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PBS to Air Ken Burns’ Country Music Doc, New ‘Earth’ Series, ‘Halifax’ Season 2

TCA 2014: Network also announces programming tied to 70th anniversary of D-Day

PBS plans to air a country music documentary from Ken Burns, a five-part documentary called “Earth: A New Wild,” and a second season of “Last Tango in Halifax,” the network announced Monday.

The network also announced programs to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, including its 25th live broadcast of the “National Memorial Day Concert,” co-hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.

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“Country Music” will air in 2018, PBS said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. The film will be directed and produced by Burns and written and produced by his longtime creative partner, Dayton Duncan.

“Earth — A New Wild” is scheduled to air in 2015. Produced by National Geographic Television in association with Passion Planet, the series is hosted by conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan. He will takes viewers on a journey that includes 45 shoots in 29 countries. It will include encounters between wild animals like pandas, humpback whales, reindeer and lions and the humans who live and work with them.

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PBS’s Memorial Day programming will also include “Coming Back With Wes Moore,” about the difficult questions facing returning vets. It will air May 13-27. And “Nova” will air “D-Day’s Sunken Secrets,” which follows military historians, archaeologists and specialists surveying underwater wreck sites near D-Day beachheads. It will air May 28. The “National Memorial Day Concert” will air May 25.

The critically acclaimed British comedy “Last Tango in Halifax,” meanwhile, will debut June 29.

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