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New VPM Shows Coming in Fall 2019 and Winter 2020

The Art Scene

  • 13 episode season/30-minute episodes
  • Premieres October 10, 8:30 p.m. on VPM
  • New episodes each Thursday, Oct. 10 - Nov. 21 and March 26 - May 7.

Experience the unique personalities and organizations that comprise Central Virginia’s art scene. In its premiere season, “The Art Scene” offers an inside look at some of the region’s most interesting theatres, galleries, studios, concert halls, and arts education groups. The program is hosted by actor Haliya Roberts with segment hosts Bianca Bryan, Douglas “Roscoe B” Powell, and Noah Scalin. A co-production of VPM and 19RED.

The Art of Statecraft: President George H. W. Bush’s Foreign Policy Team

  • 60-minute documentary
  • National broadcast early 2020

Take a glimpse inside the Oval Office and discover the pillars and strategies of American post-Cold War diplomacy on “The Art of Statecraft: President George H.W. Bush’s Foreign Policy Team.” When Bush 41 assumed the American Presidency in 1989, much of the world was in turmoil, and it was clear that American diplomacy was entering a new era. “The Art of Statecraft” features captivating archival footage and revealing interviews with members of Bush 41’s foreign policy team, including James Baker, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and others. Detailed, first-person accounts of major world events — the Panama invasion, Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the Persian Gulf War — provide a glimpse into one of the most fascinating foreign policy presidencies of the modern era. A co-production of VPM and the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.

The Future of America’s Past

  • 4 episode season/30-minute episodes
  • Premiered August 8, 9:00 p.m. on VPM PBS.
  • *Season 1 is available to PBS stations nationwide through distribution by American Public Television (APT).
  • * Season 2 is in production.

Join Ed Ayers — award-winning historian and co-host of the hit podcast BackStory — as he travels to places that define the most misunderstood parts of America’s past. Visit sites Americans struggle to discuss and learn first-hand how National Park Service interpreters, museum educators, and cutting-edge guides engage a diverse public with the fullness of our nation’s history. 

Season 1 begins with a visit to Fort Monroe, the spot where slavery began in British North America and where it started to unravel during the Civil War. From there, Dr. Ayers explores the history of New York’s deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the making of Texas before the Alamo, and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. A co-production of VPM and Field Studio.

The Inn at Little Washington

  • 60-minute documentary
  • PBS National Broadcast: First Quarter of 2020

Feast your eyes on the ornate and delicious world of Chef Patrick O'Connell and The Inn at Little Washington, an American culinary gem nestled in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Watch as the acclaimed chef and his team celebrate their fortieth year in business while chasing a third Michelin star. A co-production of VPM, Show of Force, and Chef Spike Mendelsohn.

Legacy List

  • 6 episode season/60-minute episodes
  • Premiering January 2020 on VPM PBS.
  • *The series will be distributed by APT in January 2020 with Kew Media Distribution handling international sales.

Discover the hidden assets — the heirlooms and family treasures — inside Americans’ beloved family homes and estates. Hosted by Richmond, Va. native Matt Paxton, (a nine-season veteran of A&E’s hit show “Hoarders”), “Legacy List” helps families discover the truth behind some of their most prized, and sometimes long-lost, possessions. In each episode, Paxton and his team of experts uncover memories and moments, secrets and surprises, histories and hidden treasures long tucked away in America’s basements, attics, and closets. Paxton is joined by military memorabilia expert Avi Hopkins, fashion collectibles authority Jaime Ebanks, and Mike Kelleher, a walking encyclopedia of pop culture trinkets and antiques. A co-production of VPM, Shipyard Entertainment, and MY Entertainment.


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