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WILL - TV Worth Blogging - May 29, 2013

New Shows Coming to PBS Beginning This Fall

Programming notes from the PBS Annual Meeting.

Last Tango in Halifax joins an exciting night of British drama, but there's also music, history, science and much more!

by David Thiel

The cast of Last Tango in Halifax.

In May, public broadcasters gathered in Miami Beach for the PBS Annual Meeting, a four-day work conference and preview of the new programs we’ll see on WILL-TV in fall 2013 and beyond. Highlights included a new drama, Last Tango in Halifax, premiering this September. Read on for more about what's coming to PBS in the months ahead!

WILL - TV Worth Blogging - May 29, 2013

Other Fish in the Sea

Pardon me while I step on this here soapbox...

Remember when PBS was going to be replaced by cable? Next up: Mermaids.

by David Thiel

Look, I try not to be one of those people with holier-than-thou attitudes about television. People watch TV for all sorts of reasons: information, enlightenment, entertainment...or background noise. it's not like I go home at the end of the day and plop down on the couch for a ten-part history of the Merovingian dynasty. My DVR is set to record every new episode of E's pop-culture snark-fest The Soup.

But, but...every once in a while, a show comes along that makes me ruefully recall those days when this or that pundit or lawmaker would declaim that PBS was no longer necessary, as cable would serve our needs for news, arts, and science. This week, Animal Planet debuted its highest-rated special ever...Mermaids: The New Evidence.

WILL - TV Worth Blogging - May 10, 2013

Downton Delayed ‘Til 2014

Not on PBS' fall schedule.

No worries, Downton will return. It'll just be later than you may have hoped.

by David Thiel

Highclere Castle, the main location used for "Downton Abbey." Photo has been retouched to add a sign reading "Reopening 2014?"

U.S. fans of Downton Abbey already feeling the absence of new episodes will have to wait a bit longer, I’m afraid.

Yesterday PBS announced their fall lineup, and Downton was noticeably absent. While there’s absolutely no doubt that Series Four will be coming to WILL-TV, it’s now looking likely to be in January 2014. (UPDATED: The premiere has been announced as January 5, 2014.)