February 14, 2008

Pioneers of Television DVD Featuring Lucille Ball


Pioneers of Television DVD was released January 29th and features the PBS Documentary from Late Night TV, Sitcoms, Variety Shows and Game Shows. Although not as comprehensive on each of its subjects, you're going to see some TV footage, photos, and interviews you've never seen before.

For Late Night TV it features tons of rare footage from early talk shows such as Broadway Open House (which later became Tonight Show), Steve Allen's Tonight Show, Jack Paar, and even some early footage of Johnny Carson's first episode of The Tonight Show.

For Sitcoms it features The Dick Van Dyke Show, Honeymooners, The Andy Griffith Show, and of course, there's also lots of time spent on Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in I Love Lucy.

For Variety Shows, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Smothers Brothers, Laugh-In, and Your Show of Shows are featured.

There's a ton of great footage of early game shows, including an odd low-budget late 40s show hosted by Dennis James called Okay, Mother, as well as Bob Barker's Truth or Consequences and The Price is Right. Also, 1950s shows like The $64,000 Challenge, Twenty-One, and Dotto as well as later shows, Password, Let's Make A Deal, and Hollywood Squares.

Many celebrity interviews are given and alot is packed into this PBS Documentary. For more information, read the review at TV Squad.

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