The biggest stars of PBS' new fall lineup are named Franklin, Eleanor and Teddy .
"The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait," a seven-part, 14-hour documentary series from prolific filmmaker
"We're incredibly proud of the strength of our line-up and our commitment to bring viewers the best content available in history, science, drama, documentary, the arts and performance and much more," said PBS chief programming executive Beth Hoppe.
Also new this fall is "How We Got to Now," a six-part series premiering Oct. 15. Hosted by popular science author Steven Johnson, it will tell "the stories behind remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered." It will air as part of "Think Wednesday," the broadcaster's weekly block of science and nature programming.
Another series airing on Wednesdays is "Life on the Reef," which will take a fresh look at Australia's Great Barrier Reef from the perspective of the humans who reside nearby, premiering Sept. 24.
The Sunday night fixture "Masterpiece" will continue to spotlight British drama. Airing Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, "Death Comes to Pemberley" is an adaptation of P.D. James' follow-up to"Pride and Prejudice" starring
The "Makers" series will continue beginning Sept. 30 with six new documentaries profiling groundbreaking women in comedy, business, space, politics, war and Hollywood.
Filmmaker Ric Burns (of the acclaimed "New York: A Documentary Film") will once again examine American history in "The Pilgrims: American Experience," premiering Nov. 25.
New installments of the biography series "American Masters" include "Bing Crosby," about the legendary multi-media star (Dec. 26) and "The Boomer List," which will look at 19 prominent baby boomers (Sept. 23).