PBS unveiled today an expansive summer line-up featuring a diverse array of new programming. Shows premiering this summer include the PBS ARTS SUMMER FESTIVAL, a seven-part celebration saluting arts and culture from the Middle East to South Texas; the debut of MARKET WARRIORS, a major new series that focuses on nationwide treasure hunts for flea market finds; QUEEN & COUNTRY and MICHAEL WOOD’S STORY OF ENGLAND, two shows that highlight British history and tradition just in time for the 2012 Olympic Games; and PBS ELECTION 2012, which includes full primetime coverage of the Republican and Democratic Conventions from PBS NEWSHOUR.[ Also Read: Will Web Shows Ring the Death Knell for TV Programs? ]
New episodes of PBS favorites also debut this summer, including a star-studded gala on A CAPITOL FOURTH; compelling independent documentaries from INDEPENDENT LENS and POV, now celebrating its 25th anniversary; new investigations on HISTORY DETECTIVES; new MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! productions; and updates to vintage episodes of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.[ Also Read: Wikileaks Boss Julian Assange to Host TV Show ]
“PBS and our stations will provide a truly amazing range of programs this summer, including an impressive selection of brand new shows,” said PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger.
“From showcasing artistic expression and culture with the PBS Arts Summer Festival, to the debut of a major new series on flea market adventures, to in-depth election coverage, the summer schedule is bursting with new content. Plus, viewers can bring PBS with them on vacation this summer with our ever-expanding programming on the PBS Video site and our mobile apps.”