Pioneers of Television
The four-part series examines the people who left their imprint on sitcoms, late-night, variety and game shows in the early days of the medium. The program features interviews with legendary stars, including Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Art Linkletter, Andy Griffith, Betty White, Phyllis Diller, Jim Nabors, Marlo Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Ed McMahon and Merv Griffin. Using never-before-seen images and showcasing timeless clips, the documentary series examines the entertainers that provided the classic scenes that still amuse us today.
Pioneers of Television Previous Broadcasts
Standup to Sitcom (Episode #401)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
This star-packed episode features fresh interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart. The program reveals how America's top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format and includes dozens of clips from "Seinfeld," "Home Improvement," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Roseanne" and more.
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
Miniseries (Episode #304H)
KQED Life: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Miniseries still rank among the top-rated programs in television history; they were major events that captured the nation's imagination. "Roots" was the biggest - interviewed about that groundbreaking series are stars LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen, John Amos, Georg Stanford Brown and Ed Asner. This episode also considers the very first miniseries, "Rich Man, Poor Man," as stars Peter Strauss and Susan Blakely offer fresh insights. All of the key players from the landmark miniseries "The Thorn Birds" appear, providing surprising commentary about the romance seen by more viewers than any other in TV history. New interviews with Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown mark the 30th anniversary of one of television's biggest events.
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 14, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
Late Night (Episode #102H)
KQED Life: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 10:00 PM
The stories of Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson headline this episode about the formative years of late-night television. Merv Griffin also emerges as a key player on the late-night scene. (His interview for Pioneers was his last before passing away.) Regis Philbin offers revelations about his years as a late-night sidekick (to Joey Bishop). Dick Cavett and Arsenio Hall also discuss their years in the mix, and Sigourney Weaver offers personal details about her father, Pat - the inventor of "Tonight." The episode is peppered with dozens of never-before-seen clips, including Johnny Carson performing in his early 20s.
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 7, 2014 -- 4:00 AM