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TV Creators: Conversations with America's Top Producers of Television Drama, Vol. 2

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Another twelve of today's top writers and producers of quality television dramas offer personal insights into everything from their work ethic to the social and political issues affecting the television industry.
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Overview

Another twelve of today's top writers and producers of quality television dramas offer personal insights into everything from their work ethic to the social and political issues affecting the television industry.
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Television Quarterly
The first volume of James L. Longworth's intereviews with TV drama creators appeared in 2000 and included colloquies with such VIPs of the medium as Dick Wolf, David Chase, Tom Fontana, John Wells, Nancy Miller, Ed Zwicker, and Steven Bochco. In Volume 2 of TV Creators, a new publication in the Television Series from Syracuse University Press, Longworth dialogues with twelve more significant producers/creators . . . [He] exhibits remarkable knowledge about the industry, demonstrates a firm and sympathetic grasp of each subject's life and career, and succeeds again and again in soliciting remarkable insights . . .Longworth's interviews with producers . . . contribute mightily toward our growing understanding of the complications of television creativity. There is so much we do not know about the roles of motivation, inspiration, influence, collaboration, failure (almost every one of the the book's subjects speaks sadly about the experience of cancellation) in the medium's imagination. Longworth's books . . . provide us with substantial oral history helping us comprehend these dynamics.
Variety
"Jim Longworth gets top notch TV creators to let down their guard and reveal what's really on their mind . . . and he gets to the core of the emotional turmoil that often drives good TV."
Booknews
Longworth (president, Longworth Communications) collects 12 interviews he conducted with the producers of such television shows as , , , , , , and . The producers discuss the careers, the creative process, and other topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815607021
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: The Television Ser.
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Producer Profiles
1 Aaron Sorkin: Lyricist 1
2 Roy Huggins: Television Maverick 31
3 Martha Williamson: Visionary 55
4 Anthony Zuiker: Master of Forensics 83
5 Glenn Gordon Caron: Intrepid Explorer 101
6 Don Bellisario: Leatherneck Optimist 128
7 Paul Haggis: Subversive Scribe 152
8 Barbara Hall: Author, Author 177
9 Joss Whedon: Feminist 197
10 Clifton Campbell: Imagineer 221
11 John McNamara: "Fugitive" Phile 243
12 Aaron Spelling: Prime Time Perennial 269
13 Afterword: Terrorism and Television Drama 294
Appendix 301
Selected Bibliography 307
Index 311
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