PIONEERS OF TELEVISION

Standup comedians who landed sitcoms, TV doctors and nurses, standout comedy actors, Jerry Seinfieldand the people who broke the color barrier on television, are the subjects explored when Pioneers of Television, offering inside stories from some of America’s most beloved television stars.

The Emmy-nominated series reveals intriguing behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating facts about television’s most well-known and influential celebrities.

Interviews with legendary stars, including Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr and Dick Van Dyke, and never-before-seen Dick Van Dykeimages mix with timeless footage that continues to entertain TV viewers decades later. Pioneers of Television’s first-hand look at the medium is guided by the stories of television icons who appear in memorable footage and reminisce about the iconic genres they helped popularize.

“We are thrilled to bring another season of Pioneers of Television to PBS,” said executive producer Steve Boettcher, who, along with producing partner Mike Trinklein, has helmed numerous specials and series on television’s breakthrough performers. “From stars that had Americans howling with laughter in front of their television screens, to the ones who broke barriers – and maybe even some who saved lives – this season’s line-up features legends who paved the way for contemporary television.