Pioneers of Television
by Phil Boatwright

Taking a look back at the nascent days of what was to become the most powerful medium of the 20th century and its indelible impact on America and the world, the four-part PBS documentary PIONEERS OF TELEVISION debuts on DVD January 29, 2008 from PBS Home Video and Paramount Home Entertainment.  Featuring brand new, compelling interviews from nearly 100 classic stars along with archival footage from some of television’s most celebrated moments, PIONEERS OF TELEVISION offers a fresh take on the medium’s first celebrities.  The documentary features the recollections and nostalgia of such celebrated figures as Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Regis Philbin, Andy Griffith, Betty White, Dick Cavett, Tim Conway, Tony Orlando, Ed McMahon, Phyllis Diller and many, many more.

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION examines sitcoms, late-night talk shows, variety shows and game shows through fascinating stories, some never-before-seen images and timeless clips that still entertain decades after their original broadcast.  The PIONEERS OF TELEVISION DVD includes extended interviews with some of the original trailblazers including Phyllis Diller, Dick Cavett, Florence Henderson, Betty White, Merv Griffin, Jonathan Winters and Tim Conway; and will be released to coincide with the premiere airing of the documentary on PBS.

Available for $24.99, PIONEERS OF TELEVISION is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 2.0 Stereo.  Total runtime is 220 minutes.