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PBS' "Pioneers of Television" is back for its third season this month -- now narrated by one of today's busiest personalities in that business, Ryan Seacrest -- with four new episodes devoted to some of the most memorable moments and people in popular TV genres.

"Funny Ladies," which kicks off the run of new episodes Tuesday, Jan. 15, begins with the first female comedians to appear on television, including Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller, whose final interview was for this episode. It also looks at Lucille Ball's breakthrough on "I Love Lucy" and the female sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs.

Cloris Leachman -- who is one of the funniest ladies in television history and is also featured in this episode -- speaks to the nature of being able to make people laugh versus more dramatic acting roles.

"Each one is important," she tells Zap2it. »

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