On Tuesday the PBS series Pioneers of Television airs turns its attention to science fiction, with an episode honoring a number of luminaries in the field, including Gene Roddenberry. The episode will feature new interviews with Star Trek stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols. Watch preview clips below.
Pioneers of Television honors Gene Roddenberry
The PBS series Pioneers of Television returns for its second season on Tuesday January 18th at 8 PM (7 central). The series focuses on "the visionaries who shaped a fledgling medium with their creativity, foresight and wisdom." This season will look at the originators of innovative television formats, with four episodes dedicated to a different genre: science fiction, Westerns, crime dramas and local kids’ TV, each narrated by Kelsey Grammer.
Here is a preview of the season:
Tuesday’s episode will focus on science fiction pioneers including Gene Roddenberry, Rod Serling, and Irwin Allen, and will include interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and other science-fiction stars.
Here is a preview of Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols from the science fiction episode:
And here are some clips of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy from the "Westerns" episode, airing January 25th.
More information on Tuesday’s episode of Pioneers of Television on "science fiction" available at pbs.org.