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Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing

Stempel, Tom

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ISBN 10: 0826405622 / ISBN 13: 9780826405623
Editorial: Continuum Intl Pub Group, 1992
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Librería: Better World Books (Mishawaka, IN, Estados Unidos de America)

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Título: Storytellers to the Nation: A History of ...

Editorial: Continuum Intl Pub Group

Año de publicación: 1992

Condición del libro:Good

Edición: First Edition.

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Jam-packed with hundreds of anecdotes and quotes from in-depth interviews with over forty television writers, this is the first comprehensive history of writing for American television. These writers tell, often in wonderfully funny tales, of their experiences working with, and often fighting with, the networks, the censors, the sponsors, the producers, and the stars in trying to create shows that millions of Americans love (and sometimes hate - the flops are here, too). Not only do we learn about the inside workings of such famous TV writers as Paddy Chayefsky, Rod Serling, Gore Vidal (yes), Norman Lear, and Steven Bochco, but about the many less famous who have written for countless comedy, variety, and dramatic shows over the years.
Here are wide-ranging firsthand accounts of writing I Love Lucy, Your Show of Shows, Maverick, The Defenders, Laugh-In, Police Story, All in the Family, Shogun, M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues, thirtysomething, China Beach, and many others. Among the stars wandering through the writers' dreams (and sometimes nightmares) are Lucille Ball, James Garner, Carroll O'Connor, Suzanne Somers, Jack Lord, Penny Marshall, and many more.
Rich with insight into American television, Storytellers to the Nation puts TV into a wider perspective to show how it, and the writers who have written for it for over forty years, have helped to change and open up American society.

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Rich with humor and insight, Tom Stempel's book showcases the behind-the-scenes writers of the best and worst American television shows. Writers from Paddy Chayefsky to Steven Bochco recount their experiences of working and fighting with network producers, censors, and the stars. The shows include I Love Lucy, All in the Family, and thirtysomething, as well as others that never made it past a failed pilot. Using interviews and informal anecdotes, Stempel has compiled the first in-depth historical account of the making of television's most renowned moments.

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