Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of PBS emMasterpieceem, discusses how historical dramas have shaped popular perceptions of past eras. Since taking over the helm of the PBS series emMasterpiece Theatre emand emMystery!em in 1985, Rebecca Eaton has been responsible for such high-profile titles as emPrime Suspectem, emBleak Houseem, emThe Lost Princeem, emInspector Morseem, emMiss Marpleem, emTony Hillerman's Skinwalkersem, emCoyote Waitsem, and emA Thief of Timeem as well as emThe Complete Jane Austenem and emCranfordem. She has accrued a bookcase of accolades, including 20 Primetime Emmy Awards, 11 Peabody Awards, a Golden Globe, and two Academy Award nominations for the emMasterpieceem co-production, emMrs. Brownem. In 2008, she oversaw the highly successful launch of the new emMasterpieceem, with new scheduling (emClassicem, emMystery!em and emContemporaryem), new hosts, and a new look. The revamped series has drawn in a new generation of drama fans, and at the same time increased the size of the series' core audience.moreless
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