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Pioneers of Television: Season 3

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 3/10/13

This is a great set to have. I liked it a lot and plan to go back and buy the first two seasons.  This documentary focuses on different types of TV shows from the 60's and 70's. This set includes two of my favorite genres: soaps and superheroes. It also has one for "Funny Ladies" and one for "Miniseries", which I also enjoy. This whole series was very well done and any TV fan should enjoy it.

The Miniseries segment talks about the miniseries of the 70's and 80's. They really were not around before or after that time period, or at least, not in the same format.  It was great to hear the actors talk about their roles on great shoes like "Roots" and "The Thorn Birds".  They don't make too many miniseries today that take up the whole week like those did. Now if they do one, they show one episode per week, like a regular show, or they just have 3 parts. It's not like in the old days.

The segment "Funny Ladies" is mostly about Carol Burnet, Mary Tyler Moore, Lucille Ball, Betty White, Cloris Leachman, and Phyllis Diller. They really should have mentioned some of the earlier ones like Joan Davis as well. It was great to see the clips from the old shows and have the actresses that are still alive talk about them.

"Primetime Soaps" was mostly about Dallas and Dynasty, but it did also mention Peyton Place and focused a little on Knots Landing and Falcon Crest. I enjoyed that segment quite a lot, since I watched all of those shows when they aired.

"Superheroes" focuses on the old Adventures of Superman show, as well as Batman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and The Greatest American Hero. Again, I watched all those shows, and all of the superhero shows since.

Wonderful documentary series!!

MORE INFORMATION:

Before he leads the hunt for America's next superstar this Wednesday night on "American Idol," Ryan Seacrest first explores the world of superstars past -- as host of the four-part PBS series "Pioneers of Television," which debuts Tuesday at 8 PM. Now in its third season, the Emmy-nominated "Pioneers" tells the stories behind iconic TV stars and the shows that made them household names. Seacrest narrates the show including Tuesday's premiere episode "Funny Ladies," which showcases the groundbreaking female comedians who got their start in the early days of TV and continue to influence today's comedic actresses. Among the featured stars in all new interviews: Joan Rivers, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett and the late Phyllis Diller, who makes her final television appearance in an exclusive interview. Future episodes of "Pioneers of Television" include "Primetime Soaps" (January 22), "Superheroes" (January 29) and "Miniseries" (February 5).

NEVER BEFORE SEEN CLIP: See here a clip of Ryan Seacrest describing how Carol Burnett got her big break with a song about loving "the world's most boring man."  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV8mjkdfDXM

Get the inside scoop on TV's formative years from the actors and actresses who starred in the biggest hits. Show clips and new interviews include Carol Burnett, Adam West, Larry Hagman, Joan Collins, Leslie Uggams, Ed Asner, Tina Fey and many others. 4 episodes on 2 DVDs. 2012/color/4 hrs./NR/widescreen.

Details

Artist: Pioneers of Television
Title: Pioneers of Television: Season 3 [2 Discs]
Genre: Television
Release Date: 12 March 2013
Rated: Not Rated
Product Type: DVD
Catalog #: 18401
UPC: 841887018401
Item #: 508030X
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Street Date: 12 March 2013
Studio: PBS HOME VIDEO ( PBSV )
Running Time: 240
Region: 1: USA, Canada
Display: Enhanced Wide Screen Letterbox for 16x9 TV, NTSC
SubTitles: English
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo, English
Disc Info: Discs:2 ~ Format:Ntsc ~ Region:1
Extras: Nr/2 Dvd Pioneers Of Television Clr Dvd-StandardGet the inside scoop on TV's formative years from the actors and actresses who starred in the biggest hits. Show clips and new interviews include Carol Burnette, Adam West, Larry Hagman, Joan Collins, Leslie Uggams, Ed Asner, Tina Fey and many others. 4 episodes on 2 DVDs. 2012/color/4 hrs./NR/widescreen.
Details
Artist: Pioneers of Television
Title: Pioneers of Television: Season 3 [2 Discs]
Genre: Television
Release Date: 12 March 2013
Rated: Not Rated
Product Type: DVD
Catalog #: 18401
UPC: 841887018401
Item #: 508030X
Technical Information View Help for Technical Details
Street Date: 12 March 2013
Studio: PBS HOME VIDEO ( PBSV )
Running Time: 240
Region: 1: USA, Canada
Display: Enhanced Wide Screen Letterbox for 16x9 TV, NTSC
SubTitles: English
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo, English
Disc Info: Discs:2 ~ Format:Ntsc ~ Region:1
Extras: Nr/2 Dvd Pioneers Of Television Clr Dvd-Standard


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