‘Breaking Big’ on PBS

(Above: ‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah, the first subject of PBS series ‘Breaking Big.’ Source: Ozy Media)

Breaking Big, a 12-episode series that explores the road to success, debuts this Friday, June 15, at 8:30 pm ET on PBS. (But check your local listings.)

OZY CEO and co-founder Carlos Watson hosts the series which profiles famous and influential figures from a wide range of fields – theater, film, television, sports, music, politics, fashion, science and business.

Breaking Big “traces the unusual paths followed by 12 talented men and women … who overcame nearly insurmountable obstacles and long odds to reach and reimagine their own potential and, ultimately, to break big.”

Each half-hour episode will include expert analysis “to help viewers understand the risk-taking and bold moves these journeys require.”

The debut episode will feature Daily Show host and comedian Trevor Noah.

Other subjects, in broadcast order, will include:

Eddie Huang − chef and restaurateur, author of Fresh Off the Boat

Danai Gurira − actress and playwright (Black PantherWalking Dead)

Jason Aldean − country musician

Ruth Zukerman − co-founder of SoulCycle and Flywheel

Christian Siriano − fashion designer

Roxane Gay − author and cultural critic

Michael Strahan − host of Good Morning, America and former New York Giants defensive end

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand − US Senator, New York

Lee Daniels − director, Precious and Fox series Empire

Gretchen Carlson − former Fox News anchor and Miss America

Carmen Yulín Cruz − mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico

For more on each episode, visit Ozy.com.

This is the second series that news site Ozy Media has produced for PBS.  In 2016, PBS ran Ozy’s The Contenders, an eight-part documentary looking at 14 historic US Presidential – and two Vice-Presidential — campaigns over the past 50 years.

PBS programming can be streamed via PBS Passport, available to viewers who donate a minimum of $5 a month/$60 a year. For more information, visit pbs.org/video and select your local station from the tab in the upper left-hand corner.


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