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PBS to Air Primetime Soap Special

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With PBS being most famous right now as the network of Downton Abbey for its American viewers, it's only fitting they should air a primetime soap special.  Since 2008, the series Pioneers of Televsion has documented the early rise of various television genres.

 On Jan. 22, audiences will see an episode entitled, "Primetime Soaps," which will examine the first love triangles, baby swaps and mental breakdowns to reach primetime viewers.  Shows such as Peyton Place,Dynasty, Knots Landing, and Dallas will be examined.  Watch the PBS promo after the jump!

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These were the first serials of night time TV.  Without such groundbreaking shows, today's viewers might never have met Beverly Hill 90210's Brenda Walsh, Grey's Anatomy's Meredith, or Downton Abbey's own Dowager Countess. Whether you watched Dynasty and Dallas back in the day, or tune in every week for the Dallas reboot on TNT and Scandal, this special seems must-see for any fan of the genre.  

Pioneers of Television: Primetime Soaps will air Jan. 22 at 8 pm EST.

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