The Resource Prime time, prime movers : from I Love Lucy to L.A. Law--America's greatest tv shows and the people who created them, David Marc and Robert J. Thompson

Prime time, prime movers : from I Love Lucy to L.A. Law--America's greatest tv shows and the people who created them, David Marc and Robert J. Thompson

Label
Prime time, prime movers : from I Love Lucy to L.A. Law--America's greatest tv shows and the people who created them
Title
Prime time, prime movers
Title remainder
from I Love Lucy to L.A. Law--America's greatest tv shows and the people who created them
Statement of responsibility
David Marc and Robert J. Thompson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 capable of using TV as a medium of personal expression."--BOOK JACKET. "Prime Time, Prime Movers is an entertaining and informative guide to the major creators of televisual art who have emerged over the past forty-five years. From dominant performers such as Jackie Gleason and Carol Burnett to powerhouse producers such as Norman Lear and Steven Bochco, it reviews the stories and styles of the most important architects of the airwaves."--BOOK JACKET. "Milton Berle brought a "hellzapoppin'" vaudeville aesthetic to TV. Gleason used it as an autobiographical medium. Red Skelton was the classic clown from the heartland. Paul Henning, who created, wrote, and produced The Beverly Hillbillies, was himself a kid from Missouri who grew up to become a millionaire in Los Angeles. Norman Lear modeled Archie Bunker after his own cantankerous father. Steven Bochco productions, such as Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law, made TV watching respectable for yuppies."--BOOK JACKET. "Authors David Marc and Robert J. Thompson are the most outspoken proponents of the auteur argument. Covering a broad spectrum of TV programming formats, from old-time variety shows to sitcoms, from action/adventure shows to documentaries, from gameshows to soap operas, they challenge the tastes and interests of television viewers--a group roughly equivalent to the American population at large."--BOOK JACKET
Member of
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Marc, David
Dewey number
791.45/092/273
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1992.3.U5
LC item number
M264 1992
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Television programs
  • Television broadcasting
  • Television broadcasting
Target audience
adult
Label
Prime time, prime movers : from I Love Lucy to L.A. Law--America's greatest tv shows and the people who created them, David Marc and Robert J. Thompson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography references (p. [309]-314) and index
Contents
  • 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.
  • Pt. 1.
  • 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.
  • Comedy.
  • 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.
  • 1.
  • 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
  • From Performer Authorship to Producer's Genre.
  • 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.
  • 2.
  • 27.
  • Agnes Nixon: Soap Opera Goes Post-Victorian.
  • 28.
  • David Wolper: From Documentary to Docudrama.
  • 29.
  • Ken Burns: The Art of the Artifact
  • Paul Henning: Corn King.
  • 3.
  • Sherwood Schwartz: An Empire of His Own.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
336 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780316545891
Lccn
91026911
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM24107405
  • CARL024107405 1
Label
Prime time, prime movers : from I Love Lucy to L.A. Law--America's greatest tv shows and the people who created them, David Marc and Robert J. Thompson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography references (p. [309]-314) and index
Contents
  • 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.
  • Pt. 1.
  • 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.
  • Comedy.
  • 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.
  • 1.
  • 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
  • From Performer Authorship to Producer's Genre.
  • 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.
  • 2.
  • 27.
  • Agnes Nixon: Soap Opera Goes Post-Victorian.
  • 28.
  • David Wolper: From Documentary to Docudrama.
  • 29.
  • Ken Burns: The Art of the Artifact
  • Paul Henning: Corn King.
  • 3.
  • Sherwood Schwartz: An Empire of His Own.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
336 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780316545891
Lccn
91026911
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM24107405
  • CARL024107405 1

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