By Tim Kenneally
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Charlie Rose will soon be helping you get your weekend started with a bang.
Rose is expanding his presence on PBS with a new series, "Charlie Rose Weekend," to air Fridays at 8:30 p.m., starting in July.
The half-hour series will feature Rose focusing on the events and conversations shaping the week and the week ahead. Rose will draw on conversations from his nightly PBS program and new insightful perspectives from around the world on the new series, which will "capture the defining moments in politics, science, business, culture, media and sports in a fresh, engaged, and smart presentation," PBS said in a statement Monday.
"PBS is my first broadcast home, and I'm excited to embark on a new project that, while distinctly different in nature from 'Charlie Rose,' will build on its history and harness the possibilities of the future by a full use of technology and social media," Rose said of his new gig. "We will offer a fresh look at the people shaping our lives and the questions that demand answers and context. By bringing together top newsmakers each week and engaging the audience in innovative ways, we will invite viewers to start their weekends on Friday with PBS."