Pioneers of Primetime
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The 1930s was the decade of the radio, as it had a large number of celebrities performing audio theatrical plays and comedies. However, the radio began to fade out of its stardom when the television seized its grip of the American population through shows such as Red Skelton Revue, Love Lucy, and The Milton Berle Show. These shows spread the word of the television, as these new TV stars awakened the curiosity within millions of Americans. Their performances, simply put, vastly increased the television sales, as countless people had the desire to experience these shows.
With the increasing attention for television, the new market demanded more talent, which they drew from the radio programs and vaudeville shows. These groundbreakers in network televisions were threading on never before explored territory, as they simply brought their talents and skills to the television world. They prepared in the same manner while their audience grew from what possible on stage. In addition, the ability to have moving images together with the sound pushed radio aside while ever-growing dedicated viewers sat down in front of their small televisions with TV dinners.
It was a time before Teleprompters and taped programming. These were the days when TV comedians and stars were under the gun of live television during each and every episode.Read more ›
Buy it, watch it with your kids and discuss what TV and Radio (Vaudeville) comedy meant to people during the Depression and WWII.
I am too young to remember most of the performers featured here, but seeing these highlights of the moments that made them famous was just like listening to the older generation of my own family reminiscing about their favorites.
As such, PIONEERS OF PRIMETIME is both an education and an evocative depiction of an earlier era.
This feature makes the point that only five or six performers crossed successfully from vaudeville in the earliest decades of the 20th century, through the "radio days" and on to television, which they created as much as they succeeded in as stars.
Bob Hope, Burns & Allen, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Red Skelton and one or two others make up this small group.
Several other stars were involved primarily in the "Golden Days" of television, such as Lucy & Desi and Sid Caesar.
So many viewers will find PIONEERS OF PRIMETIME to be fascinating viewing: those with an interest in the formation of the medium of television, those who enjoy comedy, those who would like to relive the early days of the 20th century. For anyone who falls into these categories, this video should not be missed.
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And I was born 6 August 1949. I enjoyed the hell out of this program.
TV -- as we know it -- was born in 1939: A World Fair somewhere, probably
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STOP right here. It's a waste of time to go any further. The first review is SO right on! This DVD is much more about Vaudeville than TV (Period)Published on April 10, 2008 by M. G. PHILLIPS
Where is the prime time part of this documentary? They spent far too much time on radio and vaudeville. Read morePublished on February 12, 2008 by David Smith
The Pioneers of Primetime has great production value, but is to short. The subject should really have been covered as a documentary not as an hour long show on the subject. Read morePublished on November 21, 2005 by Tom Loren