KCET changes its fall lineup
“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.”