New Season "Pioneers of Television" Features Funny Ladies, Primetime Soaps, Superheroes, and Miniseries
Pioneers of Television returns to Rhode Island PBS for a third season featuring new stories about the visionaries who shaped a fledgling medium with their creativity, foresight, and wisdom. The four one-hour episodes will air on Thursdays, January 31 through February 21, at 8 p.m., with re-broadcasts on Saturdays at noon.
The celebrities in Pioneers of Television 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.
Superheroes crosses many eras: Superman in the 1950s, Batman in the ’60s, Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk in the ’70s, and The Greatest American Hero in the ’80s. The episode features in-depth interviews with Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lynda Carter, Lou Ferrigno, William Katt and others. It also includes comments from The Greatest American Hero creator Robert Culp, recorded just days before he passed away. Narrated by Ryan Seacrest, Superheroes airs on Pioneers of Television on 2/14/2013.
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