Directing the Sitcom

Author: Joel Zwick
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476625174
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This guided tour of the American situation comedy is given by one of the most prolific directors of the genre. Brooklyn native Joel Zwick began his career in the late 1960s at La MaMa, a New York experimental theater club, before moving to Hollywood to become a successful director during the sitcom’s golden age. He describes the 10 steps of sitcom production and outlines the five-day process, from the early “table read” to the final shoot in front of a live audience. Behind-the-scenes anecdotes include personal and professional experiences with actors Tom Hanks, Penny Marshall, Robin Williams, Jamie Foxx, the cast of Full House and many more.

Single Season Sitcoms of the 1990s

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476631980
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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.

Girls Like Us

Author: Sheila Weller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416564772
Format: PDF, ePub
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A groundbreaking and irresistible biography of three of America's most important musical artists—Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon—charts their lives as women at a magical moment in time. Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct. Carole King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Joni Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Carly Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust. They collectively represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now mythic sixties generation—female version—but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the women of that generation has never been written—until now, through their resonant lives and emblematic songs. Filled with the voices of many dozens of these women's intimates, who are speaking in these pages for the first time, this alternating biography reads like a novel—except it's all true, and the heroines are famous and beloved. Sheila Weller captures the character of each woman and gives a balanced portrayal enriched by a wealth of new information. Girls Like Us is an epic treatment of midcentury women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been before them—confessors in song, rock superstars, and adventurers of heart and soul.

I Am A Pole And So Can You

Author: Stephen Colbert
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455523402
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"The sad thing is, I like it" - Maurice Sendak "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times." - Stephen Colbert

Single Season Sitcoms 1948 1979

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786493054
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"This book finally casts a spotlight upon some almost forgotten, short-lived sitcoms--those which aired for a single season. 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"--Provided by publisher.

The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom

Author: Tison Pugh
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813591759
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The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom examines the evasive depictions of sexuality in domestic and family-friendly sitcoms. Tison Pugh charts the history of increasing sexual depiction in this genre while also unpacking how sitcoms use sexuality as a source of power, as a kind of camouflage, and as a foundation for family building. The book examines how queerness, at first latent, became a vibrant yet continually conflicted part of the family-sitcom tradition. Taking into account elements such as the casting of child actors, the use of and experimentation with plot traditions, the contradictory interpretive valences of comedy, and the subtle subversions of moral standards by writers and directors, Pugh points out how innocence and sexuality conflict on television. As older sitcoms often sit on a pedestal of nostalgia as representative of the Golden Age of the American Family, television history reveals a deeper, queerer vision of family bonds.

Brothers in Battle Best of Friends

Author: William Guarnere
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425224368
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A firsthand account of the wartime experiences of two soldiers portrayed in the HBO series Band of Brothers pays tribute to the lasting bond forged between comrades in arms and their roles with Easy Company during D-Day, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of concentration camps, and the capture of Berchtesgaden. Reprint.

DVD and Video Guide 2005

Author: Mick Martin
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345449955
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Now in its twentieth edition, a concise guide to the video and DVD market provides in the most recent year's edition more than 400 new entries, a star-based rating system, cast and director indexes, an Academy Award winner list, and more than 18,000 reviews. Simultaneous. 45,000 first printing.

Never Go Back

Author: Lee Child
Publisher:
ISBN: 0385344341
Format: PDF, ePub
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A latest novel of suspense by the best-selling author of Worth Dying For finds Jack Reacher arriving in Virginia in the hopes of contacting the woman he spoke with on the phone in 61 Hours only to be drafted back into the Army, where he confronts life-changing elements from his past.