Five new fall TV shows for people with brains [Pictures]
With the networks hyping our brains out for their new fall shows, the best of PBS sometimes gets overlooked amid mindless commercial clutter. Here are five productions that will debut on PBS this fall that will make you feel good about TV -- and yourself for watching. I'll have five picks from cable and five from the networks in coming days. Stay tuned. -- David Zurawik
• Also see: b's fall TV preview
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Ken Burns' 'The Dust Bowl'( Associated Press via Florentine Films/PBS )
In 2009, I wrote that Ken Burns was not only the greatest documentarian of the day, but also the most influential filmmaker period of the last 60 years. 'The Dust Bowl,' which airs Nov. 18 and 19, once again shows Burns bringing our national past to life. And his work only becomes more and more important as our sense of shared memory wanes. Pictured above: About to be engulfed in a gigantic dust cloud is a peaceful ranch in Boise City, Okla., where the dried top soil is being blown away.