PBS nominated for 58 Primetime Emmy Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I'm extremely proud to share the news that PBS was nominated for 58 Primetime Emmy Awards yesterday, the most in our organization's history. MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" led the way with sixteen nominations, followed by MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia" with thirteen. This comes on the heels of our 37 News and Documentary Emmy Nominations, including a record sixteen nominations for POV.

We've also been nominated for five Television Critics Association Awards, which gives us good momentum heading into our PBS' portion of the Television Critics Association's Summer 2012 Press Tour. Over the weekend we will present two days of extraordinary press conferences and performances. Throughout our presentations we will emphasize how we are growing our impact by distinguishing public television as the destination for Americans looking for the best kids, history, science, public affairs and cultural programming.

Tomorrow we will announce four new history shows. In October we'll take a look back at a crucial moment in our nation's history by exploring the Cuban Missile Crisis with CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS: THREE MEN GO TO WAR and SECRETS OF THE DEAD "The Man Who Saved the World." We're also announcing CONSTITUTION USA, with Peter Sagal, which will be coming to our airwaves in spring 2013, and Ken Burns' fresh look at Franklin, Eleanor and Teddy Roosevelt, which will air in 2014.

On Sunday we will announce the premier date and schedule details for Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Our new project with the Fred Rogers Company will bring Fred's philosophy to life for a whole new generation of parents and children, and helps round out our KIDS schedule so that we address the entire range of early learning skills.

All the best,