PBS is releasing a new batch of documentaries to usher in the 30th anniversary of one of its most acclaimed series, “American Masters.” The five films, which will air over a four-month period beginning January 2016, will highlight some of the very artistic careers and modern personalities which helped usher in a sea change of American culture and identity.
Jan. 29 at 9p: American Masters: Mike Nichols
America’s late director Mike Nichols (“The Graduate,” “Angels in America”) discusses his life and 50-year career, from the comedy duo Nichols & May to his final film “Charlie Wilson’s War.” The documentary directed by Nichols’ old partner-in-crime, screenwriter-director Elaine May, and produced by Julian Schlossberg, includes new interviews with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.
Feb. 19 at 9p: American Masters — Carole King: You’ve Got a Friend
Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg (“Deliver Us From Evil,” “West of Memphis”) presents a portrait of a complex, driven, and troubled artist through intimate letters and rare footage in the first in-depth celebration of the iconic rock singer. Chan Marshall (also known as Cat Power) narrates.
March 4 at 9p: American Masters — Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl
The story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup —Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson— is told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio.
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