Saturday, November 3, 2012

Today is...the Anniversary of the Debut of PBS

Today in 1969, the Public Broadcasting Service debuted in the US.

The U.S. version of Antiques Roadshow premiered in 1997, a spin off of the British version that had been around since 1979. It has been nominated for an Emmy 9 times and gets approximately 1 million viewers each week.

Charlie Rose, the interview show were Rose interviews "thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, businesspersons, leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers" struck up a partnership with Google to add almost 4000 hours of past interviews to YouTube in their originally aired format.

Downton Abbey was originally conceived as a miniseries and is part of Masterpiece Classic. In September 2011, the show was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most acclaimed tv show of that year, the first British show to win that acclaim.

Nova, produced by WGBH Boston, is broadcast on PBS in the US and in more than 100 other countries. It has won multiple Peabody Awards and Emmy Awards for being "an imaginative series of science adventures. Specific episodes have won, as well as the show as a whole.

Besides his show, Rick Steves' Europe, Rick Steves also has a radio show, has authored numerous travel books, most popularly Europe Through the Back Door, and organizes group tours. His main advice when traveling to Europe is to become a temporary local as compared to a tourist.

When it aired, The Magic School Bus was one of the highest-rated PBS shows for school-age children. Ms. Frizzle was voiced by Lily Tomlin.

Zoom, originally from 1972, was remade in 1999. It was notable for being a show for kids made almost entirely by kids.

Sesame Street has won 143 Emmy Awards, more than any other children's tv show.

What is your favorite PBS show?

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