Five new fall TV shows for people with brains [Pictures]
With the networks hyping our brains out for their new fall shows, the best of PBS sometimes gets overlooked amid mindless commercial clutter. Here are five productions that will debut on PBS this fall that will make you feel good about TV -- and yourself for watching. I'll have five picks from cable and five from the networks in coming days. Stay tuned. -- David Zurawik
• Also see: b's fall TV preview
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'As Goes Janesville'( Courtesy of 371 Productions / August 13, 2012 )
Outside the General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, for a documentary three years in the making on what's happening to the middle class in America today. Yes, this is Paul Ryan's hometown. And this film is not to be missed. It will premiere Nov. 5. And if MPT and WETA don't air it or they bury it at some godforsaken time, I am going to be all over them. I promise. This is part of the "Independent Lens" series, which has not received anywhere near the respect it deserves from some PBS stations like MPT.