PIONEERS OF TELEVISION returns to PBS for a second season featuring all new stories of the visionaries who shaped a fledgling medium with their creativity, foresight and wisdom.
They were the stars of the small screen in the early years of television, and much of the nation came to a halt whenever their shows aired. They strolled, sprinted, fought, laughed, cried and loved through worlds that took viewers to places past, present and future. As the originators of these innovative television formats, they provided an essential escape for millions of viewers who eagerly waited to watch them each week.
This series once again transports viewers behind the scenes for a revealing look at the inception of four of the most popular genres in television: science fiction, Westerns, crime dramas and local kids' TV. The four new episodes, narrated by Kelsey Grammer, air Thursdays at 8 PM beginning January 27 on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (over the air on digital 36.1; on cable: Cox/Verizon/Full Channel 08, Comcast subscribers please check listings for local channel; on satellite: DirecTV 36, Dish Network 7776). Episodes will be re-broadcast on Saturdays at half after midnight (12:30 AM), beginning January 29.