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Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV

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Publisher Comments:

Seinfeld, Friends, Frasier, ER, Cheers, Law & Order, Will & Grace…Here is the funny, splashy, irresistible insiders’ account of the greatest era in television history — told by the actors, writers, directors, producers, and the network executives who made it happen…and watched it all fall apart.

Warren Littlefield was the NBC President of Entertainment who oversaw the Peacock Network’s rise from also-ran to a division that generated a billion dollars in profitsIn this fast-paced and exceptionally entertaining oral history, Littlefield and NBC luminaries including Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Julianna Marguiles, Anthony Edwards, Noah Wylie, Debra Messing, Jack Welch, Jimmy Burrows, Helen Hunt, and Dick Wolf vividly recapture the incredible era of Must See TV.

From 1993 through 1998, NBC exploded every conventional notion of what a broadcast network could accomplish with the greatest prime-time line-up in television history. On Thursday nights, a cavalcade of groundbreaking comedies and dramas streamed into homes, attracting a staggering 75 million viewers and generating more revenue than all other six nights of programming combined. The road to success, however, was a rocky one. How do you turn a show like Seinfeld, one of the lowest testing pilots of all time, into a hit when the network overlords are constantly warring, or worse, drowning in a bottle of vodka?   

Top of the Rock is an addictively readable account of the risky business decisions, creative passion, and leaps of faith that made Must See TV possible. Chock full of delicious behind-the-scenes anecdotes that run the gamut from hilarious casting and programming ploys to petty jealousies and drug interventions, you’re in for a juicy, unputdownable read.

Review:

"There has arguably never been a more powerful force in network television than NBC's 'Must See TV' — a programming lineup that made Thursday night the high point of the average television viewer's week. Now in this riveting autobiographical tale from former NBC executive Littlefield, fans of long-running and wildly popular NBC programs such as Seinfeld, Friends, ER, and Frasier finally get all the juicy, behind-the-scenes details about their favorite shows. This audio edition is skillfully narrated by the soft-spoken Bob Balaban — who himself enjoyed great success in the era playing the recurring role of NBC executive Russell Dalrymple on Seinfeld. Part of Balaban's mastery of Littlefield's prose comes from experience: the narrator played Littlefield in The Late Shift, a film that dramatized the rivalry between late night television hosts Jay Leno and David Letterman. This time around, however, Balaban opts for less of an impersonation of Littlefield and more of a straightforward reading. The result is a remarkable and captivating account of what's required to create a television series, and in turn, make that series into a network staple. A Doubleday hardcover." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Warren Littlefield is the former NBC President of Entertainment. Previous to that, he was the NBC comedy executive who developed such hit shows as The Cosby Show, Golden Girls, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  He currently runs his own television production company.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449009413
Author:
Littlefield, Warren
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Author:
Pearson, T. R.
Author:
Balaban, Bob
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-Media Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Seven CD
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.93 x 5.09 x 1.1 in 0.52 lb

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Media Studies
Audio Books » Nonfiction
Audio Books » World Affairs
Business » History and Biographies

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "There has arguably never been a more powerful force in network television than NBC's 'Must See TV' — a programming lineup that made Thursday night the high point of the average television viewer's week. Now in this riveting autobiographical tale from former NBC executive Littlefield, fans of long-running and wildly popular NBC programs such as Seinfeld, Friends, ER, and Frasier finally get all the juicy, behind-the-scenes details about their favorite shows. This audio edition is skillfully narrated by the soft-spoken Bob Balaban — who himself enjoyed great success in the era playing the recurring role of NBC executive Russell Dalrymple on Seinfeld. Part of Balaban's mastery of Littlefield's prose comes from experience: the narrator played Littlefield in The Late Shift, a film that dramatized the rivalry between late night television hosts Jay Leno and David Letterman. This time around, however, Balaban opts for less of an impersonation of Littlefield and more of a straightforward reading. The result is a remarkable and captivating account of what's required to create a television series, and in turn, make that series into a network staple. A Doubleday hardcover." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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