Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980s

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786499583
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As the cable TV industry exploded in the 1980s, offering viewers dozens of channels, an unprecedented number of series were produced. For every successful sitcom--The Golden Girls, Family Ties, Newhart--there were flops such as Take Five with George Segal, Annie McGuire with Mary Tyler Moore, One Big Family with Danny Thomas and Life with Lucy starring Lucille Ball, proving that a big name does not a hit show make. Other short-lived series were springboards for future stars, like Day by Day (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), The Duck Factory (Jim Carrey), Raising Miranda (Bryan Cranston) and Square Pegs (Sarah Jessica Parker). This book unearths many single-season sitcoms of the '80s, providing behind-the-scenes stories from cast members, guest stars, writers, producers and directors.

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.

Single Season Sitcoms 1948 1979

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786493054
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

Lost Laughs of 50s and 60s Television

Author: David C. Tucker
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786455829
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Originally broadcast on American television between 1952 and 1969, the 30 situation comedies in this work are seldom seen today and receive only brief and often incomplete and inaccurate mentions in most reference sources. Yet these sitcoms (including Angel, The Governor and J.J., It’s a Great Life, I’m Dickens ... He’s Fenster and Wendy and Me), and the stories of the talented people who made them, are an integral part of television history. With a complete list of production credits and rare publicity stills, this volume, based on multiple screenings of episodes, corrects other sources and expand our knowledge of television history.

Encyclopedia of Pop Music Aliases 1950 2000

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442240083
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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.

Who Did It First

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442230681
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In Who Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists, the second volume in Bob Leszczak’s exciting Who Did It First? series, readers explore the hidden history of the most famous, indeed legendary, pop songs and standards. As Leszczak points out, the version you purchased, swayed to, sang to, and grew up with is often not the first version recorded. Like wine and cheese, some tunes do get better with age, and behind each there is a story. Little-known facts and amusing anecdotes, often gathered through Leszczak’s vast archive of personal interviews with the singers and songwriters, record producers and label owners, who wrote, sang, recorded, and distributed either the original first cut or one of its classic covers.

From Small Screen to Vinyl

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442242744
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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.

Who Did It First

Author: Bob Leszczak
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442233222
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In Who Did It First?: Great Rock and Roll Cover Songs and Their Original Artists, the third volume in Bob Leszczak’s excitingWho Did It First? series,readers explore the hidden history of the most famous, indeed legendary, rock and roll classics. As Leszczak points out, the version you purchased, played air guitar to, sang along to, and grew up with is often not the first version recorded. Like wine and cheese, some tunes do get better with age, and behind each there is a story. Little-known facts and amusing anecdotes, often gathered through Leszczak’s vast archive of personal interviews with the singers and songwriters, record producers and label owners, who wrote, sang, recorded, and distributed either the original first cut or one of its classic covers.

Unsold Television Pilots

Author: Lee Goldberg
Publisher: Adventures in Television
ISBN: 151159067X
Format: PDF
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THE TV REFERENCE BOOK THAT BECAME A NATIONAL MEDIA SENSATION FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR LEE GOLDBERG This is the ground-breaking, exhaustively-researched book that revealed, for the first time ever, all of the details behind the thousands of TV series ideas that were developed and rejected by the networks since the dawn of television. The book was an instant, national sensation when it was first published in 1990, winning enthusiastic critical acclaim and enormous media attention, including on-air praise from TV legend Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show," and was adapted into two hour-long specials, "The Greatest Shows You Never Saw" on CBS and "The Best TV Shows That Never Were" on ABC. This is a landmark work of television history and research ... a must-read for anyone who loves TV... and who wants to know how shows get on-the-air...and how they don't. "Full of fool's gold and genuine TV treasures," New York Post "A must-browse for media freaks," USA Today "A remarkable encyclopedia," TV Guide "The best bathroom reading ever!" San Francisco Chronicle "One of the best books ever written about television," TVParty.com "A fascinating book," Johnny Carson "Packed with amusing failures," Chicago Sun-Times "Irresistible, enthralling, a page-turner. Goldberg puts just enough historical background in the book to make the bizarre psychology of the networks make sense," Hartford Courant "Mr. Goldberg has collected some of the oddest pilots" Wall Street Journal "The definitive reference book on pilots" Los Angeles Times "If you're ever amazed at what the networks think will make a good series, imagine what they reject. Lee Goldberg has ransacked tube history for ideas nobody wanted," Entertainment Weekly "among the finest books I've ever read about television. And given Lee's track record as writer, producer, director and historian you're not going to find more accomplished guide or judge anywhere," Ed Gorman, Mystery Scene Magazine "To say UNSOLD TELEVISION PILOTS is exhaustive is an understatement; the index alone runs almost 150 pages! Weighing in at 3 pounds and 828 pages, it's an intimidating monster ... and yet, it's not meant to be read in the traditional sense, because it's a reference work. Whatever you do, don't miss the introduction, which gives a fascinating peek into the business of the pilot process -- from someone who's been there, no less, "Bookgasm "This new paperback edition is the ultimate prize....copiously researched and often amusing" The Rap Sheet "If you love TV, this book is a must have, filled with hours of fun. Get it and find out all of the TV that you missed because the networks said no. You may be surprised what you find!" Kings River Life Magazine

The Best TV Shows That Never Were

Author: Lee Goldberg
Publisher: Lee Goldberg
ISBN: 1511590742
Format: PDF, ePub
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“The Best Bathroom Reading EVER," - San Francisco Chronicle This lively and entertaining book looks at the three hundred best and worst TV series ideas—known in the industry as "pilots"—that never made it to primetime from 1955-1990. From the adventures of a Samurai D.A. to the antics of an invisible alien baby, Lee Goldberg reveals the most astonishing, funny, and bizarre shows that never were. "Covering programs from 1955 to 1990, THE BEST TV SHOWS THAT NEVER WERE is an absolute hoot. When Goldberg ventures into criticism for the entries, the results range from amusing to hysterical. I'm dying for a VOLUME 2!" Bookgasm "Among the finest books I've ever read about television. And given Lee's track record as writer, producer, director and historian you're not going to find more accomplished guide or judge anywhere. Lee has a lot of fun (and so do we). His introduction on the history of pilots is a fascinating and serious history of how the television medium works. You could teach a great class using this piece alone." Ed Gorman, founder of Mystery Scene Magazine "A must-browse for media freaks.” —USA Today “Irresistible and enthralling.” —Hartford Courant “Full of fool’s gold and genuine TV treasures.” —The New York Post “You’ll slap your head in disbelief—try not to hurt yourself—at the idea of John Denver as a singing FBI agent. You’ll wonder whether Joe Penny as a samurai district attorney would have been funnier—unintentionally—that John Belushi’s ‘Saturday Night Live.’ For tube-historians, this is a must see.” — People Magazine This book was previously published as "Unsold TV Pilots: The Greatest Shows You Never Saw" and "Unsold TV Pilots: The Almost Complete Guide To Everything You Never Saw on TV"