TV Land to Chronicle Blacks on TV

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Pasadena, Calif. -- TV Land will air a three-part series focusing on the
history of African Americans on television beginning Feb. 1.

In the most ambitious original production in its history, the one-hour
episodes will focus on African-American contributions, both in front of and
behind the camera, in the areas of dramas, comedies and variety shows, TV Land
senior vice president and general manager Larry Jones said.

The series will reair in its entirety on Nick at Nite Feb. 24 and again on TV
Land March 1.

The special will feature interviews and portrayals of several
African-American actors and actresses, including Harry Belafonte, Cicely Tyson,
Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Robert Guillaume, Diahann Carroll and Marla
Gibbs.

'The series will present authentic, first-person accounts of how
African-American actors, producers, directors and writers dealt with racial bias
and stereotypes to help shape and mold the medium of television,' Jones said at
the Television Critics Association tour here.

In a separate announcement, TV Land said it will bow popular 1960s series
Batman April 29 with a weeklong primetime
marathon.

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