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Single Season Sitcoms Of The 1990s

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476670773
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During the "Must See TV" 1990s, Americans enjoyed such immensely popular sitcoms as Friends, Seinfeld, Home Improvement and The Drew Carey Show. Shows that did not make the ratings cut numbered in the hundreds--the emergence of new networks and cable channels airing original programming resulted in a vast increase in short-lived sitcoms over the previous decade. Some of these "flops" were actually quite good and deserved a better fate. The author revisits them--along with the "dramedies" of the day--with detailed entries providing production and broadcast information, along with critical analyses, and recollections by cast and crew members. A subsection highlights sitcoms that returned for an abbreviated second season. Dozens of cast and crew photographs are included.

Single Season Sitcoms 1948 1979

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786493054
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This book finally casts a spotlight on some short-lived and almost forgotten sitcoms—those which aired for only one single season. Many books have already been written about situation comedies that enjoyed long and storied runs on television but this volume focuses upon the others. Overflowing with fresh facts, interviews, photographs, and stories, nearly 300 short-lived sitcoms over a 32 year span are presented A-to-Z, whether network or syndicated, prime time or Saturday morning.

Encyclopedia Of Pop Music Aliases 1950 2000

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442240083
Size: 59.70 MB
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Bob Leszczak has amassed several hundred examples of musical pseudonyms in The Encyclopedia of Pop Music Aliases, 1950-2000, describing the history of these artists from their obscure origins under another name to their rise to prominence as a major musical act.

From Small Screen To Vinyl

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442242744
Size: 44.95 MB
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In From Small Screen to Vinyl: A Guide to TV Stars Who Made Records 1950-2000, author Bob Leszczak offers a look at hundreds of stars who performed double duty: as a television performer as well as a recording artist. He looks not only at the show and the performer but the behind-the-scenes dramas that unfolded as each attempted to tackle the two different mediums. Through his interviews with many of these multitaskers, the author has uncovered new, and mostly never before known facts about those who sought to conquer the world of vinyl.

Dynamic Duets

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442271507
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The second half of the twentieth century saw a great number of powerful vocal pairings as short-lived, but undeniably magical collaborations. With firsthand interviews from many of the artists, readers will enjoy the back story about which duos got along well and which did not, which stayed together or kept in touch, and vice versa. Arranged alphabetically from Bryan Adams to Dottie West, Dynamic Duets gives the back stories on all of the pairings that cracked Billboard’s Top 40 between 1955 and the end of the century. The book includes photographs of many of the records and/or the performers, chart and label information, year of release, facts about the songs, and quotes from many of the performers, songwriters, and producers themselves. An appendix listing “Honorable Mentions” follows this book’s large main section and consists of those twosomes that did not reach Top 40 (but simply couldn’t be omitted), or those whose duet partners played more of a minor role. Baby boomers, vinyl collectors, music historians, and classic hits radio DJs will find Dynamic Duets a must for their music library.

Quality Tv

Author: Janet McCabe
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 085773170X
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In his seminal book'Television’s Second Golden Age', Robert Thompson described quality TV as ‘best defined by what it is not’: ‘it is not “regular” TV’. Audacious maybe, but his statement renewed debate on the meaning of this highly contentious term. Dealing primarily with the post-1996 era shaped by digital technologies and defined by consumer choice and brand marketing, this book brings together leading scholars, established journalists and experienced broadcasters working in the field of contemporary television to debate what we currently mean by quality TV. They go deep into contemporary American television fictions, from 'The Sopranos' and 'The West Wing', to 'CSI' and 'Lost' - innovative, sometimes controversial, always compelling dramas, which one scholar has described as 'now better than the movies!' But how do we understand the emergence of these kinds of fiction? Are they genuinely new? What does quality tv have to tell us about the state of today's television market? And is this a new Golden Age of quality TV? Original, often polemic, each chapter proposes new ways of thinking about and defining quality TV. There is a foreword from Robert Thompson, and heated dialogue between British and US television critics. Also included - and a great coup - are interviews with W. Snuffy Walden (scored 'The West Wing' among others) and with David Chase ('The Sopranos' creator). 'Quality TV' provides throughout groundbreaking and innovative theoretical and critical approaches to studying television and for understanding the current - and future - TV landscape.

Commonsense Guide To Current Affairs

Author: Vincent Frank Bedogne
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 160608786X
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From clones, family, abortion, terrorism, and the concept of the collective to economics, nuclear power, cap and trade, renewable energy, and the politics of climate change, Everest and Bedogne do something much needed and remarkably absent in today's media. They strip away the layers of liberal and conservative ideology to look at the most talked about topics of our time from the standpoint of what the politicians have forgotten--common sense. Brought to light by logic, history, and science, the book filters the issues that in today's world every citizen, student, and educator needs to understand through what we know to be sound--that which we have gained through our day-to-day trials--our all-too-often repressed ability to see things in a practical and matter-of-fact way.

In The Eye Of The Beholder

Author: Gary Richard Edgerton
Publisher: Popular Press 1
ISBN: 9780879727543
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Film and television are subjects of intense study throughout higher education today. Popular culture has undergone a revolution during the last generation, progressing from a discipline at the margins that was reflexively treated with contempt to one of the most widespread and productive topic areas in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The increased attention on film and television is clearly part of this overall acceptance and growing cachet now accorded popular culture in the academy.