Monday, April 15, 2024

Joan Rivers Doc “A Piece of Work” to Get Special PBS Airing on American Masters


PBS is suddenly getting very timely. Even while we’re all enjoying the Roosevelts, there are still topical considerations. Next Tuesday, American Masters will show “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” the highly praised doc about the comedian made by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg in 2010. “A Piece of Work” will air at 10:3opm right after Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ “Boomer List.” Stern and Sundberg have made several other well received docs, and Stern was a family friend of Rivers. The film premiered at Sundance, and is notable for the access Rivers gave the women. You will learn a lot about her, and of course, there are plenty of laughs. Good for PBS!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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