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patina miller mercy 2BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- For the second season of PBS's "Mercy Street," debuting in January, 2006 Carnegie Mellon University grad Patina Miller ("Madam Secretary") joins the cast as Charlotte Jenkins, described as "a strong, smart, capable and feisty former runaway slave and abolitionist who finds her way to Mansion House as a relief worker to lend support to the growing crisis faced by members of the contraband (or free black community) in Alexandria. A little-known part of Civil War history, the contraband community existed in a sort of refugee netherworld between free and enslaved, with nowhere to go, few opportunities for advancement, and no one looking out for their welfare. Many would end up dying before ever learning what true freedom meant."

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- PBS's "Masterpiece" brings back "Poldark" for a second season Sept. 25 and a third season has been ordered.

poldark 2Sporting a full beard and manbun hairstyle, star Aidan Turner, who plays Ross Poldark, said the love triangle continues with the title character yearning for both his ex-, Elizabeth (Heida Reed), and the urchinish Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson).

"He is emotionally quite inarticulate," Turner said at a PBS press conference during the Television Critics Association summer 2016 press tour. "I don't think he quite understands it himself. With Elizabeth, there is unfinished business. To come home and not be able to have her, not be able to tell her how he feels or to marry her is probably pretty difficult and he can't quite get over that. With Demelza he's absolutely in love with her. I guess the question is, is it possible to be absolutely in love with more than one person?"

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PRESS TOUR: Ken Burns brings 'Defying the Nazis' to PBS

Thursday, 28 July 2016 02:55 PM Written by

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calilf. -- For his latest PBS film, Ken Burns teams with co-director Artemis Joukowsky, grandson of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, central figures in "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War" (Sept. 20).

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Esquire renews 'Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country'

Thursday, 28 July 2016 01:07 PM Written by

Esquire Network renewed docu-series "Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country," filmed in Beaver County, for an eight-episode second season.

 

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Matt and Ross Duffer, creators of Netflix's word-of-mouth phenomenon "Stranger Things," said they've already started thinking about a second season, given that season one ends with several unanswered questions.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The 10-episode Netflix drama "The Crown," debuting on the streaming service Nov. 4, follows the early life of Queen Eizabeth II (Claire Foy, "Wolf Hall") and her husband, Phillip (Matt Smith, "Doctor Who"), in the nascent days of Elizabeth's reign in the early 1950s.

"Our story starts with her assuming, quite reasonably, that she has a long time before her father will die," said "Crown" writer Peter Morgan ("The Queen"). "King George VI died at 56. The Windsors have a tradition of living a long time. She could have expected 20, 30 years as a young woman married to a young naval officer for Phillip to have the the career and for them to live somewhat out of the public eye in Malta. That story of the crown landing on her head way sooner than she expected is the central narrative of the first season and the terrible impact being queen had at such a young age and had on her relationships with her sister, her husband, her mother. We don't imagine it's a fairytale -- it's anything but."

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'Mad TV' is back, this time on The CW with a new cast

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 08:14 AM Written by

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A reunion special featuring many of the original cast members from Fox’s “Mad TV” (1995-2009) aired on The CW in January and now it’s followed by a new, weekly “Mad TV” series with a new cast (9 tonight,. WPCW).

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