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PBS To Air Steve Jobs Special On 11/2

by Adriana Lee | October 27, 2011October 27, 2011 7:00 am PST

Did you catch “iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed The World” on Discovery Channel recently? No? Well, don’t worry — there’s another special coming up, courtesy of PBS.

The one-hour program — which will be the latest documentary about Jobs since his passing — will feature interviews with Jobs, as well as those from people who knew him personally, including Ronald Wayne, Steve Wozniak, original Apple mouse designer Dean Hovey, NeXT computer investor (and perennial U.S. presidential candidate) Ross Perot, Bill Fernandez, Walt Mossberg, Robert Palladino, Will.I.Am and writer Robert Cringely.

Included will also be a “never-before broadcast interview” with Jobs from 1994 — a couple of years before Apple bought NeXT and brought Jobs back to resuscitate the company.

The special will air Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check your local listings). It will be named “One Last Thing,” which is completely appropriate, considering Jobs’ renowned catch phrase signaling droolworthy announcements at the end of company press events.

For more info, check out the press release that follows, after the break.

[via CNET]

 

Press Release

STEVE JOBS – ONE LAST THING Premieres on PBS Wednesday, November 2, Following NOVA “The Fabric of the Cosmos”

Entire Night of Programs Devoted to Science and Technology Exploration

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PBS announced today that STEVE JOBS – ONE LAST THING has been added to the primetime lineup following the premiere episode of NOVA “The Fabric of the Cosmos.” Through interviews with colleagues and others who knew the creative genius whose innovations transformed the lives of millions, ONE LAST THING provides an inside look at the man and the major influences that helped shape his life and career. Titled as a play on the famous catchphrase used by Jobs at his product launch presentations, STEVE JOBS – ONE LAST THING premieres on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). NOVA “The Fabric of the Cosmos,” a four-part series that takes viewers to the frontiers of physics with acclaimed author and physicist Brian Greene, debuts at 9:00 p.m. ET.

“From the vast complexity of time and space to the genius of a man who put technology in the palm of our hands, these extraordinary programs explore the work of two visionaries in science and technology”

“From the vast complexity of time and space to the genius of a man who put technology in the palm of our hands, these extraordinary programs explore the work of two visionaries in science and technology,” said John F. Wilson, Senior Vice President & Chief TV Programming Executive.

ONE LAST THING takes an unflinching look at Jobs’s difficult, controlling disposition, and offers unique insights into what made him tick. While there has been near-universal agreement that Steve Jobs was a great innovator in business and technology, ONE LAST THING looks into why he was so great. What were the influences that shaped his character? What drove him from such humble beginnings to the heights of success?

Featuring interviews with, among others, Ronald Wayne, co-founder of Apple with Jobs and Steve Wozniak; Ross Perot, who invested in NeXT Computer when Jobs was running out of money; Walt Mossberg, principal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal, who interviewed Jobs every year from 2003-2010; will.i.am, frontman and producer for The Black Eyed Peas, whose “I Gotta Feeling” currently ranks as the most downloaded iTunes song ever; Dean Hovey, designer of the original mouse for Apple; Robert Cringely, writer and host of the PBS series TRIUMPH OF THE NERDS: THE RISE OF ACCIDENTAL EMPIRES; Robert Palladino, calligraphy professor at Reed College, whose classes Jobs credited with inspiring his typography design for the Mac; and Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs and Wozniak in Sunnyvale, where the three hung out in his father’s garage and tinkered with electronics.

In a never-before-broadcast interview from 1994, Jobs expounds on his philosophy of life: “You tend to get told that the world is the way it is, but life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact; and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you … Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

In his many successful Apple product launches, Jobs developed his own catchphrase to tease his audiences. Appearing to reach the end of a presentation, he would then announce to the expectant crowd: “Oh — one more thing,” before unveiling his latest design achievement. This documentary exploration of the life of one of America’s most successful innovators and entrepreneurs pays homage to his famous presentational skills and his unique talents.

STEVE JOBS – ONE LAST THING is a production of Pioneer Productions for Channel 4 (UK) and PBS. The film is funded by PBS, Channel 4 and Mentorn International.


Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...

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