Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots

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McFarland, Jul 1, 2009 - Performing Arts - 394 pages
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The face of 1980s television was shaped by a man who stayed behind the scenes. Stephen Cannell's reluctant white knights--put-upon private eye James Rockford, World War II fly-boys the Black Sheep Squadron, hapless superhero Ralph Hinckley, fugitive mercenaries the A-Team, and maverick cop Hunter--traversed the television landscape from the 1970s to the 1990s. Cannell changed the face of the action-adventure genre, updating the crime-show format with a hybrid of rebellious morality, juvenile wit, intelligent sarcasm, and radical conservatism. This book discusses in detail the programs of the writer-producer and lists every episode of his award-winning productions from the early 1970s to the early '90s. The book features publicity photos and descriptions of unsold pilots.
 

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Get your facts straight, Stingray wasn't cancelled because Nick Mancuso was " no James Garner" it was cancelled because Michael Mann had a new show, and since he had Crime Story and Miami Vice which were huge hits, they needed a slot. Stingray was doing 21 to 24 and it's audience base was building.Miami Vice was doing 31.
The new show got 13. And the Tuesday night slot never did numbers again. The networks were losing 5 percent a year and the downward spiral continued. A few years later Warren Littlefield called Cannell wanting to reorder the show.
"We cancelled a hit" He told Steve. Steve called me up to reorder the show but I was locked into a contract on a new series.
You have a right to show prejudice against me, and a right not to like my work, and the kind of show Stingray was but get your information from correct sources.There was a reason it got a huge opening.the audience like it, and your analysis as to why it failed is bogus.
It's irritating as an actor to read this kind of prejudicial crap.
Yours,
Nick Mancuso
Stingray
 

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User Review  - Sheryl Tribble - Goodreads

Going back to the days of Scott Clark's letterzine “The Cannell Files” (mid 1980s), Stephen J. Cannell fans seem to break down into two types. The first type is people who appreciate SJC's sense of ... Read full review

Contents

Beginnings
43
The Golden Years
109
From LA to Canada
192
The WrapUp
318
Sources of Quotations
335
Bibliography
345
Index
349
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About the author (2009)

Freelance writer Jon Abbott has written more than 400 articles on American television and related topics for more than 20 magazines. He lives in Brighton, England.

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