'Lens' series, 'World,' 'Churchill,' 'Wright' also join lineup

PBS has greenlit 13 episodes of Latino drama “American Family.”

Announcement, along with other slate highlights were made Saturday in Hollywood as part of the television critics press tour.

Created and exec produced by Gregory Nava, “American Family” bowed in January 2002. Multi-generational epic follows the Gonzalez from 1917 to the present day. Series stars Edward James Olmos and Constance Marie. Sonia Braga and Esai Morales guest star in the coming season.

Segments of “American Family” will be repeated during Hispanic Heritage Month in September. New season will begin April 4.

Pubcaster’s fall sked includes:

  • Docu series “Independent Lens” hosted by Don Cheadle. New season features 29 stories ranging from Mormon missionaries to the monks of Shaolin in America.

  • Ric Burns’ “The Center of the World,” focusing on the World Trade Center. Segment is eighth in Burns’ series “New York: A Documentary Film, American Experience.”

  • Three-hour bio special “Churchill,” narrated by Ian McKellen.

  • On the 100th anni of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, Nova will present doc “Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine.”

  • On kids front, pubcaster will launch “PBS Kids Share a Story” literacy campaign Sept. 15.

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