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Pioneers of television

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I noticed that tonight on our local pbs station, they are having a one hour "Pioneers of television" talking about the 50's and 6o's westerns that many of us remember. They've done episodes on comedy and variety shows and I thought were very entertaining. If it's not on tonight in your area they repeat the shows several times. Smokin Gator

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Already got the recorder set, since I got a meeting scheduled.

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watched it

i think they dwelled too much on just a few shows

there were so many more shows they could have mentioned

but failed to do so

i know it was just a hour show but it seemed like they spent

half the time talking about gunsmoke

should have been spread out more

but thats just my opinion

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They could have used another two hours and not run out of old TV westerns to discuss--- and I wish they had!

 

Trooper

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I enjoyed the show. The one last week was good too.

 

Yes, they could have spent at least another two hours covering the other westerns but a lot of times money and air time govern what a director can do.

 

I'm happy with what I saw. Brought back a lot of memories.

 

My $.02.

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I enjoyed the show, they sure highlighted the main ones with the highest rating I guess which is understandable, it brought back some fond memories for sure

 

 

All for now JD Trampas

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I thought it was pretty well done. Given the hour they had, it was a good first lick at the subject and nice to see the still living (or now recently deceased for a couple) actors.

 

I would hope they do more in the pioneer series on the westerns. It is fertile ground for them and great memories for us! Translates to ratings.....

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Did anyone catch the big boo-boo?

 

They claimed that Disney came up with the DANIEL BOONE show. Not true.

 

Parker & producer Aaron Rosenberg (who had produced many of the James Stewart Westerns of the 1950s) planned on a TV series based on Davy Crockett to be produced by 20th Century-Fox Studios. Disney told them he held the rights to Davy Crockett and that basically killed that idea.

 

So they said, what about Daniel Boone? He wore a coonskin cap. And that is how DANIEL BOONE the TV series came to be.

 

BTW, I hardly recognized Fess Parker at first.

 

One reason why they focused on certain shows & not others is based on who they can interview or obtain recent interviews of. That is why such people & shows as Clayton Moore/The Lone Ranger, Richard Boone/Have Gun-Will Travel, etc. were not covered as much. Plus when you have an hour slot (actually the show ran about 50 minutes), you have to focus on certain shows.

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