'The Revolution Was Televised' is on sale now!
Last week, I told you all about my new book, "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever," and said that it would go on sale around the week of Thanksgiving. As it turns out, the Kindle and Nook editions of the book were released much earlier than expected, while the paperback has come out slightly ahead of schedule today. (Other digital editions, for the iBookstore, Sony Reader, Kobo, etc., should be coming at some point in the next few weeks. The distributor I use for those sites works on a different schedule from everyone else. But if you want to read it on an iPad or iPhone, the Kindle app is really good, and is what I use for eBooks.)
For those who missed that earlier post, or the separate book website I set up, or the Frequently Asked Questions list on said site, "The Revolution Was Televised" is my look back at the way the groundbreaking dramas of the last 15 years — roughly from "The Sopranos," "Oz" and "Buffy" through to "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" — transformed the TV business and how seriously we take it. It's almost entirely new material (a couple of chapters lean a bit more on archival interviews in cases where the creator wasn't available to do a new one), featuring new conversations with all three of the HBO Davids (Chase, Simon, Milch), Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, Shawn Ryan, Vince Gilligan, Tom Fontana, Howard Gordon, Jason Katims, Ron Moore and David Eick, Jane Espenson, and a whole lot more.
It's a tribute to this great era I've been lucky enough to cover, and the early reaction from people who downloaded digital versions of the book has been very positive.
Since versions of the book have been available for a couple of weeks now, I also thought I'd use this post as an excuse to take additional questions about it beyond the ones in the FAQ, both from people who've read it and those who are considering it. So have at it, and I hope everybody likes the book.
I ask it about other people's work, so may as well about my own: what did everybody else think?
2013 | Drama | NRSummary: Irene, nicknamed 'Honey', has devote herself to people looking for help, and tries to alleviate their suffering even when they make extreme decisions. One day she has to cope with Grimaldi and his invisible malaise.Director: Valeria Golino
Cast: Jasmine Trinca, Carlo Cecchi, Libero De Rienzo, Vinicio Marchioni
2001 | Comedy | PG-13Summary: Clear the runway for Derek Zoolander, VH1's three-time male model of the year. His face falls when hippie-chic "he's so hot right now" Hansel scooters in to steal this year's award. The evil fashion guru Mugatu seizes the opportunity to turn Derek into a killing machine. Its a well-designed consp...Director: Ben Stiller
Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell
1996 | Comedy | GSummary: The Live action adaptation of a Disney Classic. When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.Director: Stephen Herek
Cast: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright
2010 | Family | PGSummary: Two mismatched wolves embark on a cross-country quest to get back home and restore peace in their pack after being relocated thousands of miles away by well-meaning park rangers. Quick-witted Humphrey (voice of Justin Long) likes to frolic with friends and play video games with squirrels; discipl...Director: Anthony Bell, Ben Gluck
Cast: Hayden Panettiere, Justin Long, Dennis Hopper, Christina Ricci
1982 | Musical | PGSummary: From comic strip to broadway musical to big-screen family adventure, we follow the orphan Annie, whose search for her birth parents is eventually aided by initially opportunistic politician Oliver Warbucks. With Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, and Tim Curry.Director: John Huston
Cast: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Tim Curry
1946 | Drama | NRSummary: A widower gives his daughter Anne a colt, which she names Black Beauty, so that she may learn to care for herself as she cares for the horse.Director: Max Nosseck
Cast: Mona Freeman, Richard Denning, Evelyn Ankers
2008 | Thriller | NRSummary: A radio DJ at the end of his rope listens as society crumbles outside his studio thanks to a virus-like outbreak in this surprising and unusual thriller.Director: Bruce McDonald
Cast: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly
1974 | Drama | RSummary: Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits,...Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez
1991 | Adventure | PGSummary: The boy who wasn't supposed to grow up—Peter Pan—did just that, becoming a soulless corporate lawyer whose workaholism could cost him his wife and kids. But a trip to see Granny Wendy in London, where the vengeful Capt. Hook kidnaps Peter's kids and forces Peter to return to Neverland, could lead...Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins
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