Tuesday, October 19, 2010

KOCE Brings "Masterpiece" Back to Sundays

Southern California's PBS switcheroo is already underway.

Weeks after KCET angered viewers by moving Sunday night staple "Masterpiece Mystery!" to Thursday nights, Orange County's KOCE has nabbed first-run rights to the the series -- and is airing it on Sunday nights.

KOCE, which will become SoCal's primary PBS station in January, previously had to wait to run fare like "Masterpiece" until after KCET finished its run. But now that KCET is dropping its PBS affiliation come January, PBS (and Boston's WGBH, which produces "Masterpiece") is making the move now.

"Masterpiece" will join the KOCE lineup on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. with "Sherlock."

"KOCE-TV is delighted to bring 'Masterpiece' to Los Angeles viewers as the show premieres its 21st-century Sherlock Holmes series this coming Sunday," said KOCE President and CEO Mel Rogers. "The iconic 'Masterpiece' series has been a Sunday night mainstay in homes across the country, and we’re delighted to welcome it to its new home in Los Angeles, KOCE-TV."

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