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OPB to Produce Two More Seasons of HISTORY DETECTIVES for PBS

OPB | Sept. 21, 2009 3 a.m. | Updated: Dec. 5, 2013 11:13 a.m.

Portland, OR – Oregon Public Broadcasting is pleased to announce that PBS has agreed to renew the acclaimed series, HISTORY DETECTIVES, for two more seasons. Since its first broadcast in 2003, the series has been a hit with the PBS summer audience and with PBS stations across the country. Season eight of HISTORY DETECTIVES will broadcast in summer of 2010; season nine will air in summer of 2011. Oregon Public Broadcasting produces HISTORY DETECTIVES in partnership with Lion Television of New York.

“HISTORY DETECTIVES is a favorite of viewers and critics. We are proud to bring it back for an eighth and ninth season on PBS,” said John F. Wilson, PBS chief TV programming executive.

Mysterious artifacts, structures and documents, often submitted by viewers, dispatch the series team of detectives across the country to hunt down the facts behind family folklore. They sleuth out the connections between puzzling objects and defining moments in history. The HISTORY DETECTIVES apply their expertise and knowledge, combined with the latest forensic technology and plain old determined research to unearth the untold stories of America’s past.

“We are extremely pleased that PBS has extended the series for another two years,” said Executive Producer Dave Davis of OPB. “And we have no doubt viewers will continue to love it, as the stories get better each year.”

Tony Tackaberry, CEO of Lion Television said, “HISTORY DETECTIVES is a wonderful collaboration between PBS, OPB, Lion Television and the American public who year after year submit their mysteries. We very much look forward to continuing the partnership.”

“It’s gratifying to have the continued opportunity to explore stories that put the public at the center of US History,” added Executive Producer Chris Bryson.

Five intrepid fact-finders host the HISTORY DETECTIVES: Wes Cowan, independent appraiser and auctioneer; Elyse Luray, independent appraiser and expert in art history; historian Gwendolyn Wright, professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and professor of History at Columbia University; Eduardo Pagán, professor of History and American studies at Arizona State University; and Tukufu Zuberi, professor of Sociology and the director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

HISTORY DETECTIVES is a co-production of Oregon Public Broadcasting and Lion Television. Executive producers are David Davis, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Nick Catliff, Tony Tackaberry, and Chris Bryson, Lion Television.

The HISTORY DETECTIVES Web site (pbs.org/historydetectives) includes investigations from the previous seasons that can be searched by historical era, region, season or detective. Visitors can study the techniques used by professional investigators; learn how to conduct their own historical investigation; or get to know the HISTORY DETECTIVES team of experts. The site also provides a number of interactive features and learning activities. Classroom resources include lesson plans and other tools to reinforce concepts from the programs and develop student interest in the study of history, science and other core subjects.

PBS is a media enterprise that serves 354 public noncommercial television stations and reaches almost 90 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a leading provider of educational materials for K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of other educational services. PBS’ premier kids’ TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (www.pbskids.org), continue to be parents’ and teachers’ most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.

About OPB
OPB is the largest cultural and education institution in the region, delivering excellence in public broadcasting to 1.5 million people each week through television, radio and the Internet. Widely recognized as a national leader in the public broadcasting arena, OPB is a major contributor to the program schedule that serves the entire country. OPB is one of the most-used and most-supported public broadcasting services in the country and is generously supported by 120,000 contributors.

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