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TV creators : conversations with America's top producers of television drama
Longworth, James L., 1954-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2000.
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xxxii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Dick Wolf: law man -- David Chase: "Hit" man -- Tom Fontana: the wizard of Oz -- Nancy Miller: poster girl for perseverance -- Marshall Herskovitz: TV craftsman -- David Milch: phi beta cop -- John Masius: man of principles and providence -- John Wells: the thirteen-million-dollar man -- Brenda Hampton: friend of the "family" -- Ed Zwick: man of action -- Barry Levinson: rebel with a cause -- Steven Bocho: legend of the fall.

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ER, Law and Order and The Sopranos are just a few of the dramas that launched a new era of television at the turn of the millennium. This text gives scholars and fans alike a firsthand account of the lives, philosophy and contribution of some of the best writers and producers of the 1980s and 1990s.

Author Notes

James L. Longworth, Jr. is president of Longworth Communications, Inc. in Petersburg, Virginia, and a thirty-year veteran producer of television documentaries and public affairs programming. A voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, he publishes On Call and has written articles for TV Guide and other television magazines

Table of Contents

Dick WolfDavid ChaseTom FontanaNancy MillerMarshall HerskovitzDavid MilchJohn MasiusJohn WellsBrenda HamptonEd ZwickBarry LevinsonSteven BochcoAfterword
Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Producer Profilesp. xxix
1. Law Manp. 1
2. "Hit" Manp. 20
3. The Wizard of Ozp. 37
4. Poster Girl for Perseverancep. 54
5. TV Craftsmanp. 72
6. Phi Beta Copp. 89
7. Man of Principles and Providencep. 103
8. The Thirteen-Million-Dollar Manp. 119
9. Friend of the "Family"p. 137
10. Man of Actionp. 155
11. Rebel With a Causep. 174
12. Legend of the Fallp. 191
13. TV Drama--A Case For Proper Recognitionp. 210
A. The Dramas of the 1999-2000 Television Season by Categoryp. 215
B. Dramas of the 1999-2000 Television Season by Time Slotp. 217
Selected Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 223