Pioneers of Television Debuts Tonight

PBS series premieres January 18 through February 8

By Lisa Zion, Contributing Writer
Published on LatinoLA: January 18, 2011

Pioneers of Television Debuts Tonight

Are you tired of flipping the remote control because you cannot find anything worthy to watch with your family? Well, search no more. PBS' Pioneers of Television premiers tonight at 8 PM. This landmark documentary series is narrated by Kelsey Grammer and includes nearly 100 stars from TV's formative years.

These one-hour specials tell fascinating stories, reveal never before seen images and show timeless clips that still entertain decades later. This season's four new episodes profile the pioneers of television science fiction, crime dramas, local kids' shows and westerns.

In tonight's episode, the series focuses on three series: Star Trek, Lost in Space and the Twilight Zone. Some of the highlights are interviews with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Were Shatner and Nimoy the first choices for their respective roles at Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock? Well, you'll have to watch to find out.

Lost in Space was the first space family to reach the outer limits. Who can resist a child star like Bill Mumy? What was it like to be a child actor back in the day? What challenges did the creative team have to film a weekly series with child actors?

The Twilight Zone was a great series that is still popular today. How many young stars got their start on this series? Why did the series suddenly stop? Who were the writers and what challenges did they have?

All these questions and more are answered in this wonderful series. I know that you will enjoy gathering your family, your parents and grandparents too. Grab the popcorn and tune in to this wonderful series.

The series will continue with Westerns on January 25. Crime Dramas on February 1 and Local Kids' TV on February 8.

I will follow up with interviews from some of the celebrities featured on this series. Tuesday evenings will never be the same. So for the next four weeks be sure to gather round the television with your loved ones, turn back the hands of time and see how many future stars you can find.

8 PM ET/PT on PBS.

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