PBS has announced plans to broadcast a weeklong series of documentaries and news specials surrounding the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, "After Newtown," from Monday, Feb. 18, to Friday, Feb. 22.
One of those specials, a psychological profile of the Sandy Hook gunman, Adam Lanza, was created by Frontline in collaboration with The Hartford Courant.
"This week of specials gives PBS the opportunity to take an in-depth and thoughtful look at the issues the Newtown tragedy laid bare," Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager of general audience programming for PBS, told the Television Critics Association meeting in Pasadena, Calif. this week. "As we mourn the lives lost in Newtown, it is important to present the facts, the science, and the history behind the issues to provide information and context as we collectively look at how better to protect and serve our communities."
Each night will begin with a PBS Newshour on Newtown-related issues. Lee Newton of CPTV, Connecticut's PBS affiliate, said these Newshours will be shown at 7 p.m. each night that week. This is different from the national schedule, which will show the Newshours at 6 p.m. nightly. All of the other CPTV screenings during the week will conform to the PBS nationwide schedule, Newton said.
Here's the lineup of planned shows and times:
Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.: "PBS Newshour," on Aurora, Colo., where a massacre took place in a movie theater last summer.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.: "PBS Newshour," on the connection, or lack thereof, between violent video games and violent behavior.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m.: "Guns in America," a documentary about gun technology changes since the Colonial era and Americans' relationship with guns. "With an estimated 300 million firearms in circulation, the nation is saturated with firearms, many argue, and the human toll they've taken is too high. More than 30 people die every day from a gun-related injury," a press release states.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 10 p.m.: "Frontline: Raising Adam Lanza," in collaboration with The Hartford Courant. The release states that the show "looks for answers to the central — and so far elusive — question: who was Adam Lanza?" The special also will discuss President Obama's actions regarding gun policy since Sandy Hook.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.: "PBS Newshour," on what scientists know and don't know about adolescent brain development.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 9 p.m.: "Nova: Mind of a Rampage Killer," a look at theories into why people commit monstrous crimes, "investigating new theories that the most destructive rampage killers are driven most of all by the wish to die, not by the urge to kill. Could suicide — and the desire to go out in a media-fueled blaze of glory — be their main motivation?"
Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 10 p.m.: "The Path to Violence," about national law-enforcement strategies, implemented since the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, to prevent violence at schools, and how there is still "a gaping hole in the safety net."
Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.: "PBS Newshour," on the increase in gun-license applications since Newtown.
Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.: "PBS Newshour," on gun violence as a public-health issue.
Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m.: "Washington Week with Gwen Ifill," which discusses how Washington lawmakers are dealing with gun control.
Friday, Feb. 22, at 8:30 p.m.: "Need to Know," which explores the ripple effects of a single fatal shooting incident.
Other PBS stations nationwide will rerun "Frontline: Raising Adam Lanza" and "Guns in America" on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. respectively, but CPTV will not. On that night, CPTV will show a documentary about P.T. Barnum and a British crime drama, "DCI Banks."
Newton, citing the especially sensitive nature of the programming in Connecticut, explained CPTV's decision to not air the repeats: "The idea behind it is, we're doing 10 hours of post-Newtown issue programming that week, let's give our audience a respite for at least one night and give them their regular programming."
Those who miss the shows on TV can check http://www.pbs.org the following mornings for live streaming.Copyright © 2015, CT Now