African Americans in Television Variety
First Aired: February 1, 2002
Chronicling the contribution of black entertainers to TV variety shows. Included: Nat “King” Cole hosts a short-lived series in 1956; Flip Wilson breaks barriers in the '70s; “In Living Color” (1990-94) revitalizes the format. Also: a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.; the influence of Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor. Among those interviewed are Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Quincy Jones and Chris Rock, along with Nancy Wilson, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier and Robert Guillaume.
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- Premiered: March 14, 2000
- Rating: None
- Premise: Popular TV series are celebrated in this nostalgic retrospective, which includes episodic clips, behind-the-scenes footage and comments by cast members, production personnel and fans. (more)