AceShowbiz - PBS is joining the #MeToo movement. The network has ordered a brand new five-episode series titled "#MeToo, Now What?" which will explore and dig deeper into the recent sexual harassment issue.
Zainab Salbi, the founder of humanitarian organization Women for Women International, has been tapped to serve as the host.
Announced by PBS CEO Paula Kerger on Tuesday morning, January 16 at TCA, "#MeToo, Now What?" will feature both women and men from different generations engaging in a discussion about how the movement started. The new show will also talk about how people use this moment to effect positive and lasting change moving forward.
Each episode will be focusing on an aspect of sexual harassment. It includes a report from Salbi with a mix of field and in-studio segments. Topics that will be explored on the show include the impact of popular culture on women in the workplace, how race and class factor into the discussion, the social costs of pay inequity and gender discrimination, how men can be engaged in this discussion, and how to chart a path forward.
The show will welcome guests from various ages, races and economic groups. The guests are also from different occupations, ranging from activists, journalists, celebrities and leaders from the worlds of media, academics, business, arts, entertainment, fashion to advertising.
" '#MeToo, Now What?' will offer a much-needed space for honest conversation around this issue," said Beth Hoppe, PBS chief programming executive and general manager of general audience programming. "This series will provide context and perspective from a wide range of voices, with the goal of moving towards healing and understanding."
Salbi, who is also the author of "Between Two Worlds: Escape From Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam", added, "In order for this conversation to create true cultural change, we must talk with the man on the street, in our lives, our colleagues and friends. Equally, we need to have the conversation with the women in our lives to examine why, when we've seen sexual misconduct, we've often looked the other way when it didn't impact us directly."
"#MeToo, Now What?" is set to premiere on February 2 on PBS.