America In Primetime
The new Golden Age of television is now. In the expansive world of modern television, more groundbreaking shows are being created today than ever before. America in Primetime is a 4-part television series for PBS which showcases this iconic American art form.
America in Primetime, which aired in October 2011, is structured around the most compelling shows on television today, weaving between past and present and back again. Each episode focuses on one character archetype that has remained a staple of primetime through the generations – the Independent Woman, the Man of the House, the Misfit, and the Crusader – capturing both the continuity of the character, and the evolution. The finest television today has as its foundation the best television of yesterday.
America in Primetime is a collaboration with the community that creates primetime television. At the heart of the series are more than a hundred in-depth interviews with the top talent in primetime – the creators, writers, actors who give life to characters we have come to know, love and live with. The series presents an extraordinary opportunity to experience the creative process from the inside out.
MAN OF THE HOUSE- In 1950s television, the man of the house was king of his castle, but then he began losing control. Was it all an illusion to begin with?
INDEPENDENT WOMAN Far removed from the model housewife of yesterday, women today on TV care less about pleasing others and more about being true to themselves.
THE MISFIT Whether they are oddballs, losers or just plain weird, misfits have grown beyond comic stereotypes and are taking center stage with a vengeance, refusing to apologize for who they are.
THE CRUSADER Heroes today are complex. Their stories are told with increasing humanity, depicting characters who confront almost impossible choices as they fight evil in a world where the line between right and wrong is often blurred.
America in Primetime was first broadcast in October 2011 on PBS.
- J.M. Suarez reports on AIP for Pop Matters
An analysis of the character archetypes in America in Primetime
The Making of America in Primetime
Diane Clehan, blogger for Media Bistro, interviews Tom Yellin about America in Primetime.
Podcast of Interview with Del Criscenzo
Del Criscenzo, host of Bread and Roses, talks with Tom Yellin about the role of women in American television.
America in Primetime on Nightline
Watch Nightline’s “Spotlight on Primetime TV Roles” featuring highlights from America in Primetime.
- Director, Lloyd Kramer
Director of photography, Logan Schneider
Music, Peter Nashel
Co-Producer, Scott Chestnut
Kayce Freed Jennings
Supervising Producer, Heidi Christenson
Licensing Director, Libby Kreutz
Talent Producer , Courtney Balaker
Production Associate and Researcher , Brian Taylor
Associate Editor, Tyler Anderson
Post Production Supervisor, Marc Tidalgo
James L. Brooks
Jessie Tyler Ferguson
James Manos Jr.
George A. Meyer
Mary Tyler Moore
Mark V. Olsen
Sarah Jessica Parker
Dick Van Dyke