Ken Burns

PBS director returns with WWII series

Burns hit it big 17 years ago with his epic “The Civil War,” still considered by many one of the best TV documentary series of all time. His latest foray at PBS is “The War,” an attempt to document WWII as extensively as possible before the vets who fought it pass away.

Along the way, Burns stumbled into controversy by rather awkwardly attempting to address critics upset that contributions by Latinos in the war were overlooked. The filmmaker has since said he would add more footage.

Controversy aside, PBS prexy-CEO Paula Kerger calls “The War” an “exceptional effort.

“I think it is Ken’s best work,” she says. “This opportunity to document all this work has been one of the greatest experiences of my professional life. I think that the legacy it will leave behind is what public television is uniquely positioned to do.”

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