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Television Westerns: Six Decades of Sagebrush Sheriffs, Scalawags, and Sidewinders

by Alvin H. Marill Scarecrow Press (June 01, 2011)

This volume looks at the Western as it was represented from the beginning of television, encompassing all manifestations of the Western, including such series as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and The Wild, Wild West, as...


The Dick Van Dyke Show

by Ginny Weissman St. Martin's Press (November 11, 2014)

In the history of television, there are very few shows that can truly be called "classics." The Dick Van Dyke Show is one of those few--and for the first time, authors Weissman and Sanders have succeed in capturing...


Historical Dictionary of African American Television

by Kathleen Fearn-Banks & Anne Burford-Johnson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 03, 2014)

This second edition covers the history of African Americans on television from the beginning of national television through the present day including:

  • chronology;
  • introductory essay
  • appendixes
  • bibliography
  • over...


Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television

by Laura Mattoon D'Amore Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2014)

In Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television, Laura Mattoon D’Amore brings together a collection of essays that examine the disparate portrayals of beauty and brains in...


The Daily Show and Rhetoric: Arguments, Issues, and Strategies

by Trischa Goodnow, Aaron Hess, Penina Wiesman & Kelly Wilz et al. Lexington Books (March 31, 2011)

The Daily Show and Rhetoric approaches the popular program from a scholarly, rhetorical perspective to uncover the rhetorical nature of the show. Using a variety of rhetorical methods, the book, taken as a whole,...


Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests

by James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales Little, Brown and Company (September 09, 2014)

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade.

When first published to celebrate the 30th...


Superhero Synergies: Comic Book Characters Go Digital

by James N. Gilmore & Matthias Stork Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 06, 2014)

This collection of essays explores the developing relationship between superheroes and various forms of media, examining how the superhero genre, which was once limited primarily to a single medium (comic books/graphic...


Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition: Cultural Contexts in Monty Python

by Tomasz Dobrogoszcz & Terry Jones Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 16, 2014)

This short collection of essays looks at the television show and films produced by the Monty Python troupe from a number of perspectives:

  • Gender studies
  • Post-structuralism
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Cultural studies


Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery: An Essay on Popular Culture

by Eva Illouz Columbia University Press (November 05, 2003)

-- Amy B. Jordan, Director of the Media and the Developing Mind Sector, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania


Talking Dirty on Sex and the City: Romance, Intimacy, Friendship

by Beatriz Oria Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 05, 2014)

Sex and the City (1998-2004) was one of the most popular programs on HBO, spawned two successful feature films in 2008 and 2010, and continues to do well in syndication. This book explores how Sex and the City...


As It Happened

by William S. Paley Simon & Schuster (June 24, 2014)

As it Happened is a landmark memoir, the first of its kind by a giant of the communications media. It is the intimate and straightforward story of an original, the life and growth of an extraordinary man and...


The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues

by Jason Barr & Camille D. G. Mustachio Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 15, 2014)

The BBC television series Doctor Who has been a cherished cornerstone of science fiction for five decades. This edited collection provides critical analyses of the series, connecting popular culture and academia...


Joss Whedon's Dollhouse: Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity

by Sherry Ginn, Alyson R. Buckman & Heather M. Porter Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 08, 2014)

This collection of essays contextualizes Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse as a postmodern investigation into what makes us human and as an examination of how technology invariably transforms our identity and perhaps...


Doctor Who and the Art of Adaptation: Fifty Years of Storytelling

by Marcus K. Harmes Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 01, 2014)

Doctor Who is one of the most enduring British programs over the last 50 years and its success has translated to the U.S., where it has been shown for decades, first on PBS stations and currently on BBC America....


Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture

by Bob Batchelor, Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones & Catherine Bailey Kyle et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2014)

Despite the increasing variety of heroic women portrayed in film, television, and other popular culture channels, much of the understanding of heroines has been limited to females as versions of male heroes...


Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice

by Sean Zwagerman, Diana Solomon, Paul Matthew St. Pierre & Anne Higgins et al. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (March 27, 2014)

Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice brings together leading researchers from Canada, the United States, and Europe in an interdisciplinary collection of essays to chart the future of critical inquiry...


The Untold History Of Television

by Kathleen Olmstead HarperCollins Publishers (April 22, 2014)

The Untold History of Television provides a captivating glimpse behind the scenes of the groundbreaking series that have both defined and changed the pop culture landscape. Go behind the scenes to explore the...


The Boys Of Saturday Night

by Scott Young HarperCollins Publishers (April 08, 2014)

Since its first radio broadcast in November 1931, Hockey Night in Canada has been a Canadian tradition. In The Boys of Saturday Night, author Scott Young, a veteran sportscaster and journalist, dives into the...


Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle

by Carlen Lavigne, Kimberley McMahon-Coleman, Ryan Lizardi & Heather Marcovitch et al. Lexington Books (February 27, 2014)

Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle, edited by Carlen Lavigne, examines multiple definitions of television remakes, from reboots (like Charlie’s Angels) to adaptations (The Walking Dead) and sequels...


The Sports Film: Games People Play

by Bruce Babington WallFlower Press (March 14, 2014)

After covering the genre's early history and theorizing its general characteristics, this volume then focuses on specific instances of sports films, such as the biopic, the sports history film, the documentary,...


Sky Train: Stories from CBC's Fresh Air

by Ward McBurney & Jeff Goodes Dundurn (September 01, 2001)

Sky Train collects 35 of McBurneys creative non-fiction pieces, in which Isaac Brock, steam trains, ghost soldiers, and lost loves all find a home.


Movies and TV: The New York Public Library Book of Answers

by Melinda Corey, Diane Corey & George Ochoa Touchstone (July 01, 1992)

If you're a movie or television fan - how many of these questions can you answer?

  • What was the last picture show in The Last Picture Show?
  • Where was the stagecoach headed in Stagecoach?
  • What was the name...

  • Dangerously Funny

    by David Bianculli Touchstone (December 01, 2009)

    An unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour -- the provocative, politically charged program that shocked the censors, outraged the White House, and forever...


    A Source Book in Theatrical History

    by A. M. Nagler Dover Publications (April 09, 2013)

    A rich resource for students of theater and theater historians, this volume features an annotated collection of more than 300 unusually interesting and detailed articles. Passages by contemporary observers from...


    From Starship Captains to Galactic Rebels: Leaders in Science Fiction Television

    by Kimberly Yost Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 12, 2013)

    Drawing upon her background in Organizational Leadership, the author looks at the various representations of leadership in science fiction programs of the last 50 years. She examines how the various leaders...


    The Tudors: It's Good to Be King

    by Michael Hirst Gallery Books (June 30, 2008)

    The Tudors is an intimate, delicious, and daring drama revealing the early years of Henry VIII, an idealistic, lustful tyrant torn between bedding wives and mistresses and conquering Europe. This is not the...


    Antiques Roadshow Behind the Scenes

    by Marsha Bemko & Mark L. Walberg Touchstone (December 01, 2009)

    An all-access pass to America's first (and favorite) reality television program -- boasting over ten million viewers each week -- Antiques Roadshow!

    If you're a fan of PBS's top-rated Antiques Roadshow, you've...


    Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series

    by David P. Pierson Lexington Books (November 21, 2013)

    Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series, edited by David P. Pierson, examines the social contexts, cultural politics, and visual, aural, and narrative...


    The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time

    by Martin Gitlin Scarecrow Press (November 07, 2013)

    Since the advent of network television, situation comedies have been a staple of prime-time programming. In this book, Martin Gitlin has assembled the top 70 sitcoms in television history. The rankings were...


    Television Introductions: Narrated TV Program Openings since 1949

    by Vincent Terrace Scarecrow Press (November 07, 2013)

    Since the beginning of network television, many shows have been preceded by an opening announcement or a theme song that served various purposes. In Television Introductions: Narrated TV Program Openings, Vincent...


    Blockbusters

    by Anita Elberse Henry Holt and Co. (October 15, 2013)

    Why the future of popular culture will revolve around ever bigger bets on entertainment products, by one of Harvard Business School's most popular professors

    What's behind the phenomenal success of entertainment...


    Historical Dictionary of Old Time Radio

    by Jon D. Swartz & Robert C. Reinehr Scarecrow Press (November 12, 2007)

    The term Old Time Radio refers to the relatively brief period from 1926, when the National Broadcasting Company first began network broadcasting, until approximately 1960, when television became the dominant...


    Saturday Night Live and American TV

    by Nicholas James Marx, Matthew Scott Sienkiewicz & Ronald P Becker Indiana University Press (October 02, 2013)

    For over 35 years, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" has greeted late night-TV viewers looking for the best in sketch comedy and popular music. SNL is the variety show that launched the careers of a...


    And Still Peace Did Not Come: A Memoir of Reconciliation

    by Agnes Kamara-Umunna Hachette Books (March 22, 2011)

    When bullets hit Agnes Kamara-Umunna's home in Monrovia, Liberia, she and her father hastily piled whatever they could carry into their car and drove toward the border, along with thousands of others. An army...


