PBS Moves ‘Masterpiece’

PBS is revamping its primetime lineup in the fall, moving “Masterpiece Theatre” from Sunday to Monday and shifting “Nova” back an hour on Tuesdays.

PBS also is adding several new series, including the British version of “Antiques Roadshow” and “Life 360,” a 13-part documentary series focusing on various themes of contemporary life co-produced with Oregon Public Broadcasting and ABC News’ “Nightline.”

The revamped lineup bows the week of Oct. 1, following the mid-September run of two eight-hour documentary series, “Africa” and “Evolution.” The latter focuses on the impact of Darwinian evolutionary theory on contemporary society. PBS’ schedule overhaul comes on the heels of its successful test run of the new lineup in several key PBS affiliates, including WHYY Philadelphia, WVIZ Cleveland and KPBS San Diego.

“We hope that this new schedule will bring more people to our terrific fall lineup, increase audience flow from program to program and attract new viewers and members,” PBS president and CEO Pat Mitchell said.