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“Outback,” “No Passport Required” lead PBS summer slate

U.S. pubcaster PBS is taking viewers to vibrant destinations across the country and abroad with its summer programming slate. The programs include visiting the immigrant communities in American cities with Chef ...
April 18, 2018

U.S. pubcaster PBS is taking viewers to vibrant destinations across the country and abroad with its summer programming slate.

The programs include visiting the immigrant communities in American cities with Chef Marcus Samuelsson in No Passport Required (pictured), to climbing to the tops of mountains in Kingdoms in the Sky. Viewers will journey to the remote Australian wilderness in The Outback.

Furthermore, audiences will explore streets, monuments and modern marvels in 10 That Changed America and travel to Mexico’s tropical rain forests in Wonders of Mexico.

In honor of the centennial of Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams, PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’ will feature a new biography of the Boston Red Sox player. In partnership with Major League Baseball, Ted Williams: ‘The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived’ reveals Williams’ complicated relationships and looks at his impact on the current crop of MLB players.

Returning series include the fifth season of Endeavour on ‘Masterpiece’; and Man in an Orange Shirt, a ‘Masterpiece’ drama starring Vanessa Redgrave. The Tunnel, meanwhile, returns for its final season; The Great British Baking Show debuts with original judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in a season never before seen in the U.S.; and BBC copro Civilizations returns with four additional episodes that explore the power of art from past to present.

Below are new series with descriptions courtesy of PBS:

No Passport Required
(Tuesdays, July 10-August 14, 9-10 p.m. ET)

Join internationally renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson as he celebrates America’s cultural and culinary diversity. In this new six-part series in partnership with Eater, Samuelsson invites viewers along as he visits under-explored parts of American cities to showcase the people, places and unique flavors of immigrant communities.

Kingdoms of the Sky
(Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25, 9-10 p.m. ET)

In a landmark three-part series made in conjunction with the BBC, these programs reveal the extraordinary wildlife and remarkable people who live and thrive among the peaks of three of the most iconic mountain ranges of the world: the Rockies, Andes and the Himalayas.

10 That Changed America
(Tuesdays, July 10, 17 and 24, 8-9 p.m. ET)

Host Geoffrey Baer takes viewers across the country to the legendary streets, monuments and modern marvels that changed America.

Ted Williams: ‘The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived’
(Monday, July 23, 9-10pm ET)

Discover the many sides of Baseball Hall of Famer and Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams, including his complex relationships with his family, press and fans and his feelings about his Mexican-American background. Features Bob Costas, Wade Boggs, Roger Angell and Joey Votto. Narrated by Jon Hamm.

The Outback
(Wednesdays, August 1, 8 and 15, 8-9 p.m. ET)

Over the course of a year, journey with the people and animals of Australia’s Kimberley region in North West Australia: a vast, rugged and remote wilderness, bursting with character.

Wonders of Mexico
(Wednesdays, August 1, 8 and 15, 9-10 p.m. ET)

Travel south along Mexico’s mountain spine, explore the tropical forests of the Maya and journey across the deserts of Northern Mexico to discover its amazing wildlife and culture.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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