    American Idol: The Untold Story

    by Richard Rushfield Hachette Books (January 18, 2011)

    The currency is fame, and it's bigger than money, more desired than power. Each season American Idol delivers on a promise whose epic scope is unparalleled in the annals of competition: to take an unknown dreamer...


    Professional Idiot: A Memoir

    by Stephen Steve-O Glover & David Peisner Hachette Books (June 07, 2011)

    "It's mind-blowing to me how utterly far gone Steve-O was, and how he looks back on it in this book with such intelligence, humor, and searing honesty. What a truly unbelievable life."

    --Johnny Knoxville

    From...


    License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver

    by Rick Harrison Hachette Books (June 07, 2011)

    In Las Vegas, there's a family-owned business called the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, run by three generations of the Harrison family: Rick; his son, Big Hoss; and Rick's dad, the Old Man. Now License to Pawn takes...


    The ABC Movie of the Week: Big Movies for the Small Screen

    by Michael McKenna Scarecrow Press (August 22, 2013)

    This book looks at the cultural impact of the ABC Movie of the Week, the first weekly movies series made for television, which began in 1969 and ran for six years. Films that debuted on the program include Brian’s...


    Popular Culture and the Future of Politics: Cultural Studies and the Tao of South Park

    by Ted Gournelos Lexington Books (September 30, 2009)

    Popular Culture and the Future of Politics examines changes in popular culture and political culture in the United States, particularly in terms of progressive change. Because it provides overviews of theory...


    Meet the Mertzes

    by Rob Edelman & Audrey Kupferberg St. Martin's Press (August 27, 2013)

    Meet the Mertzes is an expansive dual biography chronicling the lives of two of America's most popular situation-comedy actors, William Frawley and Vivian Vance, who portrayed Fred and Ethel Mertz on I Love...


    NPR: The Trials and Triumphs of National Public Radio

    by Michael P. McCauley Columbia University Press (June 14, 2005)

    The people who shaped America’s public broadcasting system thought it should be "a civilized voice in a civilized community"—a clear alternative to commercial broadcasting. This book tells the story of how...


    Peggy Gilbert & Her All-Girl Band

    by Jeannie Gayle Pool, Jane Wagner & Lily Tomlin Scarecrow Press (February 08, 2008)

    In Peggy Gilbert & Her All-Girl Band, Jeannie Gayle Pool profiles the fascinating life of this multi-talented saxophone player, arranger, bandleader, and advocate for women instrumental musicians. Based on oral...


    Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown

    by Ryan Buell & Stefan Petrucha Dey Street Books (September 21, 2010)

    On the hit A&E series Paranormal State, Ryan Buell and his team of investigators delve deep into the mysterious world of ghosts, demonic disturbances, and sixth-sense sightings that shadows our everyday reality....


    Anything Goes!: What I've Learned from Pundits, Politicians, and Presidents

    by Larry King & Pat Piper Grand Central Publishing (October 01, 2000)

    As host of Larry King Live -- one of the most popular daily forums for political news and commentary -- King has used his show to ask probing questions of the pundits, spin doctors, major politicians, and the...


    All Due Respect . . . The Sopranos Changes Everything: A Chapter From The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall

    by Alan Sepinwall Touchstone (June 25, 2013)

    "The Sopranos is the one [show] that made the world realize something special was happening on television. It rewrote the rules and made TV a better, happier place for thinking viewers, even as it was telling...


    MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom

    by Letizia Guglielmo Scarecrow Press (May 30, 2013)

    In MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, contributors from a variety of backgrounds and expertise offer potent essays about the MTV programs 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and...


    Season Finale

    by Susanne Daniels & Cynthia Littleton HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

    In the mid-1990s, two major Hollywood studios, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures, each launched their own broadcast television network with the hope of becoming the fifth major player in an industry long dominated...


    Reading Mystery Science Theater 3000: Critical Approaches

    by Shelley S. Rees Scarecrow Press (April 26, 2013)

    First broadcast in the not too distant past on a television station in Minnesota, Mystery Science Theater 3000 soon grew out of its humble beginnings and found a new home on cable television. This simple show...


    Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic

    by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong Simon & Schuster (May 07, 2013)

    "Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's deft weave of social history and sharp entertainment reporting explains how [The Mary Tyler Moore Show] made the world safe for Lena Dunham" (Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders,...


    How to Honey Boo Boo

    by Shannon & Thompson Family & Jennifer Levesque William Morrow Paperbacks (July 16, 2013)

    From the moment they met Alana Thompson, Americans from coast to coast fell under the spell of the pint-size pageant queen and her loud and proud family. Now, in this authorized guide infused with their down-to-earth...