PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS announced new programs and initiatives launching in 2017 and beyond. A brief synopsis of each program is listed below, along with links to the full press releases.
The nation’s most trusted provider of educational media for children, will launch the first-ever national 24/7 PBS KIDS channel, provided by member stations across the country on TV and via live streaming on digital platforms. The free service, which will feature 24/7 educational programming, ensures that PBS KIDS’ high-quality content is available to all children and caregivers on a platform and at a time that works for them, including primetime, weekends and other out-of-school times when they are most likely to tune in. One hundred eight PBS licensees are expected to launch the PBS KIDS channel on TV by the end of the year, making it available to 90 percent of U.S. TV households.
NOVA “Solar Eclipse” (w.t.) is a new program from PBS’ award-winning science series NOVA, produced by WGBH Boston. On Monday, August 21, 2017, America’s eyes will be glued to the skies as the mainland United States experiences the first total solar eclipse since 1979. NOVA will capture the spectacular event in a special presentation to air hours after it takes place.
THE FARTHEST (w.t.) is a two-hour documentary that spotlights the extraordinary success story of NASA’s Voyager mission, which began 40 years ago this August. The twin Voyager spacecraft revolutionized planetary science, resolved key questions about the outer planets and raised intriguing new ones about the evolution of our solar system. THE FARTHEST (w.t.) will celebrate these magnificent machines, the men and women who built them, and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped.
BEYOND A YEAR IN SPACE, a follow-up documentary to 2016’s A YEAR IN SPACE special, is scheduled to premiere on PBS in November 2017. The two specials, adapted from TIME’s original digital video series about astronaut Scott Kelly’s 12-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS), explore the human limitations for space travel and what a mission to Mars will require.
PBS Summer of Adventure includes six new limited series that take viewers to some of the world’s most amazing places and cultures. Titles include: THE STORY OF CHINA, BIG PACIFIC (w.t.), RARE – CREATURES OF THE PHOTO ARK, WEEKEND IN HAVANA (w.t.), NATURE’S GREAT RACE, and GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW.
All announcements, program specific press releases, and related images are available on PBS PressRoom.
PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 33 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.
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