In January 2008, PBS broadcast a four-part documentary series called Pioneers of Television. The four episodes covered sitcoms, late-night, variety, and game shows. Over the past few weeks I’ve seen the series mentioned a few times here and there but just assumed PBS was preparing to repeat it. It wasn’t until someone e-mailed me an article from The Globe and Mail that I learned PBS is working on four new installments for January 2011, focusing on science fiction, crime drama, Westerns and local kids programming. Kelsey Grammer will narrate.
On August 4th, as part of the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, a panel comprised of Nichelle Nichols, Martin Landau, Linda Evans, Robert Conrad and Mike Connors gathered to discuss their television experiences. Read about the panel at USA Today, The Vancouver Sun and the aforementioned Globe and Mail article. Pictures can be found here. The official Pioneers of Television Facebook page can be found here.