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Be Sure to Watch! Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction

Posted on 16 Dec 2010

Image of Spock and Kirk on the bridge of the Enterprise

Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction Storytellers Gene Roddenberry, Irwin Allen and Rod Serling created the storylines and characters behind the best-loved futuristic television of their time. But as Roddenberry's "Star Trek" competed for ratings with Allen's "Lost in Space," each show's creator aimed for a very different direction. The first episode of Pioneers of Television Season Two explores how Roddenberry and Serling (of "The Twilight Zone") used the future as a stage for modern morality plays, and William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and other science-fiction stars describe how they prepared to interact on-camera with a malevolent alien force ... or, perhaps, a giant radish.
Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction airs Tuesday, January 18 at 7 p.m.