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The Latest: Angela Lansbury, 92, schools young actors

Rebecca Eaton, from left, Annes Elwy, Emily Watson, Angela Lansbury, Maya Hawke, Jonah Hauer-King and Willa Fitzgerald participate in the Masterpiece "Little Women" panel during the PBS Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on upcoming programming from the TV Critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local):

5:46 p.m.

Angela Lansbury has words of wisdom for young actors.

Lansbury, 92, who plays crusty Aunt March in PBS’ new adaptation of “Little Women,” advised newcomers to learn everything they can about a character to avoid just spouting words.

Actors who fail to approach their work thoughtfully will end up “a flash in the pan,” Lansbury said.

“It’s terribly important to get out of yourself and into that character. Leave yourself at home,” she told a TV critics meeting Tuesday.

The two-part adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, debuting May 13 on PBS’ “Masterpiece” showcase, stars Maya Hawke, daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, in her screen debut. She plays aspiring writer Jo March.

Hawke called it a “huge gift and a huge honor” to work with Lansbury and Emily Watson, who plays Jo’s mother, Marmee.


11:28 a.m.

PBS will air a five-part series about the sexual misconduct crisis.

PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday will address the burst of attention to the issue and how it can be used to produce “positive and lasting change.”

“#MeToo, Now What?” will be hosted by Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, a humanitarian organization. The debut date is Feb. 2.

PBS said the series will include reporting and conversations on topics including how race and class figure into the issue. Studio guests will include men and women from across the country, along with activists, and leaders from media, business and other sectors.

The Me Too unity movement was triggered by allegations of sexual misconduct against prominent men including Harvey Weinstein.

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