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Former PBS outlet KCET-TV trumpets new spring shows

February 8, 2012 |  9:00 am

KCET-TV Channel 28 is freshening up for spring.

The former PBS outlet announced Wednesday a new slate of spring programs, including new episodes of the talk show "L.A. Tonight With Roy Firestone," a documentary series about caregivers hosted by actress Holly Robinson Peete and a BBC crime drama import, "George Gently." 

In his new batch of programs, running the week of March 12, former ESPN host Firestone will interview VIPs including former tennis star Andre Agassi, trumpet player Chris Botti and songwriter Burt Bacharach.

KCET and Firestone are aiming to turn "L.A. Tonight" into a nightly program. "That's what we're absolutely shooting for," Firestone said in a phone interview.

In "Your Turn to Care," starting March 7, Peete will explore the issues confronted by adult children caring for elderly parents. The issue has special resonance for Peete, as she helped care for her father after he was stricken with Parkinson's disease.

Starting March 11, KCET will import "George Gently," a popular BBC series about a private detective in 1960s Britain. Martin Shaw stars as the title character.

Finally, on March 10 the station will launch "Classic Cool Theater," the first fruit of its programming partnership with Eyetronics Media & Studios, reportedly worth upwards of $50 million. The two-hour weekly program will feature classic films, cartoons and newsreels.

KCET left the PBS network at the start of 2011 after months of disputes over dues and other issues.


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Photo: Trumpeter Chris Botti is a guest on Roy Firestone's talk show on KCET-TV. Credit: KCET