KCET changes its fall lineup

Los Angeles Times - - Calendar - — Scott Collins

“Mas­ter­piece” is mov­ing to make way for movies.

KCET-TV Chan­nel 28, which has been mulling a plan to leave the PBS net­work and go in­de­pen­dent, is re­jig­ger­ing its fall pro­gram­ming.

Start­ing Sun­day, the pub­lic TV sta­tion will un­furl “KCET Presents,” a movie se­ries hosted by KTLA-TV Chan­nel 5 en­ter­tain­ment re­porter Sam Ru­bin. The first film in the se­ries will be “An­nie Hall”; oth­ers to fol­low in­clude “Ninotchka,” “Easter Pa­rade,” “Bat­man” and “Rain Man.”

As a re­sult, “Mas­ter­piece” — the drama an­thol­ogy se­ries that has been a sta­ple of PBS Sun­day line­ups for nearly 40 years — will move to Thurs­days, start­ing Oct. 7 with “Wal­lan­der II” (star­ring Ken­neth Branagh). It will be paired as of Oct. 21 with “Doc Martin,” a Bri­tish se­ries about a coun­try doc­tor.

“With ‘KCET Presents’ we found an op­por­tu­nity to bring back a long-stand­ing tele­vi­sion tra­di­tion of of­fer­ing great movies on Sun­day nights,” said Bo­hdan Zachary, KCET’s vice pres­i­dent of broad­cast and syn­di­ca­tion. “We are mov­ing ‘Mas­ter­piece’ to Thurs­days be­cause KCET had a long, suc­cess­ful his­tory there with ‘Mys­tery!,’ now part of the ‘Mas­ter­piece’ fran­chise, and [we] feel that it will work well with ‘ Doc Martin’ as a scripted drama pro­gram­ming block.”

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