Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle, 1984-1986

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"...Gianakos has done for television what Roget did for the Thesaurus and Bartlett did for Familiar Quotations. He has codified the industry, brought order out of chaos, made sense of what for decades was insensible. He is a pioneer, and his works will have a significant effect for generations."-From the Introduction by Allan Kalmus For more than a decade, Gianakos' truly comprehensive chronicles of American television have been considered classic references. Here is the long-anticipated volume six. While nominally covering the television seasons ...

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Overview

"...Gianakos has done for television what Roget did for the Thesaurus and Bartlett did for Familiar Quotations. He has codified the industry, brought order out of chaos, made sense of what for decades was insensible. He is a pioneer, and his works will have a significant effect for generations."-From the Introduction by Allan Kalmus For more than a decade, Gianakos' truly comprehensive chronicles of American television have been considered classic references. Here is the long-anticipated volume six. While nominally covering the television seasons 1984-1986, in fact the volume's six much amplified appendixes-on Pulitzer Prize fiction and plays, Nobel literature laureates, classical Greek drama and Shakespeare, selected 19th and 20th-century writers and their representative teleplays, and western figures as depicted upon the small screen-embrace the period through the close of 1990. The overview again blends a thorough discussion of individual series and specials with a political, sociological, and psychological examination of the whole range of powerful images conveyed. As in past volumes, a "Days and Times" section covers virtually all that was of dramatic import on and off the major networks and cable. Following are sections on series initiated previously; series inaugurated during the current period; series not previously chronicled; and a cumulative index of series titles. The new work is further enhanced by a clean format with justified margins and bold print. Allan Kalmus, the nation's first TV publicist and longtime representative of Bob Hope, has provided an invigorating introduction, collecting some of his own potent reminiscences on pristine, live video.

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Editorial Reviews

The Big Reel
If an Emmy Award were handed out each year for Best Television Reference Book, Larry James Giankos would probably be in the running for his sixth....Television historians will always owe a tremendous debt to him.
American Reference Books Annual
...a standard reference source that contains a tremendous amount of information not found elsewhere...absolutely essential for large research institutions with a stong subject collection in television.
Communication Booknotes
This is a must for libraries...
CHOICE
An essential reference series...the premier chronicler of video drama, Giamakos has produced a singular achievement...no research library should be without the set.
Classic Images
...extraordinary...
Choice
An essential reference series...the premier chronicler of video drama, Giamakos has produced a singular achievement...no research library should be without the set.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...a standard reference source that contains a tremendous amount of information not found elsewhere...absolutely essential for large research institutions with a stong subject collection in television.
Communication Booknotes Quarterly
This is a must for libraries...
Booknews
The sixth volume in Gianakos' comprehensive chronicles of American television. The overview again blends discussion of individual series and specials with a political, sociological, and psychological examination of the images converged. The "Days and Times" section describes featured programming on networks and cable. Following are sections on series initiated previously; series initiated during the current period; series not previously chronicled; and a cumulative index of series titles. The appendices have been supplemented through the end of 1990. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810826014
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1984-1986
  • Pages: 717
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 1.55 (d)

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