Tavis Smiley is suing PBS for firing him over sexual misconduct allegations

In December, after PBS suspended Tavis Smiley for allegedly engaging in sexual activity with multiple employees, the longtime talk show host released a statement saying that the network had made a “huge mistake.” He said that had never “groped, coerced, or exposed [himself]” to any of his colleagues, and that anything…

Fred Armisen is the grandson of a dancer-turned-spy, and it’s blowing his mind in a Finding Your Roots exclusive

Last January, Fred Armisen appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, during which he told his former Saturday Night Live castmate about traveling to Japan to learn more about his paternal grandfather, the dancer and choreographer Masami Kuni. The Portlandia star mentioned that he was inspired to learn more about…

Matthew McConaughey deconstructs his signature phrase in this exclusive clip

PBS’s award-winning American Masters series is famous for delving into the creative processes of a wide and varied list of esteemed artists, and the upcoming season features everyone from Edgar Allen Poe to Bob Hope to film director Richard Linklater. The Linklater segment, entitled “Dream Is Destiny,” will feature…

Twitch is running an 18-day Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood marathon

Having already burned through every episode of Bob Ross’ The Joy Of Painting and Julia Childs’ The French Chef, Twitch has announced its next massive marathon of a public broadcasting classic. Starting on May 15 at midnight PT, Amazon’s livestreaming site will be broadcasting the entire 886-episode run of Mister…

PBS to remind viewers how good they have it with Victorian Slum House reality show

Though it’s probably not a thing that happens in real-life too often, there’s an old sitcom trope where someone decides that their family is taking their cushy lives for granted and takes them to “the bad part of town” or some similarly scary situation, with American Dad and The Office putting their own little spins…

PBS’ Soundbreaking is an illuminating but scattershot history of recorded music

The problem with making a documentary about recorded music is that, well, there’s a lot of it. It’s a hurdle that the eight-part PBS documentary series Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge Of Recorded Music runs into during its very first episode. From the title cards on down, there’s an implication that …