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PBS announced several future programming plans on Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour, including a new Ken Burns documentary on country music.

Here are the highlights:

  • "Country Music," a multi-episode series, will follow the evolution of the genre over the course of the 20th century and focus on some of the standout singers and songwriters who created it. The film is pegged for a 2018 debut.

    "Country Music" is just one of a number of projects in the Burns pipeline, including "The Address," "The Roosevelts," "Jackie Robinson" and "Vietnam."

  • The British drama, "Last Tango in Halifax," returns for a second season at 8 p.m. on June 29.

  • "Earth -- A New Wild" is a five-part nature series hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, that explores humankind's relationship to the planet's wildest places and most fascinating species. Scheduled to air in 2015.

  • PBS will air a lineup of programs tied to Memorial Day and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. The centerpiece is the "National Memorial Day Concert," co-hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. Other programs include "Coming Back with Wes Moore," about "difficult questions" facing returning veterans, and "NOVA: D-Day's Sunken Secrets," which surveys the underwater wreck sites bordering the D-Day beachheads.


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