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PBS slates “Facebook Dilemma” doc, “An Artist’s Flight” for fall

U.S. pubcaster PBS will premiere a documentary detailing “the truth and consequences of Facebook’s rise as a global power” as part of its fall slate. The Facebook Dilemma, a two-hour ‘Frontline’ ...
July 17, 2018

U.S. pubcaster PBS will premiere a documentary detailing “the truth and consequences of Facebook’s rise as a global power” as part of its fall slate.

The Facebook Dilemma, a two-hour ‘Frontline’ special, stems from a year-long investigation into the various controversies that have plagued the social network over recent months. No air date has been announced for the special.

Another long-running PBS strand, ‘Nature’, will present Super Cats, a three-part miniseries that will use the latest camera technology to capture the secret lives of big cats from around the world. The series debuts on October 24.

‘American Masters presents An Artist’s Flight’ will be comprised of four films profiling iconic American artists. Included in the series: Eva Hesse, profiling the German-American sculptor and the art scene of the 1960s (August 31); Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray, which charts the evolution of the abstract painter and is voiced by Meryl Streep (September 7); Wyeth, exploring the inner life of the renowned realist painter (September 7) and Basquiat: Rage to Riches (pictured), chronicling the life of 1980s art iconoclast and Warhol protégé Jean-Michel Basquiat (September 14).

Meanwhile, the fall season of ‘America Experience’ will feature a two-part look at one of the world’s favorite pastimes with The Circus (October 8-9), as well as The Eugenics Crusade (October 16), which looks at the controversial scientific movement’s history in the United States.

Science strand ‘Nova’ will feature a two-part exploration of volcanos. Volcano: Fiery Lake (w/t) and Volcano: Hidden Peril (w/t) will follow a team of international explorers as they investigate the volcanic Virunga Mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Both specials air on October 10. Apollo 8, meanwhile, airs on December 26 and offers exclusive interviews with the astronauts, scientists and engineers who brought the U.S. space program back from disappointing and deadly failures as the first manned spaceflight to leave Earth’s orbit, land on the moon, and return its astronauts safely home.

Other specials making their debut this fall include The Amazing Human Body (September 19); The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope and Science (September 25) and Lidia Celebrates America: A Heartland Holiday Feast (December 18).

Returning series include We’ll Meet Again, which will debut its second season on October 30; The Great American Read, which returns on September 11; and the expanded Amanpour and Company, featuring journalist Christiane Amanpour, which kicks off with a launch special on September 10.

The previously announced series Native America will make its debut on October 23 (http://realscreen.com/2018/05/17/pbs-providence-pictures-spotlight-the-tapestry-of-native-america/), while the new season of ‘Independent Lens’ will debut on October 29 with the doc, Young Men and Fire.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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