Scarlett Johansson, Vladimir Putin, more featured in upcoming PBS docs this season – New York News

PBS is mixing it up next season with programs about Vietnam, Scarlett Johansson and Vladimir Putin.


The public TV service said its fall lineup will be anchored by filmmaker Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part documentary debuting Sept. 17.

The genealogy series “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” is returning Oct. 3. Besides Johansson, celebrities who will learn about their ancestors include Aziz Ansari, Bryant Gumbel and Garrison Keillor.

Russian President Putin will get a different kind of scrutiny on “Frontline.” A two-part documentary on his rise and his rule will air Oct. 25 and Nov. 1.

In January, PBS will air a music special honoring the legendary Tony Bennett. The tribute, “Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize,” is to be taped this fall.

The season kicks off with “an array of terrific programming in all the genres that made PBS great in the first place,” said PBS programming executive Beth Hoppe in a statement.

Among other programs and dates announced Wednesday for the upcoming schedule:

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