Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is making history and culture cool again, so PBS—a big fan of culture and history—has naturally come looking for its own piece of that sweet, sweet coolness. As announced during the Television Critics Association Press Tour, the network will be airing Hamilton’s America, “a feature film documentary providing intimate access” to Miranda and everyone else who worked on Hamilton in the lead-up to its premiere on Broadway. The film will also contain “interviews with experts and prominent personalities, new footage of the production in New York, and cast-led expeditions to DC, Philadelphia, and New York.” Basically, it sounds like the documentary—like the musical itself—will use its platform to trick people into learning about the real Alexander Hamilton, but while Hamilton did this with hip-hop inspired tunes, the documentary will do it with interviews and visits to historical sites. It may not seem like as much fun, but it’s right up PBS’ alley.
Hamilton’s America will premiere on PBS at some point in the fall.