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Prime time, prime movers : from I love Lucy to L.A. law--America's greatest tv shows and the people who created them

Author: David Marc; Robert J Thompson
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, ©1992 .
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Television is the most maligned of the modern media. Critics and even viewers casually call it the "boob tube" or the "idiot box" or even "bubble gum for the eyes." But in the hands of certain individuals it can become a creative canvas, a dramatic art that opens a distinctive window on our culture. There is a growing argument--an auteur theory--that despite all the commercial constraints, the television producer is
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Marc; Robert J Thompson
ISBN: 0316545899 9780316545891
OCLC Number: 24107405
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 336 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. Comedy --
1. From Performer Authorship to Producer's Genre --
2. Paul Henning: Corn King --
3. Sherwood Schwartz: An Empire of His Own --
4. Norman Lear: A Post-McCarthy Sitcom --
5. James L. Brooks: An American Comedy of Manners --
6. Garry Marshall: Back to the Future --
7. Susan Harris: Seriously Funny --
8. Diane English: The Superwoman as Comic Hero --
9. Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner: The Family Moderne --
10. Comedy: Honorable Mention --
Pt. 2. Drama --
11. The Golden Age of Television Drama: The Writer as Auteur --
12. Jack Webb: The Struggle Against Evil --
13. Roy Huggins: Let Cooler Heads Prevail --
14. Quinn Martin: Republican Supersleuths --
15. Aaron Spelling: Crime, Punishment, and Affirmative Action --
16. Glen Larson: Hacking Away --
17. Richard Levinson and William Link: The Rotating Umbrella --
18. Lee Rich: Blood, Soap, and Dirty Laundry --
19. Stephen J. Cannell: Action/Adventure Mogul --
20. Steven Bochco: Yuppie Catharsis --
21. Michael Mann: Knowing the Score --
22. Drama: Honorable Mention --
Pt. 3. Other Genres --
23. The Edges of Prime Time: Gamesters, Soapsters, Documentarians --
24. Mark Goodson: The Gameshow King --
25. Chuck Barris: Life's a Dirty Game --
26. Irna Phillips: Queen of the Soaps --
27. Agnes Nixon: Soap Opera Goes Post-Victorian --
28. David Wolper: From Documentary to Docudrama --
29. Ken Burns: The Art of the Artifact.
Responsibility: David Marc and Robert J. Thompson.

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