“The Dust Bowl,’ a two-part, four-hour documentary by Burns (“The Civil War,” “Baseball”) on Nov. 18 and 19, chronicles the environmental disaster that devastated the farmlands of the Great Plains and unleashed deadly dust storms in 1930s America. The PBS will also celebrate the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth with a repeat of Burns’ “American Masters” profile on the artist Nov. 16.
The network’s season will launch Sept. 30 with the premiere of “Call The Midwife,” which depicts midwifery in 1950s London. The series, already a hit in Britain, is based on a bestselling trilogy by the late Jennifer Worths. The six-part series will air on consecutive Sundays.
Also coming is “Broadway or Bust,” a three-part documentary premiering Sept. 9 that tracks the real-life stories of America’s top high school musical performers competing in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. The second season of Masterpiece Classic’s “Upstairs Downstairs” will debut Oct. 7.