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Not Your Average NOVA

Not Your Average NOVA

Paula Apsell

NOVA Senior Executive Producer Paula Apsell

Dear NOVA viewers:

For more than three decades NOVA has been committed to bringing you in-depth science programming in the form of hour-long (and occasionally longer) documentaries. We believe that long-form documentaries are extremely effective ways to convey the depth and breadth of science, technology, medicine, and engineering to a general audience.

However, over the years, we have found that some science stories are better suited to a different program format. Therefore we decided to experiment with a television format that would lend itself to exploring research at the cutting edge and give us an opportunity to showcase a wider variety of scientific topics. With $250 billion devoted annually to science research in this country, we thought it was important to provide a glimpse into that world of research as it's happening on the frontlines and in the lab.

The result is NOVA scienceNOW, a magazine show hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and consisting of four, fast-paced stories per episode. This series maintains the same high standards of accuracy and rigor for which our long-form documentaries are known and has been presented in the NOVA time slot approximately five times per year.

We are grateful for the support of the many viewers who have welcomed NOVA scienceNOW as a valuable addition to the NOVA family. As for any concerns that the addition of NOVA scienceNOW to our schedule means that fewer full-length NOVA documentaries will be shown, I want to take this opportunity to reassure all of our loyal NOVA viewers that we will continue to produce and broadcast full-length NOVA documentaries at the same high quality.

This summer 2009, we look forward to bringing you a new, 10-week season of NOVA scienceNOW on Tuesday nights. Check your local public television station listings for more information this spring, or sign up for our NOVA scienceNOW newsletter for broadcast reminders.

As always, we welcome your feedback and appreciate your comments.

Thank you for watching NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW.

Paula S. Apsell
Senior Executive Producer