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Pioneers of Television

Television's first stars reminisce about their work. 

Ryan Seacrest (Narrator), Kelsey Grammer (Narrator)

01:30 AM
"Sitcoms"  Joyce Randolph provides insight into Jackie Gleason; Marlo Thomas reminisces about her father, Danny; Andy Griffith on what made his show work; Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke recount their work together.  (Repeat) WNET
02:30 AM
"Late Night"  The stories of Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson; Merv Griffin emerges on the late night scene; Regis Philbin on his years as Joey Bishop's sidekick.  (Repeat) WNET
03:30 AM
"Variety"  Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" and Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater"; Tim Conway and Jonathan Winters share funny stories; Pat Boone; Tommy Smothers.  (Repeat) WNET
04:30 AM
"Game Shows"  Bob Barker; Merv Griffin creates "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy"; Monty Hall; Betty White; Phyllis Diller's first television appearance.  (Repeat) WNET
Pioneers of Television

A follow-up to the highly rated ``Pioneers of Primetime,'' this documentary series features interviews with leading figures from the worlds of sitcoms, game shows, variety and late-night television, including Art Linkletter, Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Andy Williams, Phyllis Diller, Jim Nabors, Betty White, Jonathan Winters, Marlo Thomas, Bob Barker, Merv Griffin, Ed McMahon and Tommy Smothers, among many others.

Current cast
Ryan Seacrest

Program data from Tribune Media Services, Inc.