Burns' WWII documentary starts Sunday

Another war, another long Ken Burns documentary, you might think. But not so fast. Critics who have seen screeners of "The War" — Burns' seven-part look at World War II — say it might be his finest and most mature piece of work yet. And the bar is set pretty high for the fellow who famously explored "The Civil War," "Jazz" and "Baseball."

"The War" begins Sunday on PBS, with a 2-1/2 hour premiere. It continues thereafter in 2 and 2-1/2-hour segments over the course of 10 days. Times are EDT for the first showing of the episodes. Each episode repeats immediately following its conclusion:

• Episode 1, "A Necessary War": 8-10:30 p.m. Sept. 23• Episode 2, "When Things Get Tough": 8-10 p.m. Sept. 24• Episode 3, "A Deadly Calling": 8-10 p.m. Sept. 25• Episode 4, "Pride of Our Nation": 8-10:30 p.m. Sept. 26• Episode 5, "Fubar": 8-10 p.m. Sept. 30• Episode 6, "The Ghost Front": 8-10 p.m. Oct. 1• Episode 7, "A World Without War": 8-10:30 p.m. Oct. 2