History Detectives will undergo a few changes before it airs next year, and one of those changes is the title. The PBS series will now be titled History Detectives Special Investigation and will see the addition of Professor Kaiama Glover alongside Professor Tukufu Zuberi and Wes Cowan, according to Indiewire.
Four one-hour episodes of History Detectives will air in 2014, with each episode focusing on a single story that Glover, Zuberi and Cowan will collectively investigate. The episodes will cover iconic mysteries from America’s past, according to Indiewire. The investigators will attempt to answer questions, “What was behind the tragic sinking of the SS Sultana at the end of the American Civil War? Can we solve the mystery of the Austin Servant Girl Murders of the 1880s? Did a Mafia kingpin’s darkest secret trigger Jimmy Hoffas disappearance? And what led to the mysterious disappearance of big band leader Glenn Miller during World War II?,” Indiewire reported.
Glover is currently a professor of literature specializing in French-speaking Caribbean and sub-Saharan West African cinema at Barnard College, Columbia University, and Zuberi is Professor of Sociology & The Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations of Africana Studies at UPENN, as noted by Indiewire.
Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming for PBS Beth Hoppe showed her excitement for the History Detectives, saying, “We are thrilled to bring the detectives back to solve famous mysteries from American history…with the new program format and a fresh face added to the team, HDSI sheds new light on historical moments and revamps a treasured show,” Indiewire quoted.
The new format of History Detectives Special Investigation will premiere in 2014 on PBS.