'President Trump' Kicks Off New FRONTLINE Series

News Release Date: 
December 23, 2016

For Immediate Release
Three New Films on NET Examine Trump’s Rise, Obama’s Legacy and a Nation Divided

LINCOLN, Neb. (Dec. 23, 2016) – On the eve of a new presidency, NET will air a major January line-up of films from FRONTLINE that examine President Obama’s legacy, the Trump candidacy and the divisions that helped fuel his rise to the White House.

First on Tuesday, Jan. 3, “President Trump” will air at 9 p.m. CT, on NET as FRONTLINE examines key moments that shaped the president-elect. This in-depth biography draws from “The Choice 2016,” in which advisors, business associates and biographers reveal how Trump transformed himself from real estate developer to reality-TV star to president.

Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 17 and 18, FRONTLINE presents television’s most comprehensive exploration of the Obama era. The four-hour series called “Divided States of America,” begins at 8 p.m. CT, on NET both nights.

Featuring new, in-depth interviews with White House officials, Cabinet members, and senior congressional leaders from both parties, as well as one of the richest archives in broadcast journalism, “Divided States of America” examines how Barack Obama’s promise of change and unity — and his belief in the possibility of bipartisanship — quickly collided with political realities and  resistance.

Finally, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, FRONTLINE will continue with “Trump’s Road to the White House,” which will air at 9 p.m. CT, on NET. This special explains how, despite historically high unfavorability ratings, Trump successfully tapped into frustration and calls for change to win the election. Featuring revealing interviews with campaign insiders, it investigates how Trump rallied millions of supporters and defeated his adversaries — and what it reveals about how he will govern.

“These films are focused on helping Americans understand the state of their government at this important historical moment, and telling the inside story of how we got here,” says FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk, who most recently produced “The Choice 2016,” and who with his team has made more than a dozen documentaries on the Obama administration.

NET operates the statewide public service network which includes NET Television, NET Radio, NET Learning Services and NET Technology Services. For more information about NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations, visit netNebraska.org.

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