Truth and Rumors: The Reality Behind TV's Most Famous Myths (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - Performing Arts - 194 pages
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When you first heard it, you couldn't believe it: Jerry Mathers, from TV's Leave It To Beaver, had been killed in Vietnam. Then word came that Abe Vigoda, the actor who played the curmudgeonly cop Fish on Barney Miller, was dead; and that Mikey, who would eat anything as the Life Cereal tyke, had eaten too many Pop Rocks and exploded. Besides exposing us to things we couldn't otherwise believe, television can convince us of things that never actually happened. But how did these outrageous TV legends get started? How did they spread from classrooms to boardrooms across North America and beyond? And, most important, what do these rumors, so quickly transformed into facts and common knowledge, reveal about our relationship to reality through the medium of television? Put in other words, what exactly is it that were doing when were dealing in these fabulous rumors--are we chasing after surprising truths or simply more incredible entertainment?
  

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Contents

How False Was It? The Show That Spawned the Most Myths The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
1
Can We Talk? Other Famous Talk Show Rumors
9
Ward Im Worried about the Beaver TV Rumors Involving Child Stars
21
Lucy Youve Got Some Splainin to Do A Couple of Persistent I Love Lucy Myths
33
Set Phasers for Stun Some Enterprising Star Trek Legends
41
The Naked Truth They Dont Call It the Boob Tube for Nothing
49
A Word from Our Sponsor Rumors and Myths and Commercials
51
Would You Believe? Strange Stories from the 60s
61
So Not Dead TV Stars Who Supposedly Died but Didnt
113
Didnt You Used to Be Whats His Name? A Few Cases of Mistaken Identity
121
Kids Say the Darndest Things Rumors about Children Shows
127
Tall Toon Tales Urban Myths about Animated Series
135
Strikes Spares and Misses TVs Most Enduring Sports Myths
141
This Just In Urban Myths about Newscasts
149
Miscellaneous Myths Items That Simply Defy Categorization
159
Smile When You Say That Pardner TVs Greatest Western Whoppers
163

That 70s Show Growing up with The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family
69
Monkee Business Are You a Believer? Check out These Monkee Myths
73
Final Jeopardy Game Show Myths and Rumors
79
Too Much Drama Urban Legends about Drama Series
91
Reality What a Concept Reality Show Rumors
101
Super Lie A Rumor That Spread Faster Than a Speeding Bullet
171
Stars on Ice Stars Who Supposedly Died on Television
175
Law and Order terms and definitions
181
Index
183
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

BILL BRIOUX served for two years as the Los Angeles bureau chief for the Canadian edition of TV Guide. He has written The Toronto Sun's daily television column since 1999, winning two Edward A. Dunlop Awards for critical writing. Besides TV Guide and The Toronto Sun, his articles on television have appeared in The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, Starweek and TVTimes magazines. Bill Brioux is currently on the board of directors of the Television Critics Association.

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