|Forum topic by BlankMan||posted 10-21-2009 05:16 PM||9355 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
10-21-2009 05:16 PM
Just got this a few minutes ago. I know it’s old news, but it’s sad news from my perspective. I had looked for the official news release but couldn’t find it, this looks like it, so being a PBS member I sent a note over the weekend asking why, this was the response:
Dear Mr. BlankMan,
Thank you for your interest in WGBH. We always appreciate hearing from our viewers, listeners, and Web site visitors.
Although we would have liked to continue airing The New Yankee Workshop, it is concluding after 21 years because Norm has decided to retire from the program.
„We’ve had a great run, built challenging projects, met wonderful woodworkers, and received loyal support from millions of viewers,„ states Norm Abram, host of the show.
„Throughout the show’s run, Norm has proven that he is one of the great craftsmen of our time,„ says creator and executive producer Russell Morash.
Repeat episodes of The New Yankee Workshop are currently airing on PBS (check local listings). Abram will continue to appear on the Emmy Award-winning home improvement series This Old House, which premiered its 30th anniversary season on October 8, 2009 (check local listings).
The New Yankee Workshop’s companion Web site, www.newyankee.com, will continue to provide viewers the opportunity to get into the shop with project plans, DVDs, a Q&A section, and more.
The New Yankee Workshop is a co-production of Morash Associates, Inc. and WGBH Boston. National corporate funding for the twenty-first season of The New Yankee Workshop was provided by Delta Machinery and Porter Cable. The creator, executive producer, and director of the series is Russell Morash, long credited with introducing the „how-to„ programming concept to television through such celebrated WGBH series as This Old House, The Victory Garden, and Julia Child’s The French Chef.
We hope you continue to enjoy the programs on WGBH – produced in Boston, shared with the world.
WGBH enriches people’s lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.
-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI