American Masters

PBS | 9:00 pm

This celebrated Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning docuseries launches its 36th season with "Ailey," a 90-minute exploration of the life and creative impact of visionary choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey. Born in tiny Rogers, Texas, during the heart of the Great Depression, Ailey grew up hearing blues and gospel music that informed his dances to come, as did the awakening of his own gay identity. The film also shows hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris as he works on his new ballet "Lazarus," based on Ailey's life.