Greg Cox wrote:
Speaking of which, PBS's "Pioneers of Television" show is doing an episode on "Superheroes" tonight, looking back at "Batman," "Wonder Woman," "The Incredible Hulk," etc.
Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.
And it's apparently a new episode, which is odd, since Robert Culp and Stephen J. Cannell both passed away in 2010. So they must've done those interviews quite a while ago.
It was an okay special, but it had a few errors. Mainly it perpetuated the myth that Batman comics were normally serious and the TV show took a different approach by lightening up. In fact, the comics were only dark and serious for the first year or two, becoming lighter and more kid-friendly as soon as Robin was introduced in 1940, and through most of the '50s and '60s they had become quite goofy, colorful, and fanciful. The TV show was actually quite a faithful translation of the way the comics were done at the time.
Also, they showed a picture of Julie Newmar's Catwoman to represent Lee Meriwether.