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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TCA 2011: Fox talks about the greenlight of COSMOS: A SPACE-TIME ODYSSEY

Carl Sagan's COSMOS - DVD cover

The last thing anyone would expect the Fox network to do would be a documentary sequel to the hit 1980s PBS/Carl Sagan hosted and produced documentary science series COSMOS, but it’s official – they’ve greenlit it. Titled COSMOS: A SPACE-TIME ODYSSEY, the series will surprisingly be produced by FAMILY GUY creator Seth MacFarlane. At today’s Summer 2011 Television Critics Association Fox session, Fox’s Entertainment President Kevin Reilly spoke about picking up this property to series. “It’s a unique property that doesn’t feel like a natural fit on Fox, but it was the most successful thing PBS has done,” explains Reilly. […]Read On »

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The AX Interview: SHOWRUNNERS STEVEN MOFFAT AND MARK GATISS ON ‘SHERLOCK’ AND ‘DOCTOR WHO’

© 2010 PBS | Benedict Cumberbatch in MASTERPIECE MYSTERY: SHERLOCK

It seems everybody has taken a turn at depicting Arthur Conan Doyle’s proto-detective Sherlock Holmes. Steven Moffat, who recently worked on the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming feature THE ADVENTURES OF TIN-TIN, and Mark Gatiss, both currently on the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO starring Matt Smith, have brought Holmes into the twenty-first century while remaining true to the spirit of the original with their new three-part BBC/PBS series SHERLOCK, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, with Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. The show is already a hit in England and just finished up its run on the network’s MASTERPIECE MYSTERY […]Read On »

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