Television in Brief

Katie Holmes

NEW YORK — Actress Katie Holmes is joining the Showtime drama “Ray Donovan” for its upcoming third season.

The former “Dawson’s Creek” star will play businesswoman Paige, a daughter of billionaire producer Andrew Finney, who is portrayed by Ian McShane. Finney enlists the services of the show’s title character, a Hollywood fixer played by Liev Schreiber.

“Ray Donovan” started production recently for its third season, which is expected to begin sometime this summer.

PASA — PBS is making a Civil War drama focusing on the stories of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict.

The six-episode series is being produced by Ridley Scott and David Zucker. It’s the first American-made drama the public broadcasting service has made in about a decade, “so this is a really big deal for us,” Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO, said recently.

Based on true stories, the untitled project is centered on a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, that was turned into a Union army hospital, PBS said.

Kerger said the public broadcasting service’s goals in making dramas is different than other television networks.

“Our goal is not only to entertain, but to educate and inspire,” she said.

The series is scheduled to air next winter.

PBS also said that it will air a week’s worth of programming in April to mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, including Rory Kennedy’s film “Last Days in Vietnam.” Ken Burns’ documentary film “The Vietnam War” is scheduled to run on PBS in two years.

PASADEN — Fox News Channel is dipping in to the nonfiction series realm by telling stories of Wild West legends like Jesse James, David Crockett and Billy the Kid.

The network’s 10-episode series, “Legends & Lies: Into the West,” will debut with two episodes on Sunday, April 12. Fox anchor Bill O’Reilly, who has built a successful literary career with books on the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and Jesus Christ, will be the executive producer and appear in each episode.

Warm Spring Productions, which makes “Mountain Men” for History and “Log Cabin Living” for HGTV, will make the new series.

Associated Press