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To mark the passing of comedian Joan Rivers on September 4, PBS and AMERICAN MASTERS present a late-breaking schedule change. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is a critically-acclaimed independent documentary that debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It is a year-long ride with legendary comedian Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life. Peeling away the mask of an iconic comedian and exposing the struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer. The film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait of one the most hilarious and long-standing career women ever in the comedy business.
Rated TV MA. Viewer discretion advised. JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK - AMERICAN MASTERS MASTERS airs Tuesday, September 23rd at 9:30pm on WTVP-HD 47.1. [Watch Preview]
Neil Barsky’s film Koch looks at one of New York City’s most memorable mayors, Ed Koch. Blunt, funny and combative, Koch was elected mayor during New York’s 1970s fiscal crisis. He was a Reagan era new Democrat, fiscally conservative and socially liberal, that New Yorkers either loved or hated. POV: Koch premieres Monday, September 22nd at 9:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1. [Watch Trailer]
Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he treks through layers of history to uncover the ancestral lineage of his celebrity guests. With genealogists, historians, and a team of researchers, Gates looks at each guest’s family tree and racial heritage. This sometimes leads to surprising results and life-altering discoveries. In episode one, “Search of Our Fathers”, Gates’ guests are Stephen King, Courtney B. Vance and Gloria Reuben. Finding Your Roots, Season 2 - Episode 1 premieres Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1. [Watch Preview]
Take a comprehensive look at baby boom generation and the events that shaped their lives. With interviews with 19 iconic baby boomers, the film covers every subject under the sun. American Masters: The Boomer List premieres Tuesday, September 23rd at 8:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1. [Watch Preview]
Did you miss part of Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History? Well never fear! You can still catch the encore of the series on WTVP-WORLD 47.2. At the start of each week, WTVP-WORLD 47.2 will air a new episode on Mondays at 6:00pm (encoring at 11:00pm, Tues. at 7:00am and 1:00pm).
You can also watch all the episodes online until September 29th at video.pbs.org/program/roosevelts/.