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WUCF TV to Stream Ken Burns’s THE ROOSEVELTS

Posted by Jennifer Cook on

Ken Burns’s upcoming film, THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, marks the first time the Roosevelts’ individual stories have been woven into a single narrative, following the family’s story for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th president of the United States and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry her fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd president. Together, they redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, and redefined, as well, the role of the United States within the wider world.

The first 2-hour episode will premiere on WUCF TV, Sunday, September 14th at 8:00 p.m. and the entire series can be streamed on http://wucftv.org beginning the day after the broadcast premiere.

THE ROOSEVELTS is written by long-time Burns collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward, who is an authority on Franklin Roosevelt. The author of two biographical volumes, A First-Class Temperament and Before the Trumpet, he is also the editor of Closest Companion, which revealed for the first time Roosevelt’s close friendship with his distant cousin, Daisy Suckley. Ward’s interest in FDR grew in part from the fact that he, like FDR, is a polio survivor.

THE ROOSEVELTS is Ken Burns at his best. This is a family history that is a sweeping drama, rich with stories of personal and political power, sex, love and death,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming. “We have worked together with PBS member stations to accommodate a wide-range of viewing and recording habits, including special opportunities for viewers who like to ‘epic binge.’ Through these efforts, we hope to connect even more viewers with the film and our PBS member stations.”  

The first episode of THE ROOSEVELTS will premiere on Sunday, September 14th from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. and run for seven consecutive nights. In addition, each episode will be repeated from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. each night and will have a weekend, daytime marathon September 20th and 21st. An additional repeat is planned in spring 2015.

Beginning on Monday, September 15th, the entire 14 hours will be available online to stream on http://wucftv.org, pbs.org/theroosevelts, and PBS station branded digital platforms, including, ROKU, Apple TV and Xbox, and will be available for two weeks, through September 29th.

THE ROOSEVELTS will also be available on DVD and Blu-ray September 16, 2014. The DVD and Blu-ray include special features — 13 bonus videos, making of THE ROOSEVELTS and deleted scenes with an introduction by Ken Burns. This film will also be available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox, Target Ticket and Nook.

Funding is provided by Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Mr. Jack C. Taylor; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; National Endowment for the Humanities; Rosalind P. Walter; Public Broadcasting Service and members of The Better Angels Society, including Jessica & John Fullerton; The Pfeil Foundation – David, Mindy, Robert & Daniel Pfeil; Joan Wellhouse Newton; Bonnie & Tom McCloskey; and The Golkin Family.

THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC. Director: Ken Burns. Writer: Geoffrey C. Ward. Producers: Ken Burns, Paul Barnes and Pam Tubridy-Baucom. Editors: Paul Barnes, Tricia Reidy and Erik Ewers. Cinematographers: Buddy Squires and Alan Moore.

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