PBS To Feature “American Epic” Documentary On Walt Disney And The Unity Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson Concert

Sources: The Wrap – By Tony Maglio |USA Today | All Things Michael

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PBS unveiled its Fall 2015 prime time schedule one minute after midnight ET on Thursday morning, which is top lined by an “American Experience” about animator-extraordinaire Walt Disney (watch the trailer) and new “Masterpiece” drama “Indian Summers,” featuring Julie Walters.

In November, the partly publicly funded channel celebrates America’s diverse musical history in the previously announced “American Epic,” which documents the roots of modern music. Sticking with the musical theme, PBS will also premiere that month “Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson,” a concert special that showcases songs from Tony Succar’s album of the same name.

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“PBS has the very best shows this fall, from historic dramas to true-life mysteries to extraordinary live performances and more,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS chief programming executive and general manager, General Audience Programming. “It’s a season that highlights what we do best as we revisit Ken Burns’ seminal masterpiece film, introduces new epic series like ‘Indian Summers,’ and surprises us with fresh takes on things we thought we knew, like the legacy of Walt Disney or the musicians profiled in ‘American Epic.’”

“When viewers want to be entertained, learn, laugh and cry, all week long, they turn to PBS,” she concluded.

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FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS: Arts anchor prime time Fridays with the fifth PBS Arts Fall Festival, hosted by international superstar and Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan. The festival begins October 9 and showcases such titles as UNITY – THE LATIN TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON, which features 16 songs that inspired musicians from all over Latin America to come together to celebrate and reimagine hits such as “Smooth Criminal,” “I Want You Back” and “Billie Jean,”

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