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Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television

Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television

by Lee Siegel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465078109

ISBN-13: 2900465078102

Pub. Date: 06/25/2007

Publisher: Basic Books

Television has taken firm hold of American life ever since its first flickering images replaced the disembodied voices crackling from the radio. Ever present and evolving, television thrives at the crossroads of commerce, art, and entertainment. In Not Remotely Controlled acclaimed cultural critic Lee Siegel collects his reflections on this most hybrid

Overview

Television has taken firm hold of American life ever since its first flickering images replaced the disembodied voices crackling from the radio. Ever present and evolving, television thrives at the crossroads of commerce, art, and entertainment. In Not Remotely Controlled acclaimed cultural critic Lee Siegel collects his reflections on this most hybrid medium.

Whether chronicling the history of the "cop" drama, revealing the inherent irony in Donald Trump's character on The Apprentice, or shedding light on those unheralded gems that commercial pressures swept away prematurely, Siegel gives each episode, series, or documentary the attention and respect usually reserved for high art. Going far beyond mere pans and praise, Siegel has given long overdue attention to America's most pervasive art form: television.

About the Author:
Lee Siegel is a senior editor at The New Republic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900465078102
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
06/25/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Why Cop Shows Are Eternal     4
The New Kojak     13
CSI: New York     17
Numb3rs     22
RENO 911!     26
Monk     32
Friends     40
Joey     45
My Name Is Earl     49
Everybody Hates Chris     54
Jon Stewart     58
Extras I     64
Extras II     68
Curb Your Enthusiasm     74
Weeds     82
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers     87
The Boondocks     92
SpongeBob SquarePants     96
Unforgivable Blackness     102
Lackawanna Blues     108
Joan of Arcadia     114
Revelations     121
Rescue Me     126
Deadwood     131
Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, Suburban Madness, and Desperate Housewives     137
Huff     142
The O.C.     147
Lost     154
Invasion     158
Alias     162
The Hamburg Cell and Dirty War     168
The Unit     178
Over There     183
Ghosts of Rwanda     190
The Children of Lenigradsky     196
Transgeneration     199
The Staircase     203
The History Channel's Crusades     208
UFOs     213
Morning News Shows     218
Tom Brokaw     226
Pope John Paul II     230
Reality in America     236
Family Bonds     248
Growing Up Gotti     252
Supernanny     256
Thirty Days     260
The Apprentice     264
Deal or No Deal     274
Iron Chef America     279
Stump the Schwab     283
The Winter Olympics     286
Tanner on Tanner     292
Jack and Bobby     297
Greta Garbo     304
Lauren Bacall     308
Steve McQueen     312
Elvis Presley     316
Charles Manson     320
Johnny Carson     326
Inside the Actors Studio     330
Oprah Winfrey     338
Acknowledgments     353

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