PBS Series "Pioneers of Television" Kicks Off Jan. 15 With "Funny Ladies," About Betty White, Lucille Ball and More

By Michael Gioia
January 15, 2013

The third season of the PBS Emmy-nominated series "Pioneers of Television" — featuring interviews with legendary stars and never-before-seen images about iconic television shows and programming genres — kicks off Jan. 15.



The series will air on Tuesday nights through Feb. 5 from 8-9 PM ET.

The Jan. 15 episode, entitled "Funny Ladies," features the first standup comediennes to appear on television, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. The episode covers Lucille Ball's breakthrough on "I Love Lucy," television's most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett, and features interviews with contemporary actresses including Tina Fey and Margaret Cho.

Following "Funny Ladies" will be "Miniseries" (Feb. 5), which surveys programs that rank among the top-rated episodes in television history. Interviewees include LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen, John Amos, Georg Stanford Brown, Ed Asner, Peter Strauss, Susan Blakely, Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown.

Click here to read more about the programming for PBS' 2013 winter/spring season. 

For more information and a complete list of programming, visit PBS.org.