September 26, 2003

“American Family” Returns to PBS This Fall

PBS President and CEO Pat Mitchell announced today the production of 13 new episodes of the critically acclaimed drama series “American Family,” directed by Gregory Nava, which broke new ground as the first Latino drama on broadcast television when it debuted on PBS in January 2002. The return of the series represents major commitments from original corporate sponsor Johnson & Johnson and The American Legacy Foundation, a first-time sponsor of a PBS series. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) also provided major funding for the project along with PBS.

“‘American Family’ represents the largest, original, continuing character drama initiative in the history of PBS,” said Ms. Mitchell. “PBS is dedicated to being the most diverse network on American television and we are committed to this series’ success because it brings so much to our audiences.”

“In every home in America, there is an epic story,” said Gregory Nava, creator and executive producer. “It is the story of the struggles and hardships that people have endured over the generations in order to come to this country and achieve their dream of a better life. It is the story of love and triumph, as well as sacrifice and tragedy. In the second season, ‘American Family’ will delve into this story, which has deeper meaning for all Americans.”

“KCET has a commitment to create programs that represent the diversity of the area we serve,” said Mary Mazur, KCET executive vice president, programming and production. “‘American Family’, which takes place in our very own community, represents a wonderful fulfillment of both our creative and cultural objectives. We are proud to be a co-producer on this project.”

Viewers will have a chance to catch up with the Gonzalez family saga this fall when PBS kicks off the last nine episodes of the first season during Hispanic Heritage Month beginning September 28 at 7:00 p.m., followed by selected episodes leading up to the April 4 premiere of the second season.

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