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Pioneers of Television

Cast of 'Pioneers of Television'

  • Ryan Seacrest

Pioneers of Television

A follow-up to the highly rated ``Pioneers of Primetime,'' this documentary series features interviews with leading figures from the worlds of sitcoms, game shows, variety and late-night television, including Art Linkletter, Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Andy Williams, Phyllis Diller, Jim Nabors, Betty White, Jonathan Winters, Marlo Thomas, Bob Barker, Merv Griffin, Ed McMahon and Tommy Smothers, among many others.

Premiere:
Jan 02, 2008
Original Network:
PBS
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All Upcoming Times for Pioneers of Television

Episode Air Date Channel

Sitcoms

S01, E01  (First Aired: Jan. 2, 2008)
Joyce Randolph provides insight into Jackie Gleason; Marlo Thomas reminisces about her father, Danny; Andy Griffith on what made his show work; Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke recount their work together.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 1:30AM-2:30AM
  • 21
  • WLIW
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  • 721
  • WLIWDT

Late Night

S01, E02  (First Aired: Jan. 9, 2008)
The stories of Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson; Merv Griffin emerges on the late night scene; Regis Philbin on his years as Joey Bishop's sidekick.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 2:30AM-3:30AM
  • 21
  • WLIW
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  • 721
  • WLIWDT

Variety

S01, E03  (First Aired: Jan. 16, 2008)
Ed Sullivan's ``Toast of the Town'' and Milton Berle's ``Texaco Star Theater''; Tim Conway and Jonathan Winters share funny stories; Pat Boone; Tommy Smothers.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 3:30AM-4:30AM
  • 21
  • WLIW
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  • 721
  • WLIWDT

Game Shows

S01, E04  (First Aired: Jan. 23, 2008)
Bob Barker; Merv Griffin creates ``Wheel of Fortune'' and ``Jeopardy''; Monty Hall; Betty White; Phyllis Diller's first television appearance.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 4:30AM-5:30AM
  • 21
  • WLIW
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  • 721
  • WLIWDT