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PBS announces Winter/Spring 2012 lineup

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We have some great new programming coming up in the next couple of months. We'll keep you updated as we learn more, but here's just a quick synopsis of what you can expect in the coming months.

"American Experience: Clinton" - Monday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.
Premiering President's Day, this biography presents a president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.

 "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr." - Sunday, March 25, at 8 p.m. (tentatively)
This 10-part series delves into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans, combining history and science in a fascinating exploration of race, family and identity in today's America. Professor Gates shakes loose captivating stories and surprises in the family trees of Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey, Jr., Branford Marsalis, John Legend, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren, among others.

"Great Performances: Tony Bennett: Duets II" - Friday, Jan. 27, at 9 p.m.
Yet another career triumph, "Duets 2" teams Bennett with a diverse roster of contemporary stars, including Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble, performing more classics from the Great American Songbook, including "Body and Soul," "The Lady is a Tramp," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Speak Low," and "Stranger in Paradise."

"Masterpiece Mystery!: Sherlock Season 2" - Sunday, May 6, at 9 p.m.
This modern version, set in 21st-century London, stars Benedict Cumberbatch ("War Horse") as the go-to consulting detective and Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit") as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson.  

 "American Masters: Johnny Carson" - Monday, May 14, at 9 p.m.
This two-hour special offers an in-depth portrait of the undisputed king of late-night television. Original interviews with friends, colleagues, his wives and the many performers who appeared, or began, on "The Tonight Show" offer additional context: Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Doc Severinsen.