Images + Video: Ryan Seacrest Hosts PBS “Pioneers of Television” Premiering Tonight!

 

AMERICAN IDOL: Ryan Seacrest. CR: Warwick Saint / FOX

Pioneers of Television narrator Ryan Seacrest. The Emmy award winning PBS show airs tonight at 8 pm PT. Photo credit: AMERICAN IDOL: Ryan Seacrest. CR: Warwick Saint / FOX

 

 

From co-hosting Golden Globe red carpet coverage on Sunday night, to hosting On-Air with Ryan Seacrest daily, and let’s not forget about American Idol which premieres tomorrow night, it’s easy to see why Ryan Seacrest is widely known as one of the busiest men in television. And he’s adding one more item to his plate, his hit show on PBS Pioneers of Television which is back for a third season and premiering tonight! The Emmy award winning, four part program which Seacrest narrates, tells the stories behind iconic TV stars and the shows that made them household names, and will air at 8 pm PT tonight.

 

Betty White enjoys a moment between scenes on the first “Betty White Show” in 1954. Credit: Courtesy of PBS "Pioneers of Television" Producer: Boettcher Trinklein Productions

Betty White enjoys a moment between scenes on the first “Betty White Show” in 1954. Credit: Courtesy of PBS “Pioneers of Television” Producer: Boettcher Trinklein Productions

 

 

 A rare 1954 color image of Betty White, who was already a beloved TV personality. Credit: Courtesy of PBS "Pioneers of Television"  Producer: Boettcher Trinklein Productions

A rare 1954 color image of Betty White, who was already a beloved TV personality. Credit: Courtesy of PBS “Pioneers of Television” Producer: Boettcher Trinklein Productions

 

 

Cloris Leachman has won more Primetime Emmy awards than any other actor.    Credit: Courtesy of PBS "Pioneers of Television"  Producer: Boettcher Trinklein Productions

Unknown fact: Cloris Leachman has won more Primetime Emmy awards than any other actor. Credit: Courtesy of PBS “Pioneers of Television” Producer: Boettcher Trinklein Productions

 

Tonight’s episode titled “Funny Ladies” will showcase groundbreaking female comedians like Joan Rivers, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett and the late Phyllis Diller (who made her final television appearance in an exclusive interview) who got their start in the early days of television and are still influential to today’s comedic actresses.

 

A rare 1954 color image of Betty White, who was already a beloved TV personality. Credit: Courtesy of PBS "Pioneers of Television"  Producer: Boettcher Trinklein Productions. Credit: Courtesy of PBS "Pioneers of Television"  Producer: Boettcher Trinklein Productions

Cast of the Mary Tyler Moore show (L-R) Gavin MacLeod, Cloris Leachman, Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Ted Knight. Credit: Courtesy of PBS “Pioneers of Television”  Producer: Boettcher Trinklein Productions

 

 

Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore embrace on-set of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Credit: Courtesy of PBS "Pioneers of Television"  Producer: Boettcher Trinklein Productions

Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore embrace on-set of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Credit: Courtesy of PBS “Pioneers of Television” Producer: Boettcher Trinklein Productions

 

 

Future episodes of “Pioneers of Television” include “Primetime Soaps” (January 22), “Superheroes” (January 29) and “Miniseries” (February 5).

 

 NEVER BEFORE SEEN CLIP of Ryan Seacrest describing how Carol Burnett got her big break with a song about loving “the world’s most boring man.”

 

 

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