Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community

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Chicago Review Press #ad - The form is so elemental, that we have difficulty imagining a time before it existed: a single set, fixed cameras, canned laughter, so basic, zany sidekicks, quirky family antics. Obsessively watched and critically ignored, sitcoms were a distraction, a gentle lullaby of a kinder, gentler America—until suddenly the artificial boundary between the world and television entertainment collapsed.

In this book we can watch the growth of the sitcom, following the path that leads from lucy to the phil Silvers Show; from The Dick Van Dyke Show to The Mary Tyler Moore Show; from M*A*S*H to Taxi; from Cheers to Roseanne; from Seinfeld to Curb Your Enthusiasm; and from The Larry Sanders Show to 30 Rock.

Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community #ad - In twenty-four episodes, and functions as both a tv mixtape of fondly remembered shows that will guide us to notable series and larger trends, Sitcom surveys the history of the form, and a carefully curated guided tour through the history of one of our most treasured art forms.  .

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The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Change

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Gallery Books #ad - Drawing on interviews with writers david chase, david simon, damon lindelof and carlton cuse, the revolution Was Televised is the story of a new golden age in TV, Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon, along with the network executives responsible for green-lighting these groundbreaking shows, David Milch, among others, and Vince Gilligan, one that’s as rich with drama and thrills as the very shows themselves.

. Focusing on twelve innovative television dramas that changed the medium and the culture at large forever, including The Sopranos, 24, Deadwood, The Shield, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Wire, Oz, Sepinwall weaves his trademark incisive criticism with highly entertaining reporting about the real-life characters and conflicts behind the scenes.

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The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific

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Anchor #ad - From the sopranos to breaking bad, sex and the City to Girls, and Modern Family to Louie, never has so much quality programming dominated our screens. Kelley, james l. Includes interviews with: mel brooks, david chase, kevin spacey, aaron sorkin, judd apatow, amy schumer, vince gilligan, matthew weiner, maTT GROENING, LOUIS C.

K. David milch, david e. Drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history, Bianculli shows how the medium has evolved into the premier form of visual narrative art. Exploring how we got here, the crime show, the animated series, the Western, the soap opera, acclaimed TV critic David Bianculli traces the evolution of the classic TV genres, the miniseries, among them the sitcom, the medical drama, and the variety show.

The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific #ad - In each genre he selects five key examples of the form to illustrate its continuities and its dramatic departures. Brooks, ken burns, and many, larry david, larry wilmore, many more . Television today is better than ever.

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Writing Television Sitcoms revised

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TarcherPerigee #ad - This new edition of writing television sitcoms features the essential information every would-be teleplay writer needs to know to break into the business, including: - Updated examples from contemporary shows such as 30 Rock, The Office and South Park - Shifts in how modern stories are structured - How to recognize changes in taste and censorship - The reality of reality television - How the Internet has created series development opportunities - A refined strategy for approaching agents and managers - How pitches and e-queries work - or don't - The importance of screenwriting competitions.

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The Animators: A Novel

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Random House #ad - . Sharon begins to feel expendable, suspecting that the ever-more raucous Mel is the real artist. Now, the two are finally celebrating the release of their first full-length feature, after a decade of striving, which transforms Mel’s difficult childhood into a provocative and visually daring work of art.

Suffused with humor, tragedy and deep insights about art and friendship. People“A stunning debut. Variety “a compulsively readable portrait of women as incandescent artists and intimate collaborators. Elle. It was enough to indebt me to her forever. The toast of the indie film scene, they stand at the cusp of making it big.

Best friends and artistic partners since the first week of college, where they bonded over their working-class roots and obvious talent, they spent their twenties ensconced in a gritty Brooklyn studio. In the male-dominated field of animation, brash and unapologetic, the friction of their differences driving them: Sharon, Mel Vaught and Sharon Kisses are a dynamic duo, quietly ambitious but self-doubting; Mel, always the life of the party.

The Animators: A Novel #ad - A funny, art, and trauma, heartbreaking novel of friendship, The Animators is about the secrets we keep and the burdens we shed on the road to adulthood. But with their success come doubt and destruction, cracks in their relationship threatening the delicate balance of their partnership. A wildly original novel that pulses with heart and truth.

I was so sorry to reach the final page.

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Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind The MIT Press

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The MIT Press #ad - Humor, they propose, evolved out of a computational problem that arose when our long-ago ancestors were furnished with open-ended thinking. She has to bribe the brain with pleasure. Mother nature—aka natural selection—cannot just order the brain to find and fix all our time-pressured misleaps and near-misses.

This wired-in source of pleasure has been tickled relentlessly by humorists over the centuries, and we have become addicted to the endogenous mind candy that is humor. So we find them funny. An evolutionary and cognitive account of the addictive mind candy that is humor. Some things are funny—jokes, malvolio with his yellow garters crossed—but why? why does humor exist in the first place? Why do we spend so much of our time passing on amusing anecdotes, making wisecracks, watching The Simpsons? In Inside Jokes, Matthew Hurley, Charlie Chaplin, The Far Side, puns, sitcoms, Daniel Dennett, and Reginald Adams offer an evolutionary and cognitive perspective.

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Writing the Pilot

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moon & sun & whiskey inc. #ad - But it's not easy. You'll learn how to identify a concept that can carry one hundred episodes or more; how to create characters who will stay interesting year after year; how to design the unique world those characters will live in; how to identify the essential elements that will set your series apart from everyone else's; and most importantly, how to capture it all in one 60-page script.

This book will take you through the entire process, from your initial idea through the finished script. He has written a dozen pilots for broadcast and cable networks, and written and/or produced more than 300 hours of dramatic television. Television networks are so desperate for new voices and fresh ideas that for the first time in history they're buying spec pilot scripts and turning them into series.

Today's aspiring writer can be tomorrow's showrunner. His recent writing credits include Monk, Psych, and The Glades. It's like having your very own scriptwriting Guru. ". Conceiving and writing a pilot that can launch a series is a complex assignment even for a seasoned pro. William rabkin is a veteran showrunner whose executive producing credits include the long-running Diagnosis Murder and the action hit Martial Law.

Writing the Pilot #ad - He currently teaches screenwriting in the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert's low residency MFA program. Mark haskell smith, author or baked raves: ""packed with wit and wisdom, William Rabkin gives a TV insider's perspective and tells you what you need to know to write a successful pilot.

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