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Top of the rock : inside the rise and fall of must see TV
Warren Littlefield and T. R. Pearson
Adult Nonfiction PN1992.92.N37 L58 2012

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Former NBC Entertainment president Littlefield, who now runs his own TV production company, recalls, "When I was running NBC Entertainment, the shows that made our schedule were my choices, and I didn't ask approval of anyone." To detail the exuberant 1990s' events in the Peacock Network's ascendancy (with such shows as Frasier, Friends, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, and ER), Littlefield and novelist Pearson (A Short History of a Small Place) interviewed more than 50 actors, writers, producers, agents, and executives. Throughout, much praise is aimed at director Jim Burrows, labeled by Littlefield as "the most successful director in television comedy-ever." The 19 contributing actors include Kelsey Grammer, Sean Hayes, Lisa Kudrow, John Lithgow, Julianna Margulies, and Jerry Seinfeld, but "the network suits" get equal time. Rather than a q&a format, excerpted quotes are spliced chronologically by subject. Thus, the voices of 15 people trace Seinfeld from its "disastrous" 1989 pilot tests to its newsworthy finale nine seasons later. Littlefield unleashed a "financial geyser" at NBC, and these revelatory glimpses of those glory days make this one of the more entertaining books published about the television industry. (May 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Former NBC president of entertainment Littlefield, writing with novelist Pearson (Glad News of the Natural World), describes his tenure, during which shows such as Seinfeld, Friends, Will & Grace, and ER were redefining prime-time network TV in the 1990s. The authors present an inside look at developments during that time via a collection of interviews from such luminaries as Jerry Seinfeld, Debra Messing, Anthony Edwards, and Lisa Kudrow. Seinfeld, for example, goes into detail about the evolution of his eponymous series, from how the cast came together so perfectly to why he ended it when he did. Littlefield describes the evolution of how the shows came into being and how they eventually became among the most loved and highly rated in TV history. VERDICT This entertaining, easy-to-read book is recommended for readers who want the inside scoop on network television and those nostalgic for the Thursday night "Must See TV" lineup so well loved in the 1990s.-Sally Bryant, -Pepperdine Univ. Lib., Malibu, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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