Eight shares last in-depth interview with Robin Williams on Robin Williams Remembered: A Pioneers of Television Special – September 9 at 8 p.m.
Sept. 2, 2014
One-Hour Special Reveals Last In-Depth Television Interview of Robin Williams; Emmy-Nominated Series Offers Star-Studded Celebration of the Late Actor’s Work, Including Exclusive, New Interview With Former Co-Star Pam Dawber
PHOENIX – (Sept. 2, 2014) In celebration of award-winning comedian, TV star, and film and stage actor Robin Williams, who lives on in fond memories of audiences worldwide, Eight, Arizona PBS will premiere ROBIN WILLIAMS REMEMBERED – A PIONEERS OF TELEVISION SPECIAL on September 9, 2014, at 8 PM.
The one-hour special will feature Williams’ last full-length television interview as well as never-before-seen footage of his comments on life and work, tributes by those who knew and worked with him closely in all phases of his career, and clips from iconic moments throughout his career. Williams shares stories about his first stand-up act, his desire to be a serious dramatic actor and his tireless efforts to entertain U.S. troops overseas. The program also includes an exclusive, sit-down interview with his former co-star Pam Dawber (“Mork & Mindy”), where she publicly shares, for the first time on camera since his death, her memories of working with Williams.
Celebrities and friends of the late actor were recently interviewed by filmmakers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein at the famed Comedy Store in Los Angeles, where they shared stories and discussed Williams’ body of work, from stand-up to television to film. Featured interviews include remembrances from co-stars Henry Winkler (“Happy Days”) and Yakov Smirnoff (“Moscow on the Hudson”), to fellow comedians Louie Anderson, Paul Rodriguez, Rick Overton, Blake Clark and Pauly Shore, and comedy producer George Schlatter. Other interviews about Williams include Penny Marshall, the late Jonathan Winters, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller and Jimmie Walker.
“PBS is proud to share with viewers a celebration of this comic genius’s life, through recollections from friends and colleagues, and reflections from Robin himself,” said Donald Thoms, PBS Vice President of General Audience Programming.
“We were fortunate to sit down with Robin Williams quite recently for the Pioneers of Television series,” said executive producer Steve Boettcher. “We wanted to share with PBS viewers the Robin that we saw – the very unassuming, caring, genuine and gentle man who took his acting seriously, but was able to make others laugh. We hope this special provides more insight to this incredible man, in his own words.”