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Ken Burns' 'The Dust Bowl' highlights PBS fall lineup

May 15, 2012 |  3:55 pm

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PBS has announced a fall lineup that will include a Ken Burns documentary and a British historial drama.

"The Dust Bowl,' a two-part, four-hour documentary by Burns ("The Civil War," "Baseball") on Nov. 18 and 19, chronicles the enviromental disaster that devastated the farmlands of the Great Plains and unleased deadly dust storms in 1930s America. The PBS will also celebrate the centennial of Woody Guthrie's birth with a repeat of Burns' "American Masters" profile on the artist Nov. 16.

The network's season will launch Sept. 30 with the premiere of "Call The Midwife," which depicts midwifery in 1950s London. The series, already a hit in Britian is based on a bestselling trilogy by the late Jennifer Worths. The six-part series will air on consecutive Sundays.

Also coming is "Broadway or Bust," a three-part documentary premiering Sept. 9 that tracks the real-life stories of America's top high school musical performers competing in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. The second season of Masterpiece Classic's "Upstairs Downstairs" will debut Oct. 7.


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 Photo: Ken Burns. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times.