Way back in December 2006, PBS tried something a little different in its search for a new science series by asking viewers for input. Pilots for three different shows were launched on New Year’s Day via streaming video online and a few days later as weekly broadcasts. It was the first time PBS had introduced full specials online in advance of the television broadcast, giving even more viewers a chance to weigh in on the shows and enter into the dialogue.
It was announced yesterday that WIRED SCIENCE was the viewer favorite and has been picked up for the Fall 2007. The 10-week primetime series “translates Wired’s award-winning journalism, design and irreverent attitude into a fast-paced, one-hour weekly television show that will span the globe to chronicle the scientific advances and technologies that are transforming the world.”
“WIRED SCIENCE imports the DNA of Wired Magazine into an exciting new medium for us,” said Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired Magazine. “We’re delighted to partner with KCET and PBS, as their viewers and our readers have a lot in common: We’re all fascinated by the many ways that science and technology are changing the world around us.”