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Doctor Who Celebrates 50th Anniversary In Big Way

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 of the Doctor at 2:50 pm ET/ 1:50pm CT/12:50 MT/11:50am PT today. A pre-show airs at 2:30 ET on BBC …

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Amazon Makes A Pair Of New Exclusive Streaming Rights 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 produced films like Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. Already in effect, Amazon Prime Instant Video is the only subscription …

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80-Year-Old Carol Burnett Receives Coveted Comedic Award

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 for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC with high spirits (and no shortage of political jokes) to present the prestigious …

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Downton Abbey Renewed for a Fifth Season

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 Julian Fellowes, will begin airing in America on January 5, 2014. The fourth season has just finished its run in …

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Kurt Cobain Talks Gay Thoughts, Homophobic Mother And Oppression Of Women In Lost Interview

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 his problems in high school, his mother, his ancestry, stomach pain, sexism in music, punk rock, thinking he was gay …

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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 paved the way for women in comedy. Determined, The Carol Burnett Show ran from 1967–1978, with 11 seasons, 278 episodes …

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“The Lady Vanishes”: Remake Better, Worse, the Same?

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 PBS’ “Masterpiece Mystery!” series, and had already aired on BBC One in March in the United Kingdom. Both the original, …

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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 titles just expired in Netflix’s streaming catalog, and Amazon added some to its Prime Instant Video library. Amazon, by the …

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Amazon Adds PBS Shows to Prime Instant Video: NOVA, Masterpiece, and a Handful of Kids Shows

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, and some Ken Burns documentaries. For the kids, Amazon will now stream Caillou, Arthur, Daniels Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train and …

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Is Netflix About To Get Rid Of A Bunch Of PBS Content?

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 could not comment on any specific title, other than to note that Amazon did indeed get the exclusive deal for …

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PBS Layoffs: NewsHour to Make Some Cuts Amid Lost Corporate Revenue

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 offices and laying off most of their employees at those locations. The two offices that will take the hit are …

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Mister Rogers Wants to ‘Sing Along’ in New PBS Auto-tune Remix

About a year ago, PBS Digital Studios broke the internet with their auto-tuned remix of classic Mister Roger footage entitled “Garden of Your Mind.” It was the first in their “Icons Remixed” series, and PBS later put the autotuner on other PBS mega-stars like Bob Ross, Julia Child, and Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton. Today, Mister Rogers is gets another remix. …

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