TV Creators: Conversations with America's Top Producers of Television Drama, Vol. 1 / Edition 1

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Provides twelve of today's most acclaimed writers and producers an open, uncensored forum in which they discuss everything from their work ethic to the political and social issues affecting the television industry.

ER, Law & Order, and The Sopranos are just a few of the dramas that launched a new era of television at the turn of the millennium.  TV Creators gives scholars and fan alike an exclusive, firsthand account of the lives, philosophy, contribution of some of the best writers and producers of the last fifteen years.

  In one of the few books of its kind, James L. Longworth, Jr. reveals the drama behind the dramas, with producers sharing often never-before published stories and observations:  The Sopranos producer originally envisioned Robert De Niro and Ann Bancroft as the lead characters in the now highly successful series about mob life.  NYPD Blue's co-creator was once offered the presidency of CBS by William Paley, but he turned down the job.  The Emmy-winning producer of Homicide and Oz owes his discovery to Gwyneth Paltrow and her mom, Blythe Danner.  The successful creator of Providence also created Touched by an Angel, but was fired over a pilot that never aired.  The Oscar-winning producer of Shakespeare in Love, and co-creator of Thirtysomething and Once and Again, had a chance meeting with Woody Allen that helped launch his film and television career.  

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Profiles of 12 television producers and writers (two are women) reveal the lives, philosophies, and contributions of people responsible for prime time programs. They discuss everything from their work ethic to the political and social issues affecting the television industry. Includes b&w photos of each person profiled. Longworth is a 30-year veteran producer of television documentaries and public affairs programming. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815606529
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Television Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2000

    TV Creators is Must Read TV !

    TV CREATORS is the best book about television that I've ever read. The interviews with top producers are very insightful, and made watching my favorite shows even more fun. You won't be able to put this book down. Buy one for a friend !

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