Mondays in July on KLRU Q feature Pioneers of Television and America in Primetime.
9:00pm Pioneers of Television “Funny Ladies” – This episode features the first standup comediennes to appear on television – legends such as Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. It 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. The episode covers television’s most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett, and features interviews with contemporary actresses including Tina Fey and Margaret Cho.
10:00pm America in Primetime “Independent Women” – Witness the transformation of women from model housewives to complex, and sometimes controversial, characters. Interviews include Roseanne Barr (“Roseanne”); Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”); Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”), Robert and Michelle King and Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”); James L. Brooks and Mary Tyler Moore (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”); Shonda Rhimes and Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”); and Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem (“Nurse Jackie”) among others.
9:00pm Pioneers of Television “Sitcoms” – This episode focuses on five key sitcoms: “I Love Lucy,” “The Honeymooners,” “Make Room for Daddy,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”
10:00 America in Primetime “Man of the House” – This episode showcases the evolution of the man of the house from the king of his castle in classic family sitcoms to a more intricate, conflicted figure in modern shows. Interviews include Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner (“The Cosby Show”); David Chase (“The Sopranos”); Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”); Ron Howard (“The Andy Griffith Show”); Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”); and Phil Rosenthal and Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), among others.
9:00pm Pioneers of Television “Variety” – This episode begins with Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town” and Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theater” and progresses through “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Smothers Brothers” and “Laugh-in,” among others.
10:00pm America in Primetime “The Misfit” – Celebrate the unique characters who defied comic stereotypes and societal expectations to reflect America’s diverse personalities. Interviews include Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”); Diablo Cody (“The United States of Tara”); Greg Daniels and Rainn Wilson (“The Office”); Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Seinfeld”); Paul Feig and Judd Apatow (“Freaks and Geeks”); Mitchell Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”); Mike Judge (“Beavis and Butthead”); and Garry Shandling (“The Larry Sanders Show”), among others.
8:00 pm Pioneers of Television “Miniseries” – Miniseries still rank among the top-rated programs in television history; they were major events that captured the nation’s imagination. “Roots” was the biggest – several of the stars are interviewed about that groundbreaking series. This episode also considers the very first miniseries, “Rich Man, Poor Man,” as stars Peter Strauss and Susan Blakely offer fresh insights. All of the key players from the landmark miniseries “The Thorn Birds” appear, providing surprising commentary about the romance seen by more viewers than any other in TV history.
9:00pm Pioneers of Television “Primetime Soaps” – “Dallas” and “Dynasty” kicked off the nighttime soap frenzy in the late 1970s and spun off the long-lasting series “Knots Landing.” Sometimes forgotten is the genre’s antecedent: 1964’s “Peyton Place,” which starred Mia Farrow and Ryan O’Neal.
10:00pm America in Primetime “The Crusader” – Delve into the increasingly grey area between right and wrong as television heroes confront internal demons while seeking their own forms of justice. Interviews include Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H”); Steven Bochco and David Milch (“NYPD Blue”); Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”); Bob Cochran and Joel Surnow (“24”); Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”); Shawn Ryan and Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”); and David Shore and Hugh Laurie (“House”), among others.