PBS is the last broadcaster to present at The Winter Press Tour, and the day begun with a number of programming announcements for 2013. In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, PBS will broadcast a series of documentaries from Monday, February 18 to Friday, February 22 that will focus on gun laws, mental illness and school security. This special programming will include programs from PBS Newshour, Frontline, Nova, Need to Know and Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.
Other new programming slated on PBS in 2013 will include A Brief History of Mine (working title), the first-ever autobiographical documentary of physicist Stephen Hawking; Latino Americans, a three part, six hour series narrated by Benjamin Bratt that chronicles the varied experience of the Latino community; and The Bletchley Circle, a three-part murder mystery scheduled in the Sunday 10 p.m. ET hour from April 21 to May 5. How Sherlock Changed the World, a two-hour special about the world’s most legendary fictional detective, will air next fall.
PBS will also present the second annual Online Film Festival, featuring short-form films, beginning on Monday, March 4. And it will offer a multi-platform Independent Film Showcase this fall, featuring films from POV and Independent Lens and other public media partners.