The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 15, 1999 - 15
'BS brings diverse programming to 31st season
ntering its 31st year, PBS contin-
to stress its "commitment to
lore the diversity of the American
)f course, the public television
work and its 349 member stations
offer diversity in its range of
adcast fare. "If PBS doesn't do it,
a will?" is more than a mere slo-
Vith competition from cable a
en, PBS argues that, instead of
ing a narrow concentration, it
igs a wide assortment of quality
e tional and entertaining pro-
h1ing, whether through new
cials or returning signature series
the classic "Masterpiece
atre," which features actor Albert
his season's documentary fea-
Frontline": The season debut is
hn Paul II: The Millennial Pope,"
hour biography of Karol Wojtyla,
elected to the papacy in 1978,
including the shaping influences of
his Polish youth, his relationship
with Jews, his role in the fall of com-
munism, his attitudes about modern
culture. Sept. 28.
"American Photography: A
Century of Images": The three-hour
series focuses on the photographic
image as recorder of public events,
family historian, vehicle of artistic
expression and tool for influencing
opinion. Oct. 13.
"Wonders of the African World
With Henry Louis Gates Jr.": The
Harvard University professor chal-
lenges the Western view of a primi-
tive "dark continent." In six parts,
Gates relates the story of proud lands
and great civilizations before the
arrival of white colonialists. Oct. 25-
"Hitchcock, Selznick & the End of
Hollywood": An "American
Masters" special. Nov. 1.
"Not for Ourselves Alone: The
Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton &
Susan B. Anthony": Ken Burns and
co-producer Paul Barnes bring the
story of this alliance that gave birth
to the women's rights movement in
the 19th Century and led to the right
of women to vote in 1920 . Actress
Julie Harris and singer Ronnie
Gilbert of the Weavers are voices of
Anthony and Stanton. Nov. 7-8.
"New York: A Documentary
Film": A sweeping 10-hour portrait
of the city from "The American
Experience" series, spanning four
centuries; another two hours comes
in the spring. Directed by Ric Burns
and produced by Burns and Lisa
Ades, it shows how the interplay of
commerce and diversity shaped this
world city's character. David Ogden
Stiers narrates. Nov. 14-18.
Specials examine natural and sci-
entific phenomena include:
"Nova": The science series opens
the season with "Fall of the Leaning
Tower (of Pisa)." Oct. 5.
"Nature": The series begins with a
two-part special on "Antarctica: The
End of the Earth." Oct. 24, 31.
"Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life
on Earth": A four-part Tuesday night
series on "dazzlingly beautiful
microbes" that support Earth's natur-
al environment. Nov 9-30.
"Life Beyond Earth": A two-hour
special, on humanity's search for
extraterrestrial life. Nov. 10.
Artistic and dramatic presenta-
"Great Performances": The season
opens with "Long Day's Journey Into
Night," filmmaker David
Wellington's adaptation of the
Eugene O'Neill autobiographical
classic. Sept. 19.
"Carnegie Hall Opening Night,"
with the Vienna Philharmonic, con-
ducted by Lorin Maazel, Oct. 6.
"Crazy for You," the 1992
Broadway musical, Oct. 20.
"My Favorite Broadway: The
Leading Ladies," hosted by Julie
Andrews, Dec. 1.
"Andrea Bocelli: Sacred Songs,"
American Ballet Theatre's produc-
tion of "Le Corsaire," Dec. 20.
"Live From Lincoln Center": The
annual New York Philharmonic
Courtesy of PBS
A simulation of infant earth, as explored on the PBS documentary "Life Beyond Earth."
Opening Night Gala features cellist
Mstislav Rostropovich. Kurt Mazur
conducts, Beverly Sills hosts. Sept. 23.
"Perlman at the Penthouse," brings
violinist Itzhak Perlman performing
with special guest artists. Dec. 15.
"Fooling With Words With Bill
Moyers": The veteran journalist
attends the nation's largest poetry
festival in Waterloo, N.J., drawing
12,000 people. The two-hour pro-
gram shows the diversity and vitality
of contemporary poetry. Sept. 26.
"The Kennedy Center Presents
'The Americanos Concert"': Gloria
Estefan joins leading Latin musical
artists in a 90-minute gala present-
ing Latino music from salsa to
samba. Marc Anthony, Sheila E. and
Jose Feliciano are also featured.
"Mystery!": The series features
"Second Sight," a psychological
thriller and original teleplay from
Paula Milne ("The Politician's
Wife") Sept. 30, Oct. 7.
"Mobil Masterpiece Theatre": The
season opens with "A Rather English
Marriage," starring Albert Finney
and Tom Courtenay as two widowers
in a tale of class, friendship and old
age. Oct. 3.
"Aristocrats" follows with three
90-minute programs based on Stella
Tilyard's bestseller about the Lennox
sisters, four highborn women in 18th
century Britain. Oct. 10-24.
"Shooting the Past" involving an
old London mansion and a new
American millionaire. Nov. 21, 28.
"The Metropolitan Opera Presents
'Le Nozze di Figaro"': This features
Bryn Terfel as Figaro, Cecilia Bartoli
as Susanna; James Levine conducts.
"Millennium Day Broadcast": PBS
and 45 international broadcast part-
ners cover the global millennial bash.
Dec. 31, 1999-Jan. 1, 2000.
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