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Pioneers of television

Author: Steven J BoettcherMichael J TrinkleinJack JonesHarlan SapersteinStephanie TheisenAll authors
Publisher: Boettcher Trinklein Television Inc. ; [Alexandria, Va.] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, 2008.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : Widescreen version
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This four-part series champions the entertainers who launched an industry. Pioneers of Television takes us back to TV's classic days--and chronicles the icons who still keep us laughing, generation after generation. Packed with hilarious clips and nearly 100 new interviews, this series offers television at its finest."--Container.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Steven J Boettcher; Michael J Trinklein; Jack Jones; Harlan Saperstein; Stephanie Theisen; Boettcher/Trinklein Television, Inc.; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); PBS Distribution (Firm)
ISBN: 9781608834808 1608834808
OCLC Number: 777307661
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Includes public performance rights (PPR).
Title from container.
Special feature: extended interviews with the "Pioneers."
Performer(s): Narrated by Harlan Saperstein.
Target Audience: MPAA: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 220 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, region 1; stereo., NTSC.
Contents: Late night. Steve Allen ; Jack Parr ; Johnny Carson ; Merv, Joey and Dick --
Sitcom. Jackie Gleason ; Lucy and Desi ; Danny Thomas ; Andy Griffith ; Dick Mary and Carl --
Variety. Ed Sullivan ; Milton Berle ; Red Skelton ; Arthur Godfrey ; Perry Como ; Andy Williams ; Pat Boone ; Sid and Imogene ; Carol Burnett ; Somthers Brothers ; Laugh-In ; Flip Wilson ; Tony Orlando --
Game Shows. Mark Goodson ; Ralph Edwards ; Groucho Marx ; The scandals ; Password ; Let's Make a Deal ; Jeopardy ; Wheel of Fortune ; Hollywood Squares ; Chuck Barris ; The emcee job ; Women as emcees ; Bill Cullen.
Other Titles: Pioneers of television (Television program)
Responsibility: PBS ; Boettcher/Trinklein Television presents ; a film by Steven J. Boettcher and Michael J. Trinklein ; edited by Stephanie Theisen ; directed by Steven J. Boettcher ; written by Michael J. Trinklein and Jack Jones.

Abstract:

This four-part series champions the entertainers who launched an industry. Pioneers of Television takes us back to TV's classic days--and chronicles the icons who still keep us laughing, generation after generation. Packed with hilarious clips and nearly 100 new interviews, this series offers television at its finest."--Container.

"Late Night. Steve Allen, Jack Parr, Mer Griffin, Dick Cavett, and Johnny Carson headlines this episode about the performers who gave us a reason to stay up late."--Container.

"Sitcoms. This episode focuses on the influential sitcoms that shaped the genre, including I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, The Andy Griffith Show, and the Dick Van Dyke Show."--Container.

"Game Shows. Tracing one of broad casting's most enduring genres, this episode follows game shows from their origins in radio through to their heyday in the 1960s."--Container.

"Variety. This episode begins with Ed Sullivan, Milton Berle, and Arthur Godfrey--and progresses through Carol Burnett, The Smothers Brothers, and Laugh-in, among others."--Container.

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