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LeVar Burton Works to Bring Back ‘Reading Rainbow’

LeVar Burton Works to Bring Back ‘Reading Rainbow’

By Erika Watts May 28, 2014

If you remember the days of LeVar Burton hosting the PBS show Reading Rainbow, then your childhood was awesome. Unfortunately, most of the kids in elementary school now can’t say the same, and Burton is looking to change that. Burton …

J.D. Salinger Story Gets Longer T.V. Treatment J.D. Salinger Story Gets Longer T.V. Treatment
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J.D. Salinger is a well-regarded author, yet little is known about much of his life. After writing the controversial and popular novel “The Catcher In The Rye”, Salinger became reclusive and guarded his private life closely. But a new book, …

Downton Abbey: Let’s Have a Bit of a Chin Wag* Downton Abbey: Let’s Have a Bit of a Chin Wag*

Downton Abbey‘s fourth season has just premiered to the delight of faithful watchers and new fans alike. With Downton Abbey, it seems as if one either adores the show, or abhors it. If you’re of another group– the one wondering …

More mellow and comforting than last year's special More mellow and comforting than last year's special
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The much-anticipated Christmas episode of the hit series Downton Abbey saw the Crawley family in London for Lady Rose’s debut at court. Although Season 4 won’t premier in the US – on PBS – until January 5, it’s been airing …

Downton Abbey Christmas Special Video Downton Abbey Christmas Special Video
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Downton Abbey has become quite a hit for many people around the world, and the British hit continues to delight its fans. While the show originally airs in the U.K., it has become very popular in the United States as …

More Parents Than Ever Are Buying Tablets For Kids More Parents Than Ever Are Buying Tablets For Kids
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When I was growing up, I was mostly given traditional toys for Christmas. According to a new survey, that’s quickly changing as more parents opt to gift their children tech-related items. PBS Kids recently surveyed 1,000 parents with children between …

The Day of the Doctor has Arrived The Day of the Doctor has Arrived

Mm? What’s that, my boy?- Did I hear you say that Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary via one of the largest simulcasts in TV history today? It’s true: BBC America will air the special new episode entitled The Day …

Amazon Strikes New Content Deals Amazon Strikes New Content Deals

Amazon has announced two separate deals for exclusive streaming rights to content. It has added to its PBS relationship, adding exclusive subscription streaming for Mr. Selfridge, and is also entered an exclusive licensing agreement with film studio A24, which has …

16th Annual Mark Twain Prize airs November 24th 16th Annual Mark Twain Prize airs November 24th
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Carol Burnett became one of the few women to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor late last month. Fellow comedians including Martin Short, Tina Fey, Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler and long-time collaborator Vicki Lawrence filled the Kennedy Center …

Downton Abbey Renewed for a Fifth Season Downton Abbey Renewed for a Fifth Season
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Love the British hit drama “Downton Abbey?” If you do, not only will American audiences get to see season four this January, but the show has already been renewed for a fifth season. The international PBS Masterpiece sensation from creator …

Here's A Lost Interview With Kurt Cobain Here's A Lost Interview With Kurt Cobain
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PBS Digital Studios’ Blank on Blank is highlighting a “lost interview” with legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. He was interviewed by Jon Savage for Identity in New York City on July 22, 1993. In the highlights below, Cobain talks about …

Carol Burnett Awarded Prize for American Comedy Carol Burnett Awarded Prize for American Comedy

Carol Burnett received the 16th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday evening at the Kennedy Center in D.C. Carol Burnett is seen as a role model to comedians past and present, such as Tina Fey, after she …

"The Lady Vanishes": Remake Better, Worse, the Same? "The Lady Vanishes": Remake Better, Worse, the Same?
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Whenever a classic is remade, it’s risky and bound to be compared. The 2013 version of The Lady Vanishes premiered on PBS Sunday, and it had some Hitchcockian shoes to fill. The newest version received the TV movie treatment for …

Netflix Extends PBS Deal, Gets A Couple Exclusives Netflix Extends PBS Deal, Gets A Couple Exclusives

Netflix just announced an expanded multi-year agreement with PBS Distribution, which the company says will make a “wide variety of great PBS programming” available to Netflix members in the U.S. and Canada. This comes just after a bunch of PBS …

Amazon Adds PBS Shows to Prime Instant Video Amazon Adds PBS Shows to Prime Instant Video

Amazon and PBS have just announced an expanded licensing agreement that will see a bunch of past episodes of popular PBS shows hit the Prime Instant Video catalog. On the adult side of things, the deal brings over NOVA, Masterpiece, …

Is Netflix About To Lose A Bunch Of PBS Content? Is Netflix About To Lose A Bunch Of PBS Content?
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Update: After speaking with a source at Netflix, I can confirm that Netflix is not losing PBS content in the sense that you will no longer see PBS content on Netflix. You will continue to see some titles. The source …

PBS Layoffs: NewsHour to Make Some Cuts PBS Layoffs: NewsHour to Make Some Cuts
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PBS’s nearly four decade-old nightly newscast is about to face some serious cuts. The New York Times reports that an internal memo from PBS NewsHour’s executive producer Linda Winslow indicates that the show’s producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, will be closing two …