PBS Announces Fall 2017 Schedule

PBS announced its fall 2017 lineup, as well as the January 2018 broadcast of TONY BENNETT: THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE, a PBS music special taping this fall to honor the singer, this year’s recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. returns with a new season (October 3) to explore the fascinating family trees of popular figures including Aziz Ansari, Scarlett Johansson, Larry David, Garrison Keillor, Amy Schumer, Ted Danson, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Ana Navarro, Christopher Walken, Ava DuVernay, Bryant Gumbel and others. And in a weekly Friday night salute to Broadway from October 20 to December 1, PBS raises the curtain on three of the Great White Way’s most acclaimed recent musical productions. GREAT PERFORMANCES presents “She Loves Me” (October 20), “Holiday Inn” (November 24) and a tribute to Harold Prince, the living embodiment of Broadway’s Golden Age (November 17), along with the acclaimed revival of “Present Laughter” (November 3) and encores of “In the Heights – Chasing Broadway Dreams” (November 10) and “Hamilton’s America” (December 1). Continuing its tradition of hard-hitting journalism, FRONTLINE examines Russian President Vladimir Putin in a two-part documentary exploring his rise, rule and motivations (October 25 and November 1). THIRD RAIL WITH OZY is a new primetime cross-platform debate series hosted by Emmy-Award winning journalist Carlos Watson. Each week experts, celebrity guests, and digital and studio audiences will tackle a provocative question about the country’s critical issues (September 8). Anchoring the fall 2017 season on PBS is the previously announced THE VIETNAM WAR, the 10-part epic series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premiering Sundays-Thursdays, September 17 to September 28.