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SCHEDULING NOTE: Roundtable will air at 89.5 FM at 12:30 p.m. today, instead of noon.

America In Primetime: The Crusader

Airs Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Actor Michael K. Williams is featured in AMERICA IN PRIMETIME.

AMERICA IN PRIMETIME presents some of the most compelling shows on television today, as well as those of the past, by focusing on key character archetypes — the man of the house, the independent woman, the misfit and the crusader — that have remained a staple of primetime through the generations, capturing both the continuity of the character and the evolution.

The show features more than a hundred in-depth interviews with the creators, writers and actors who give life to the characters whom audiences have come to love, and demonstrates how the finest television today has its foundation in the best television of yesterday.

The four-part series premieres Sundays, October 30 through November 20, 2011. "Independent Woman" will air on Sunday, October 30 at 8 p.m. "Man of the House" will air on November 6 at 8 p.m. "The Misfit" will air on November 13 at 8 p.m. "The Crusader" will air on November 20 at 8 p.m.

TV Trivia: America In Primetime

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"The Crusader" - Delve into the increasingly grey area between right and wrong as television heroes confront internal demons while seeking their own forms of justice. Interviews include Alan Alda (“MASH”); Steven Bochco and David Milch (“NYPD Blue”); Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”); Bob Cochran and Joel Surnow (“24”); Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”); Shawn Ryan and Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”); and David Shore and Hugh Laurie (“House”), among others.

Episodes "The Independent Woman," "Man Of The House," and "The Misfit" are available for online viewing.

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The Crusader: David Simon

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Above: David Simon, writer of "The Wire" discusses the character of Omar and the profession of 'stick up' boys.

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Series Preview: America In Primetime

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