PBS member station WNET has secured rights to the oft-delayed J.D. Salinger biodoc, which will air as the 200th episode of PBS’s “American Masters” series, debuting in January of ’14.
“‘American Masters’ covers the finest artists this country has produced, from Ernest Hemingway to John Lennon, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Woody Allen. Salinger is an American master and I wanted to see him in the company of those artists,” the project’s director Shane Salerno told the Web site Deadline.com Monday.
It’s one of few “American Master” projects not generated in-house and Salerno retains full ownership of the film.
An earlier version of the project was finished years ago but never aired because the reclusive Salinger died, after which some of his friends and colleagues who’d turned down interview requests changed their minds, Deadline explained.
“American Masters’ exec producer Susan Lacy, who is now billed as an exec producer, said it is her “intellectual and emotional thrill” to snag the movie about the enigmatic author for her franchise’s 200th broadcast.