TCA: PBS ‘Superheroes’ Docu Educates Via Comic Book History, Social Media

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Public Broadcasting made its first trip to Comic-Con earlier this summer with Sherlock and during the PBS portion of TCA, president and CEO Paula Kerger said “we look forward to going back.”

PBS also appears to be wooing the Comic-Con crowd with Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle, a new documentary series tracing the history of comic heroes.

On today’s panel, executive producer Michael Kantor offered the obligatory comment that the project is meant to appeal to ages “8 to 88.” Afterwards, he admitted to Deadline that PBS is at least in part looking for the audience that has “a strong niche in social media” with this project.

Kantor said PBS is “thrilled” that the program, which went into production 3 years ago, is coming out “when superheroes are peaking.” But the producer added the project s received funding from both federal agencies National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) because of its the potential to reach the Twitter crowd “because they’ll learn something” about American history through the story of comic book heroes. (more…)

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