WHO) plays the nineteenth-century English monarch from before her ascension to the crown at age eighteen through the first years of her reign. Daisy Goodwin created the series, based on her meticulously researched book. (The writer also has a cameo as the Duchess of Inverness). VICTORIA executive producer Damien Timmer has a long relationship with PBS as one of the forces behind POLDARK, which will be back for a third season, and ENDEAVOUR. Goodwin and Timmer […]Read On »

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POLDARK: Eleanor Tomlinson on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Eleanor Tomlinson in POLDARK - Season 1 | ©2016 PBS

POLDARK is back for its second season (and renewed for a third) Sunday nights on PBS. In period series based on Winston Graham’s novels, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) has returned to his home in a village in Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War. Eleanor Tomlinson plays Demelza, the peasant girl that Poldark rescued and eventually married in Season 1. In Season 2, Demelza has a firmer grip on her new life as a member of the landed gentry, but she still has to deal with Ross pining for his now-married former fiancée Elizabeth (Heida Reed). Tomlinson talks about all that […]Read On »

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POLDARK: Aidan Turner chats Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Aidan Turner in POLDARK - Season 2 | ©2016 PBS

Aidan Turner returns as the heroic eighteenth-century hero Ross Poldark in POLDARK, which returns to PBS for its second season on Sunday, September 25. Poldark loves his wife Demelza, played by Eleanor Tomlinson, but still pines for his now-married former fiancée Elizabeth, played by Heida Reid. Poldark is also still battling for the family properties and to prevent the wealthy locals from taking advantage of the less fortunate. POLDARK is extremely popular in the U.K., where filming on Season 3 is already underway. Turner has had long runs as a vampire on three seasons of the U.K. version of BEING […]Read On »

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DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR – Exclusive Interview with Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky

DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS' WAR | ©2016 PBS

DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR premieres on PBS Tuesday, September 20.  The documentary film about a Unitarian couple who smuggled Jews out of Nazi-occupied territory before and during World War II has a behind-the-scenes story that’s almost as interesting as what’s onscreen. Artemis Joukowsky, directing his first feature, eventually got his friend, the acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns to sign on as co-director. The film came about as a result of Joukowsky learning something unexpected about his maternal grandparents. ARTEMIS JOUKOWSKY: I was fourteen, and I was at the Allen Stevenson School, and I was given an assignment to interview […]Read On »

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