Tying in with its excellent Pioneers of Television series, PBS will be taking elements from that series to air a one-hour remembrance special of Robin Williams, including Williams’ last full-length television interview. The program, called Robin Williams Remembered: A Pioneers of Television Special, airs Sept. 9 at 9pm ET on PBS (check local listings).
“We were fortunate to sit down with Robin Williams quite recently for the Pioneers of Television series,” said executive producer Steve Boettcher, in a release. “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.”
Featured in the special is never-before-seen footage of Williams’ 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.
Included among those who knew him well is an exclusive, new interview with Williams’ former Mork & Mindy costar Pam Dawber, who shares for the first time on camera since his death, her memories of working with him (according to the release, the two had remained friends long after the show’s end, and Dawber had just spoken with Williams a few weeks before his death).
Boettcher and Mike Trinklein also interviewed other celebrities and friends of Robin Williams 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 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.
Robin Williams Remembered — A Pioneers of Television Special premieres Sept. 9 at 9pm ET on PBS (check local listings).
Photo: Courtesy of ABC; Photographer: Gerald B. Wolfe