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Inside Pee-Wee's Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon
Inside Pee-Wee's Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon
by Caseen Gaines
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Between 1986 and 1991, nearly ten million people a week watched Peewees Playhouse, the critically acclaimed and widely successful childrens program broadcast on CBS. Now, on the 25th anniversary of the show, the complete behind-the-scenes story is being... (read more)

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Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community
Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community
by Saul Austerlitz
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The form is so elemental, so basic, that we have difficulty imagining a time before it existed: a single set, fixed cameras, canned laughter, zany sidekicks, quirky family antics. Obsessively watched and critically ignored, sitcoms were a distraction, a... (read more)

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Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From the Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad
Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From the Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad
by Brett Martin
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A revealing look at the shows that helped TV emerge as the signature art form of the twenty-first century In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the... (read more)

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Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic
Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic
by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
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When writer-producers James L. Brooks and Allan Burns dreamed up an edgy show about a divorced woman with a career, the CBS executives they pitched replied: “American audiences won’t tolerate divorce in a series’ lead any more than they... (read more)

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Monty Python's Flying Circus: Complete and Annotated
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Complete and Annotated
by Luke Dempsey
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Every script, every episode of the innovative, hilarious, and absurd Monty Python's Flying Circus, one of the most influential television series of all time, is include here, plus hundreds of annotations, behind-the-scenes stories, interviews, and more... (read more)

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Science on American Television: A History
Science on American Television: A History
by Marcel Chotkowski Lafollette
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 As television emerged as a major cultural and economic force, many imagined that the medium would enhance civic education for topics like science. And, indeed, television soon offered a breathtaking banquet of scientific images and ideas—both... (read more)

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Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds, and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's "Firefly"
Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds, and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's "Firefly"
by Glenn Yeffeth and Jane Espenson
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Fireflys early demise left fans with a deep sense of loss and plenty of unanswered questions. From what was wrong with the pilot to what was right with the Reavers, from the use of Chinese to how correspondence between Joss and network executives might... (read more)

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The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke (Blackwell Philosophy & Pop Culture)
The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke (Blackwell Philosophy & Pop Culture)
by William Irwin
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A lighthearted meditation on the philosophical quandaries of the hit television show The Big Bang Theory Ever wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant... (read more)

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Ordinary Television: Analyzing Popular TV
Ordinary Television: Analyzing Popular TV
by Frances Bonner
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`Most cultural analysis focuses on the spectacular and the unusual. Frances Bonner has done us a great service by insisting on - and demonstrating - the importance of everyday TV. Ordinary Television breaks genuinely new ground' - Toby Miller, New York... (read more)

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Television in the Age of Radio: Modernity, Imagination, and the Making of a Medium
Television in the Age of Radio: Modernity, Imagination, and the Making of a Medium
by Philip W. Sewell
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Television in the Age of Radio is a unique account of how television came to be, not just from technical innovations or institutional struggles, but from cultural concerns that were central to the rise of industrial modernity. A major revision of the... (read more)

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From Scratch: Inside the Food Network
From Scratch: Inside the Food Network
by Allen Salkin
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Big personalities, high dramaand#151;the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of the Food Network, now about to celebrate its twentieth anniversary: the business, media, and cultural juggernaut that changed the way America thinks about food. In October... (read more)

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Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV
Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV
by Jennifer Pozner
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Media critic Pozner deconstructs reality TV's twisted fairytales to demonstrate that far from being simple "guilty pleasures," these programs are actually guilty of fomenting gender-war ideology and significantly affecting the intellectual and political... (read more)

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Goodnight, John Boy: A Celebration of an American Family and the Values That Have Sustained Us Through Good Times and Bad
Goodnight, John Boy: A Celebration of an American Family and the Values That Have Sustained Us Through Good Times and Bad
by Earl Hamner
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For eight wonderful years The Waltons, the story of a family living in the foothills of Virginia@s Blue Ridge Mountains during the Depression, entertained America and the world. Yet this television show was more than entertaining. Each episode combined... (read more)

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Fan Phenomena: Supernatural (Intellect Books - Fan Phenomena)
Fan Phenomena: Supernatural (Intellect Books - Fan Phenomena)
by Lynn Zubernis
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Supernatural premiered on September 14, 2005, on what was then called the WB Network. Creator Eric Kripke was inspired by Jack Kerouacs On The Road, putting his heroes, brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, in a big black 67 Impala and sending... (read more)

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Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
by Jerry Mander
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A total departure from previous writing about television, this book is the first ever to advocate that the medium is not reformable. Its problems are inherent in the technology itself and are so dangerous -- to personal health and sanity, to the... (read more)

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Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media Are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media
Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media Are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media
by Rory Oconnor
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"Rory O'Connor is one of the smartest media guys around. He knows who's spinning, who's pandering, and who's putting money in his own pocket at the expense of logic, reason, and the public good."—Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair media critic"This is a... (read more)

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Religion in the Media Age (Religion, Media, and Culture)
Religion in the Media Age (Religion, Media, and Culture)
by Stewart Hoover
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Looking at the everyday interaction of religion and media in our cultural lives, Hoovera (TM)s new book is a fascinating assessment of the state of modern religion. Recent years have produced a marked turn away from institutionalized religions towards... (read more)

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Television's Strangest Moments: Extraordinary But True Tales from the History of Television
Television's Strangest Moments: Extraordinary But True Tales from the History of Television
by Quentin Falk
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Ever since John Logie Baird first publicly demonstrated this now all-pervasive medium in his small Soho laboratory, the history of television has been littered with remarkable but true tales of the unexpected. Ranging from bizarre stories of actors... (read more)

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Turning Points in Television: Great Moments on the Small Screen
Turning Points in Television: Great Moments on the Small Screen
by Larry Brody
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Veteran TV writer/executive and lifelong fan Larry Brody offers an up-close-and-personal look at twenty-three vital moments in television history. Drawing on his unique experience as an industry insider, he explores trends, technological breakthroughs... (read more)

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Television Aesthetics and Style
Television Aesthetics and Style
by Steven Peacock
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Although Film Studies has successfully (re)turned attention to matters of style and interpretation, its sibling discipline has left the territory uncharted - until now. The question of how television operates on a stylistic level has been critically... (read more)

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