On Tuesday, January 21st at 9pm, PBS’s “American Masters” documentary series will air the never-before-seen director’s cut of Shane Salerno’s divisive film “Salinger,” about the life and influence of reclusive “Catcher in the Rye” author J.D. Salinger, who passed away three years ago. The premiere will be both the series’ 200th episode and the premiere of its 28th season. It’ll be the first without creator and executive producer Susan Lacy, who left PBS for HBO in September, on board, though Lacy engineered the “Salinger” deal with WNET VP of Programming Stephen Segaller and is the executive producer of most of the films in the upcoming season.
The director’s cut will include 15 minutes of new material. PBS has shared an outtake from the film featuring interviewee David Shields, who co-authored an accompanying book on Salinger with Salerno, on the impact of World War II on J.D. Salinger’s writing, including “For Esmé With Love and Squalor” (1950) and “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” (1948). Check it out below: