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PBS announces Winter/Spring 2012 lineup

Posted on 17 Jan 2012

We have some great new programming coming up in the next couple of months. We'll keep you updated as we learn more, but here's just a quick synopsis of what you can expect in the coming months.

"American Experience: Clinton" - Monday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.
Premiering President's Day, this biography presents a president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.

 "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr." - Sunday, March 25, at 8 p.m. (tentatively)
This 10-part series delves into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans, combining history and science in a fascinating exploration of race, family and identity in today's America. Professor Gates shakes loose captivating stories and surprises in the family trees of Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey, Jr., Branford Marsalis, John Legend, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren, among others.

"Great Performances: Tony Bennett: Duets II" - Friday, Jan. 27, at 9 p.m.
Yet another career triumph, "Duets 2" teams Bennett with a diverse roster of contemporary stars, including Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble, performing more classics from the Great American Songbook, including "Body and Soul," "The Lady is a Tramp," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Speak Low," and "Stranger in Paradise."

"Masterpiece Mystery!: Sherlock Season 2" - Sunday, May 6, at 9 p.m.
This modern version, set in 21st-century London, stars Benedict Cumberbatch ("War Horse") as the go-to consulting detective and Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit") as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson.  

 "American Masters: Johnny Carson" - Monday, May 14, at 9 p.m.
This two-hour special offers an in-depth portrait of the undisputed king of late-night television. Original interviews with friends, colleagues, his wives and the many performers who appeared, or began, on "The Tonight Show" offer additional context: Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Doc Severinsen. 


Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.


Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.


Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.


Save the Date for AETN Family Day
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.