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Wired Mag and KCET Get Greenlight on Wired Science
(released 5/1/2007)

PBS has picked up the first season of Wired Science, a 10 week primetime series produced of KCET/Los Angeles in association with Wired Magazine, to premiere nationwide October 3, 2007, at 8 p.m.

Wired Science will also have a strong presence at The site, which re-launches in the fall, will feature streaming video of series stories, articles by Wired writers, opportunities for audience interaction and comprehensive educational resources that extend the viewer's experience beyond the broadcast.

WIRED SCIENCE is the result of a PBS pilot initiative that was designed to find the next new PBS science series with input from viewers. Three pilots launched New Year's Day via streaming video online and as weekly broadcasts beginning January 3. It was the first time PBS had introduced full specials online in advance of the television broadcast, offering a unique interactive dialogue with viewers about the programs they seek from PBS.

The science pilots and Web sites were funded by a special grant co-managed by Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS. The initiative was inspired by the results of a CPB primetime research study that indicated strong viewer interest in PBS science-related programming. An initial request for proposals yielded more than 19 submissions, the pool from which the three finalists were selected.

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