Horizontal Hold

Horizontal Hold

by Daniel Paisner
     
 
Absurdly funny, trenchant, and provocative, Horizontal Hold is an outside-looking-in account of the stillbirth of one particular television series and is a must read for every serious and not-so-serious television viewer.

"A devastating chronicle of an aborted television series." (Publishers Weekly)

"A riveting, revelatory account of the economic, creative

Overview

Absurdly funny, trenchant, and provocative, Horizontal Hold is an outside-looking-in account of the stillbirth of one particular television series and is a must read for every serious and not-so-serious television viewer.

"A devastating chronicle of an aborted television series." (Publishers Weekly)

"A riveting, revelatory account of the economic, creative and pop-cultural forces shaping the entertainment fare available on home screens" (Kirkus Reviews)


Author Bio: Daniel Paisner is the author of 20 books, including The New York Times best sellers, Mountain Get Out of My Way (with Montel Williams) and Exposing Myself (with Geraldo Rivera).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of The Imperfect Mirror: Reflections of Television Newswomen has already made it clear that he doesn't think much of network TV fare, and this devastating chronicle of an aborted series offers ample justification for his attitude. Paisner details the genesis of a pilot episode about a group of presidential speechwriters who work near the White House, a concept that evidently sounded better to originator Bruce Paltrow (fresh from his triumph with St. Elsewhere ) and his co-workers than it does to the reader. Filmed in New York City, then retitled and reshot in Los Angeles with a new cast, the pilot failed to win the bankers' approval in either version. But the story of its death--with producers hyping themselves, the networks demanding tried-and-true situations, the creators proudly pointing to their use of a ``real'' laugh track (a reorganized tape of actual studio audience response)--makes for an impressive revelation of contemporary cloud-cuckoo-landspelling and punctuation per Webster's . (Oct.)
Library Journal
Television pilots--those one-shot programs that aspire to the rarefied air of prime time--constitute a facet of the television business that is little understood by the viewing public. The author was granted access by producer Bruce Paltrow ( The White Shadow , St. Elsewhere ) to observe the creation of a sitcom pilot about presidential speechwriters. At first titled E.O.B. (for Executive Office Building, where such writers toil), the show underwent two title changes, a shift from New York to Hollywood as a production site, and a cast makeover. Paisner offers some interesting observations, but it seems clear that this show was doomed from the start (it never aired). Ultimately, insider books carry more punch when they describe something tangible. For large media collections.-- Thomas Wiener, formerly with ``American Film''

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595092857
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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