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Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (and Hate to Love) about TVby Tara Ariano and Sarah Bunting
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Calling all Dawson's Creek fans! Television Without Pity features irreverent entries about the shows, characters, actors, clichés, plot devices, memorable moments, and catch phrases that make watching TV such a guilty pleasure. From weekend-long Real World marathons to the People's Choice Awards, from favorite characters (Brenda Walsh, Seth Cohen) to the most unfunny recurring skits on Saturday Night Live, this is a celebration of television unlike any other.
Written by the creators of televisionwithoutpity.com (hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "the industry standard" for obsessive TV fanatics), this snarktastic volume features 100 illustrations and an encyclopedic two-column design. It's great fun for nostalgic browsing and guaranteed to prompt more laughter than a whole season of Seinfeld.
"Ariano and Bunting, the brains behind Televisionwithpity.com, have assembled a wickedly funny encyclopedia of TV's people, plots, formulas and quirky phenomena, and loaded it with irreverent commentary. A typical entry, such as the one for Laverne & Shirley, begins with 'Lord, what a terrible show,' and only gets nastier from there, culminating in a list of cross-references both useful and shameful: 'Bad Sitcom, Sure Signs of; Canned Laughter, Manipulation by/of; Marshall, Garry; Neighbors, Intrusive.' Everyone who has hit stardom because of television is good-naturedly skewered, as in the case of 'the ham that ate Pittsburgh,' William Shatner, a subject so worthy he gets two helpings of barbs-one in his eponymous entry and one in 'Shatner, William, Legendarily Awesome Saturday Night Live Appearance of.' Other entries get more general (such as 'Sexual Tension, Ruination of Show by Resolving') while others go delightfully specific (the very next entry, on the Family Ties theme song lyric 'Sha La La La!'). Addictively entertaining, this book will make a compulsive treat for TV addicts, trivia enthusiasts and those who enjoy looking down their nose at America's chief pastime." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Shut Up, TV!
In Television Without Pity, the founders of the popular TV-recap Web site TelevisionWithoutPity.com pay snarky tribute to 752 of the shows, characters, actors, clichés, plot devices, memorable moments, and catchphrases that make watching TV such a guilty pleasure.
• America’s Next Top Model
• Bad Sitcoms Starring Good Comedians
• Celebrity Poker Showdown
• Clichéd Portrayals of Senior Citizens
• “Denise Huxtable”
• Intrusive Neighbors
• Iron Chef
• Lifetime movies
• MasterCard “Priceless” Campaign
• Musical Montages
• The People’s Court
• “Sha la la la!”
• Sitcom Reunion Movies
• Saved by the Bell
• Talking CGI Animals and Babies in Commercials
• TV Weddings
• and so much more!
From weekend-long "Real World" marathons to the People's Choice Awards, from favorite characters (Brenda Walsh, Seth Cohen) to the most unfunny recurring skits on "Saturday Night Live," this is a celebration of television unlike any other. 100 illustrations.
About the Author
Tara Ariano (screen name "Wing Chun") and Sarah Bunting (screen name "Sars") are the founders of televisionwithoutpity.com. Tara is the coauthor of Hey! It's That Guy! (Quirk, 2005). She and Sarah also have a regular column on msnbc.com and a semiregular gig with New York magazine.
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