'Breaking Big' Series Premieres June 15

News Release Date: 
June 6, 2018

For Immediate Release
‘Breaking Big’ Series Premieres June 15 on NET

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 6, 2018) – A new 12-week series “Breaking Big” premieres at 7:30 p.m. CT, on Friday, June 15, on NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations. With Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah as the first guest, the 30-minute program will explore the road to success for some of the world’s most influential artists, innovators, political leaders, athletes, authors and entrepreneurs. 

The series, which airs every Friday for 12 weeks, follows the twists and turns on the road to thriving careers and traces the unusual paths followed by 12 talented men and women who overcame obstacles to “break big.”

Hosted by journalist Carlos Watson, the series will include analysis from social scientists, marketing experts, film critics, book editors and others to help viewers understand the risk-taking and bold moves of those individuals who are profiled.

Noah endured a difficult childhood in apartheid South Africa but channeled his tough times into an internationally-renowned comedy career and was hand-picked by Jon Stewart to succeed him as host of “The Daily Show.” 

Following the season premiere, the line-up includes: Eddie Huang, chef and author of “Fresh Off the Boat;” Danai Gurira, playwright and actress in “Black Panther” and “Walking Dead;” Jason Aldean, country music superstar; Ruth Zukerman, co-founder of SoulCycle and Flywheel; Christian Siriano, fashion designer; Roxanne Gay, author and cultural critic; Michael Strahan, host of “Good Morning America” and former NFL star; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator, New York; Lee Daniels, Academy Award-winning director for “Precious;” Gretchen Carlson, former Miss America and Fox News anchor; and Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Mary Jane Winquest, 402-470-6247, mjwinquest@netNebraska.org


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