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New Ken Burns Doc Will Cover the Roosevelts

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Daniel J. White—AP This June 12, 1919 photo provided by PBS shows Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt with their children in Washington. PBS announced Thursday, May 8, 2014, its fall season will open with the seven-part Ken Burns' documentary, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History."

PBS will air a 14-hour piece by the acclaimed documentarian about the famous family that produced two American presidents and one quotable first lady, to run in seven two-hour parts beginning Sept. 14

Fans of Ken Burns can rejoice this fall when the acclaimed documentarian returns to the Public Broadcasting Service with a 14-hour study on one of America’s dynasties.

“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” will cover the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor, airing in seven two-hour sittings starting Sept. 14. Each installment will become available online after it airs.

“The viewer experience is changing and we’re trying to dish this up as an epic binge,” Beth Hoppe, PBS’s chief programming executive, said in the Associated Press.

And lest you think that Ken Burns got all the talent (and the public television love) in the family, the broadcasters will air a piece by Ken’s brother, Ric, called “The Pilgrims,” scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend.


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