Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
PBS is announcing today that The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, a new seven-part documentary series by Ken Burns, will air in 2014. Burns is slated to appear at TCA later in PBS’ 2-day session to discuss his previously-announced documentary The Dust Bowl, airing in November.
The network also has two new special programs about the Cuban missile crisis that took place 50 years ago: Cuban Missile Crisis – Three Men Go to War and Secrets of the Dead: The Man Who Saved the World, both to air Oct. 23. “Three Men” explores the roles of President John F. Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Secrets of the Dead tells the story of Vasili Karpov, the man who refused to fire the nuclear missile during the standoff between Russia, the U.S. and Cuba. Most of the action takes place inside a submarine that is running out of air.