How I Escaped from Gilligan's Island: And Other Misadventures of a Hollywood Writer-Producer

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Popular Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 345 pages
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    In the early 1950s writers were leaving radio en masse to try their hand at another promising medium—television. William Froug was in the thick of that exodus, a young man full of ideas in a Hollywood bursting with opportunities. In his forty-year career Froug would write and/or produce many of the shows that America has grown up with. From the drama of Playhouse 90 and the mind-bending premises of The Twilight Zone to the escapist scenarios of Adventures in Paradise, Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, and Charlie’s Angels, Froug played a role in shaping his trade. He crossed paths with some of the memorable personalities in the industry, including Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Agnes Moorehead, Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert Blake, Rod Serling, Gene Roddenberry, Aaron Spelling, and Sherwood Schwartz.

    Froug reveals a post-WWII America giddy with the success of its newest medium—yet sobered at moments by strikes and union politics, McCarthyism and anti-Semitism. It was a world of hastily written scripts, sudden firings, thwarted creativity, and fickle tastes. And yet, while clearly exasperated with many aspects of Hollywood, Froug was a man utterly in his element, his frustration with the industry ultimately eclipsed by his dedication to his craft.

  

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Writer and former television producer Froug follows his five books on screenwriting with a mean-spirited, overlong memoir of his life in the entertainment industry that will be of interest solely to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
1 Welcome to Hollywood
10
2 Hello I Must Be Going
16
3 Going Going Gone
37
4 Volcano Man
72
5 The King of Game Shows or Shoot Her in the Stomach
96
6 Paradise Found Paradise Lost
108
7 Skinny Knows
118
12 Bewitched Plenty Bothered and Bewildered
229
13 One Subchaser Missing in Action
245
14 So You Want to Be in Pictures?
254
15 One Last Fling
262
16 Free at Last
274
17 Hollywood UCLA
281
18 Fun and Games in TV Land
300
19 Only Sometimes a Happy Ending
312

8 Bombs on the Left Cannon on the Right
130
9 Chew Vass Hexpectin Mebbe Too Loose Latrek?
163
10 The Sunset of The Twilight Zone
177
11 Banished to Gilligans Island
198
20 Scenes from the Life of a Teacher
328
Index
335
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About the author (2005)

Emmy-winning William Froug is professor emeritus and former chair of the School of Theater Arts, Film, and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written five popular books on screenwriting, including The Screenwriter Looks at the Screenwriter, Screenwriting Tricks of the Trade, and  Zen and the Art of Screenwriting.

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