Exclusive Interview: Abigail Thaw talks about ENDEAVOUR, the INSPECTOR MORSE prequel

Abigail Thaw in ENDEAVOUR | ©2012 PBS

John Thaw played the title role in the BBC’s INSPECTOR MORSE, based on the novels by Colin Dexter, from 1987 through 2000, though seven seasons and five specials, shown in the U.S. on PBS. The character died in the final special, THE REMORSEFUL DAY. Actor Thaw passed away in 2002, after forty-one years as a fixture of British television, with starring roles in THE SWEENEY, A YEAR IN PROVENCE and KAVANAGH Q.C. among the many to his credit. Inspector Morse has an ongoing legacy in the INSPECTOR LEWIS series, starring Kevin Whately as Morse’s former sidekick who has stepped into […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Lara Pulver Talks the New Season of SHERLOCK

Lara Pulver as Irene Adler in Sherlock on the BBC | (c) 2012 BBC

The literary figure Irene Adler lives up to her surname – she is the only woman ever to addle Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective Sherlock Holmes. With that sort of power, it’s no wonder the character turns up to bedazzle and bedevil Holmes in SHERLOCK, a contemporary take on the sleuth developed by writers/producers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for the BBC. Season Two begins nex Sunday, May 6, on PBS at 9 PM in the U.S. (Season Two previously ran on the BBC starting New Year’s Day). Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his companion, Afghan war veteran John Watson, soared […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Gillian Anderson has GREAT EXPECTATIONS for PBS incarnation

Gillian Anderson in GREAT EXPECTATIONS | ©2012 PBS/Todd Antony

Charles Dickens’ novel GREAT EXPECTATIONS is considered one of the classics of Western literature. It has been adapted in many versions for stage, film and television. Now PBS is broadcasting its co-production with the BBC of a new miniseries adaptation of GREAT EXPECTATIONS in its Masterpiece Theatre Classic showcase, with one hour tonight at 9 PM and two hours next Sunday, also starting at 9 PM. For those unfamiliar with the story, financially disadvantaged nineteenth-century youth Pip (Douglas Booth) is bankrolled by a mysterious benefactor. He falls in love with the beautiful Estella (Vanessa Kirby), whose guardian Miss Havisham was jilted […]Read On »

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TCA News: PBS says expect ENDEAVOUR, the INSPECTOR MORSE movie prequel, to become a regular series

Shaun Evans in ENDEAVOUR | ©2012 PBS/ITV

The popular British detective series INSPECTOR MORSE has been transformed into a one-off TV movie prequel called ENDEAVOUR and is based on Colin Dexter’s novels. The movie has already made its debut in the U.K. on ITV and has proven quite successful. This co-production with the PBS (which will air it this summer on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!) has already provided talk that a TV series might follow. Shaun Evans who plays a younger Morse (the movie is set in the 1960s) says he would love to come back for a full series. “It was a great opportunity for me,” says Evans. […]Read On »

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TCA News: PBS says expect a Series 3 of SHERLOCK

SHERLOCK - Series 2 | ©2012 PBS/BBC

The current Second Series of the BBC/PBS co-production of SHERLOCK has been breaking records in the U.K. and even though PBS won’t air the episodes until May, talk of a third series is inevitable. While speaking at the PBS session for MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! which airs SHERLOCK under that banner, actress Lara Pulver who plays Holmes foil Irene Adler in Series 2, spoke about the show’s impact her native U.K. “It’s resonating hugely within the British audiences, which is very exciting and there’s more scope for these two characters [Holmes and Adler],” admits Pulver. As for whether Benedict Cumberbatch will return […]Read On »

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TCA News: JOHNNY CARSON: KING OF LATE NIGHT gets the latest AMERICAN MASTERS slot on PBS

Late Night talk show host Johnny Carson | ©Johnny Carson

At today’s TCA session for PBS, director Peter Jones spoke about his work on the new AMERICAN MASTERS special – JOHNNY CARSON: KING OF LATE NIGHT. This project, set to air in May 14, celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Johnny Carson taking over THE TONIGHT SHOW from Jack Paar and changing the face of late night forever. A private person, Jones admits that Carson didn’t really want to participate in a documentary on his life – at least in his lifetime. And after 12 years of writing to him, he finally got a call from the talk show host in […]Read On »

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TCA News: Expect more Ken Burns documentaries on PBS including THE DUST BOWL

THE DUST BOWL documentary by Ken Burns | ©2012 PBS

During the Winter 2012 TCAs this week, PBS revealed that Ken Burns will be a big part of their programming for years to come. “I refer to it as our ‘marriage contract’ otherwise known as ‘’till death do us part,’” says PBS CEO and President Paula Kerger. “We have a long-term relationship with him which we created because so many of the projects that he works on are large and epic,” says Kerger. Upcoming projects include THE DUST BOWL, set to air in the Fall. “It’s going to be an extraordinarily powerful series because he was able to record a […]Read On »

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TCA News: PBS talks about Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney calling for end to federal funding of the broadcaster

NO APOLOGY by Mitt Romney | ©Mitt Romney

At PBS’s winter TCA press tour, the broadcaster’s President and CEO Paula Kerger responded to potential Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s call to end Federal funding and suggesting PBS start running ads. Kerger says that it’s wonderful that Romney says he likes public broadcasting, she did note that the Federal investment is rather minimal when you break it all down. “We try to leverage it very carefully and it amounts to about $1.35 a person per year,” says Kerger. “We have always had bipartisan support, and I know that this is a period in our country’s history where, as a […]Read On »

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TCA News: Is PBS becoming the new HBO with quality hits like DOWNTON ABBEY?

DOWNTON ABBEY | ©PBS

PBS kicked off the Winter 2012 Television Critics Association this week with its executive session with President and CEO Paula Kerger. One of the talking points was a recent story in the New York Times that said PBS is giving the premium channels like HBO and Showtime a run for their money – especially with the success of such quality programming as DOWNTON ABBEY. “It’s funny how may people have said to me, ‘oh, PBS looks cool again,’” admits Kerger. “I’ve always thought PBS was cool, but that’s just my opinion. I think what we’re trying to do … is […]Read On »

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Interview: Monkees member Davy Jones chats MY MUSIC: ’60s POP ROCK’

Davy Jones performs on MY MUSIC: '60s POP ROCK | ©2011 PBS

Davy Jones remains one of the most enduring icons of ‘60s pop, thanks largely to the fact that as the primary lead singer of the Monkees, he was insanely popular, but also because he’s still performing now. For people of a certain age, the Monkees were indelible. Yes, the ‘60s band – Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith – were originally put together by NBC network casting executives and played a lot of material by outside songwriters, but the songs were catchy, the show was fun (and actually subversive when rewatched by adults), and the band has remained […]Read On »

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