America in Primetime

The Episodes

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 and actors who give life to characters we have come to know, love and live with.

Diablo Cody

Episode 1: Independent Woman

Airs Sunday, Oct. 30 at 8:00 pm (check local listings)

Far removed from the model housewife of yesterday, women today on TV care less about pleasing others, and more about being true to themselves.

Norman Lear

Episode 2: Man of the House

Airs Sunday, Nov. 6 at 8:00 pm (check local listings)

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?                       

Rainn Wilson

Episode 3: The Misfit

Airs Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8:00 pm (check local listings)

Whether they are oddballs, losers, or just plain weird, misfit characters have grown beyond comic stereotypes and are taking center stage with a vengeance, refusing to apologize for who they are.

Michael K. Williams

Episode 4: The Crusader

Airs Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8:00 pm (check local listings)

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 Funders

America in Primetime is a production of WETA Washington, DC, and The Documentary Group, in association with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. Funding is provided by Dove, a Unilever brand; the Annenberg Foundation; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

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