Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing

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Syracuse University Press, 1996 - Drama - 307 pages
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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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Stempel's (cinema, Los Angeles City Coll.) subtitle is no idle boast: He tries to provide the first comprehensive view of TV from the writer's perspective. Because much of the early history of the ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Introduction
9
Radio to Television
13
Early Filmed Television
23
Early Live Television
33
A Golden Age
44
Enter the Major Studios
57
RealityDocumentary
70
The Early Years 1 19
119
Police Story
132
Lear and Marshall
143
MTM and MASH
157
Coroners and Other Seventies and Eighties Professionals
169
The Later Years
183
Professional Status
195
The Children of Hill Street
237

Cowboys and Other Sixties Professionals
78
Small Towns Talking Horses and Related Galaxies
94
ComedyVariety
108

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