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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, ...

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

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Overview

    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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879728731
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2005
  • Series: Ray and Pat Browne Book
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Acknowledgements xi
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
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 Gilligan's Island 198
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 317
20 Scenes from the Life of a Teacher 328
Index 335
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