09:47 PM EDT 12/16/2014
Originally posted 12/02/2014 03:55PM
[BRIGHTCOVE "3919830808001" "" "" "auto"] Most fans of Bing Crosby remember his family from the iconic Christmas specials in which his wife Kathryn and their three grown children sang carols and palled around with celebrities like Robert Goulet and Bernadette Peters.
But a new documentary called Bing Crosby Rediscovered – airing Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on PBS as part of the American Masters series – sheds fresh light on Crosby's first family with Dixie Lee, a shy actress who drank herself to oblivion before succumbing to ovarian cancer in 1952 at the age of 41.
She and Crosby had four sons, two of whom were twins named Dennis and Phillip, who experts believe suffered from their mother's heavy drinking.
Originally posted 11/06/2014 03:15PM
The Crawleys aren't ready to pack it up just yet!
Masterpiece on PBS announced that Downton Abbey will return for a sixth season. The fifth season will premiere in the U.S. on Jan. 4, 2015.
"At its heart, television is about storytelling, and Downton Abbey is certainly storytelling at its finest," said Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO.
"Downton Abbey and the Crawley family have kept us on the edge of our seats as they navigate through some of the biggest moments of the 20th century," she continued. "Along with our member stations, PBS can't wait to share the next season of Downton drama with our audiences."
Originally posted 09/23/2014 04:00PM
The funny lady takes on the Funny Girl.
In an exclusive video from the new documentary American Masters: The Boomer List, airing Tuesday on PBS (9 p.m. ET), Rosie O'Donnell hilariously channels Barbra Streisand.
"The record my mother loved the most was A Happening in Central Park," says O'Donnell, launching into "Marty the Martian" and "Second Hand Rose" a la Streisand. "She loved I could sort of do the accent."
Originally posted 09/01/2012 10:00AM
Fred Rogers peacefully presided over PBS's Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for 33 years, until his retirement in 2000 – the beloved Fred Rogers died in 2003, at 74 – and now, finally, someone is getting ready to take his place in the neighborhhod.
Meet Daniel Striped Tiger, a brightly animated character described by The New York Times as "the fictional young offspring of Rogers’s original puppet characters."
Cuddly, wide-eyed Daniel, who is seen in some depictions sporting a trademark Rogers cardigan (Mr. Rogers's favorite color, too: red), will start presiding over the old neighborhood as of this Monday. He will be joined, The Times reports, by O the Owl (whose uncle was the original X the Owl), and Katerina Kittycat, the progeny of Henrietta Pussycat and a usually absent father.
Originally posted 07/20/2012 02:35PM
On Wednesday night Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct at an adult movie theater in L.A. The next day, the comedic actor was fired from the PBS show Market Warriors.
Willard, 72, has not been convicted of a crime and his lawyer denies the actor did anything illegal.
"With all due respect to the individual officer," attorney Paul Takakjian tells TMZ, "our belief is that Fred did nothing in any violation of any law. We will be working vigorously to clear his name in this matter."
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