America in Primetime

Episode 4: The Crusader

The Crusader delves into the increasingly grey area between right and wrong as television heroes confront internal demons while seeking their own forms of justice.

"I think we are in a, indeed in a golden age television. I think TV today, pound for pound, storytelling-wise is more interesting, dare I say it than Hollywood movies. And I think it’s because television is first and foremost about storytelling. When you create a TV show, what you hope is that by virtue of the writing, by virtue of the actors you have cast, or the situations the characters find themselves in are so interesting or so dramatic and perilous, that you want to keep coming back for more." - VINCE GILLIGAN, Producer, Breaking Bad

Watch the final episode of America in Primetime, The Crusader

The Crusader interviews include:


Bob Cochran (Creator)
Joel Surnow (Creator)


Sara Colleton (Executive Producer)
Michael C. Hall (Actor, “Dexter Morgan”)

James Manos Jr. (Writer)

Phillips (Executive Producer) 

Homicide: Life on the Street

Tom Fontana (Writer)


Hugh Laurie (Actor, “Gregory House”)
Shore (Creator) 


Alan Alda (Actor, “Hawkeye Pierce”)


Steven Bochco (Creator)
Dennis Franz (Actor, “Andy Sipowicz”)

David Milch (Creator) 

The Shield

Michael Chiklis (Actor, “Vic Mackey”)
Shawn Ryan (Creator)

The Wire

David Simon (Creator)
Michael K. Williams (Actor, “Omar Little”)


Gillian Anderson (Actor, “Dana Scully”)
Chris Carter (Creator)

Vince Gilligan (Writer)



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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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