Tuesday TV Picks: ‘Pioneers of Television’ on KCTS
TV picks for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, include PBS’ “Pioneers of Television” on KCTS, “Happy Endings” on ABC and “Parenthood” on NBC.
Tonight in Prime Time
‘Pioneers of Television’
This great PBS-documentary series returns for a third season with a new episode that looks at the first female stand-up comics to appear on television (including Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers), and others who have helped shape the medium. Also featured are Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Marla Gibbs, Carol Burnett, Tina Fey and Margaret Cho. 8 p.m. Tuesday on KCTS (seattletimes.com/tvlistings).
Also on Tuesday
“NCIS,” 8 p.m. (CBS): After an event that hits close to home, the team unites to find answers and protect vulnerable colleagues.
“Ben and Kate,” 8:30 p.m. (Fox): Tommy introduces his new girlfriend to the gang; Ben goes forward with his business plan.
“Happy Endings,” 9 p.m. (ABC): Jane’s ex comes to visit, surprising Brad with the fact that she’s a woman; Max gets a new roommate who quickly upgrades their place with new furniture and gadgets.
“Ultimate Guide to the Presidents,” 9 p.m. (History): An eight-year war of independence — followed by intense political debate — produces a government by and for the people; six presidents make the transition from old traditions to an expansion of land, influence and opportunity.
“Parenthood,” 10 p.m. (NBC): Joel and Julia consider the long-term effects of adopting Victor; Jasmine and Crosby are frustrated when Renee oversteps her boundaries; Hank is concerned when Mark and Sarah have a talk about their relationship.
“Justified,” 10 p.m. (FX): Raylan tangles with a dangerous family keeping a dark secret; Boyd takes on a snake-handling preacher.
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