Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Headlines PBS’s Fall Lineup


PBS has unveiled its fall 2017 schedule, with The Vietnam War, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, anchoring the slate.

The ten-part series from the legendary directors will run September 17 to 28. Additionally, the U.S. public broadcaster’s fall schedule will feature a new season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. starting October 3. The new installment will explore the family trees of celebrities such as Aziz Ansari, Scarlett Johansson, Larry David, Garrison Keillor, Amy Schumer, Ted Danson, William H. Macy, Christopher Walken, Ava DuVernay and more. On Friday nights, Great Performances will showcase Broadway’s most acclaimed recent musical productions, including “She Loves Me,” “Holiday Inn,” a tribute to Harold Prince and more.

Additionally, Frontline will feature a two-part documentary about Vladimir Putin on October 25 and November 1. There is also Third Rail with Ozy, a new prime-time cross-platform debate series hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Carlos Watson. In January 2018, PBS will broadcast the musical special Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, honoring the iconic singer.