Pioneers of Television "Funny Ladies"

Pioneers of Television "Funny Ladies"

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 8:00pm

Pictured: Joan Rivers

Credit: Courtesy of SOFA Entertainment/TJL

See the first standup comediennes to appear on television and the sitcom stars who followed. Emmy-award winning radio personality, television host and producer Ryan Seacrest has signed on to narrate the third season of Pioneers of Television, PBS’ Emmy-nominated series that brings to life the stories of television’s most beloved stars. Pioneers of Television returns to WXXI World on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8 p.m. with Funny Ladies.

This episode begins with the first standup comediennes to appear on television, including Joan Rivers and the late Phyllis Diller — whose final interview was for this episode. Funny Ladies also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on I Love Lucy and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. Television’s most beloved variety star, Carol Burnett, reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of her long- running show. The episode also includes interviews with contemporary actresses Tina Fey and Margaret Cho.