The network also announced the rest of its fall slate

By Chancellor Agard
Updated June 23, 2016 at 04:25 PM EDT
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PBS is not throwing away its shot. The network has finally confirmed the airdate for its Hamilton documentary.

Hamilton’s America, which is part of its Great Performance series, will air Friday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.

Hamilton’s America will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the two years leading up to the Broadway opening of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop infused musical, which recently won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In early June, Miranda revealed the special would feature interviews with the Obamas, former President George W. Bush, Jimmy Fallon, and Questlove. (Miranda suggested the doc would debut in October, but not specifically on Oct. 21.)

In addition to the Hamilton news, PBS also announced the rest of its fall slate. The second season of the Masterpiece series Poldark will premiere sometime this fall (date TBA). The second season of Indian Summers debuts on Sept. 11 following the premiere of PBS’ new miniseries Churchill’s Secret, which stars Michael Gambon (Harry Potter film series) as Winston Churchill and focuses on Churchill’s recovery from a stroke he had in the summer of 1953.

The network’s new eight-part series The Contenders – 16 for’16, which examines 16 of the “most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns,” premieres Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. ET. The Frontline series “The Choice 2016,” which will cover this year’s presidential candidates, returns Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET. This fall, PBS will also air Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (Oct. 25), which is an hour and a half long exploration of writer/producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, Good Times, The Jeffersons).

Hamilton (Broadway)

Genre: Musical; Starring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Christopher Jackson, Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry; Director: Thomas Kail; Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda; Opening Date: 08/06/15
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