Video: 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.
In this Web-only clip from the PIONEERS OF TELEVISION Betty White talks about being the first woman ever to produce a sitcom—even before Lucille Ball. To learn more about PIONEERS OF TELEVISION... 03:35
Actress Betty White describes performing a favorite skit with Johnny Carson and what happens when everything goes wrong on live television. 02:00
Comedian Dick Cavett recalls meeting a young Johnny Carson on the set of his television show in Omaha, Nebraska. 02:53