GrammerNarrates PBS TV Retrospective

Kelsey Grammer
has been tapped to narrate PBS' latest installment of Pioneers of
, this one a four-part series looking at genres of early
television and the actors that populated them.

PBS has also
announced the debut dates of the four shows, all airing at 8-9 p.m.,
and almost all containing lineups straight from a Baby Boomer's video
collection. Science fiction (Star Trek, Lost
in Space, Twilight Zone
) will air Jan. 18, Westerns (Davy Crockett;
Maverick; Bonanza; Wild, Wild West
) on Jan. 25; Crime Dramas
(Untouchable, Mission Impossible, Mannix, I Spy, Policewoman) on Feb. 1,
and Local Kids TV (Romper Room, Jim Henson's Muppets,
Larry Harmon's Bozo
) Feb. 8.

The shows are being produced for PBS by Boettcher/Trinklein Productions.

Past shows
have looked at sitcoms, variety shows and late night. They will be
reprised on PBS at 8-9 p.m. for the three weeks following the new series
(Feb. 15-Mar. 1).

Among talent
from in front of and behind the camera being interviewed for the this
latest retrospective are James Garner, William Shatner, Leonard
Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Angie Dickinson, Bill Cosby,
Robert Culp, Stefanie Powers, Martin Landau, Peter Graves, Robert
Conrad, Linda Evans, Mike Connors, Fess Parker and Stephen J. Cannell.

To celebrate
the premiere, a Legendary Women of Television event is being held Jan.
16 at New York's 92nd Street Y featuring four of those women, Dickinson
(Police Woman); Evans (The Big Valley), 
Nichols (Star Trek) and Powers (The Girl From UNCLE).

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.