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TV's most wanted : the top 10 book of crazy casting, off-camera clashes, and other oddities
Tonks, Douglas.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Brassey's, [2003]

Physical Description:
xv, 283 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
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PN1992.9 .T66 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The creator of The Brady Bunch originally wanted Gene Hackman to play Mike Brady. Bob Denver, Gilligan of Gilligan's Island , was a teacher before he broke into showbiz. Jennifer Anniston was a cast member of four different TV shows prior to making it big on Friends . Rock legend Glen Frey had one of the shortest stints ever in prime time TV when his show, South of Sunse t, was cancelled after just one episode.

In TV's Most Wanted , Douglas Tonks delves into the best and worst shows and reveals little-known facts about your favorite stars. Arranged in top 10 lists, this latest addition to the popular Most Wanted series runs the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous. Whether it's revisiting milestones or revealing esoteric facts, this book has something for everyone.

Author Notes

Douglas Tonks is a former editor for the Hollywood Reporter and is currently a writer and book editor. He lives in Chicago

Table of Contents

List of Photographsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
1. Connected by Television: History unfolds on the TV screenp. 1
2. War Is Funny: Situation comedies about the militaryp. 9
3. The Name in the Title: Performers with the most series named for themp. 21
4. Animal Magnetism: Animals starring in their own showsp. 37
5. Games People Play: When sports and television mixp. 43
6. Top of the Pops: TV themes as hit recordsp. 56
7. Holy Oscar, Batman! Special Guest Villains with Academy Awards or nominationsp. 65
8. Where Was That, Again? TV shows named for citiesp. 74
9. Small Screen to Big: TV shows that became moviesp. 82
10. A Good Slogan Is Forever: Commercials we rememberp. 95
11. The Came from the Skies!: Aliens who had TV showsp. 102
12. It's Like Grand Central Station: Visitors to Gilligan's Islandp. 113
13. The More the Merrier: Actors who have starred in the most TV seriesp. 124
14. Spin-Offs That Spun Out: Popular characters who couldn't make it on their ownp. 149
15. Before They Were Stars: TV performers and their day jobsp. 155
16. Behind-the-Scenes Relationships: What happened when the cameras stopped?p. 161
17. Prime-Time Cartoons: Animated shows that escaped the Saturday morning ghettop. 171
18. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: One-episode wondersp. 182
19. They're All Wet: Undersea showsp. 191
20. Try and Try Again: Performers' false starts on the way to a hit seriesp. 202
21. It's Who You Know: Seinfeld girlfriends who got their own showsp. 217