PBS NewsHour’s Interview Series Brief But Spectacular Makes Its Canadian Debut on CBC

Canada’s public broadcaster to launch 10 Canadian episodes of the Emmy-nominated series

Watch the trailer HERE

PBS NewsHour’s popular interview series Brief But Spectacular today will begin a 10-episode run on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Docs, YouTube and Facebook platforms. The weekly short-form videos will invite viewers to walk in the shoes of inspiring Canadians. The premiere episode features Kim Phuc, who became widely known as the ‘Napalm Girl’ depicted in the iconic photo taken during the Vietnam War in 1972. She speaks movingly about her relationship with pain and forgiveness. Subsequent episodes will include a diverse range of Canadians and ideas.

Series creator Steve Goldbloom, born in Halifax and raised in Toronto, produced all ten episodes through his production company, Second Peninsula.

“I’ve been privileged to honor a range of voices on PBS NewsHour over the past five years, and can’t wait to expand our coverage into Canada with CBC,” said Goldbloom. “There has never been a more important time to understand the person sitting next to you.”

PBS NewsHour executive producer Sara Just was responsible for commissioning the series back in 2014 and continues to supervise it today. On its expansion to CBC, she said: “Brief But Spectacular captures the essence of a wide range of fascinating people. Canadian audiences will get to know these people in a way they will never forget.”

While Brief for PBS NewsHour has profiled well-known figures like writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, actor Steve Martin, actor/radio host Alec Baldwin, actor/writer Carl Reiner, and host of NPR’s Fresh Air Terry Gross, the show has earned a broad and loyal audience through its lesser-known guests, such as poets Mahogany Browne and Clint Smith, inmates serving life sentences at San Quentin State Prison, and the incomparable Flossie Lewis, whose take on growing old and living well has earned more than 7 million views. A special short documentary on Flossie earned a 2019 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Feature Story in a newscast.

New episodes for the CBC will appear weekly on CBC.ca/docs, the CBC YouTube channel and the CBC Docs Facebook page.