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Pioneers of Television

The four-part series examines the people who left their imprint on sitcoms, late-night, variety and game shows in the early days of the medium. The program features interviews with legendary stars, including Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Art Linkletter, Andy Griffith, Betty White, Phyllis Diller, Jim Nabors, Marlo Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Ed McMahon and Merv Griffin. Using never-before-seen images and showcasing timeless clips, the documentary examines the entertainers that provided the classic scenes that still amuse us today.

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Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 - 5:00 PM    "Miniseries" Stars of "Roots," the genre's biggest hit, talk about the groundbreaking series - Le Var Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen and Ed Asner. The episode also considers the first miniseries, "Rich Man, Poor Man" with stars Peter Strauss and Susan Blakely offering fresh insights. Stars of the landmark miniseries "The Thorn Birds" provide commentary on it. G
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