Top of the Rock Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV

ISBN-10: 0307739767
ISBN-13: 9780307739766
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Description: Seinfeld,Friends,Frasier,ER,Cheers,Law & Order,Will & Grace…Here is the funny, splashy, irresistible insiders’ account of the greatest era in television history -- told by the actors, writers, directors, producers, and the network executives who  More...

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List price: $19.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Seinfeld,Friends,Frasier,ER,Cheers,Law & Order,Will & Grace…Here is the funny, splashy, irresistible insiders’ account of the greatest era in television history -- told by the actors, writers, directors, producers, and the network executives who made it happen…and watched it all fall apart.Warren Littlefield was the NBC President of Entertainment who oversaw the Peacock Network’s rise from also-ran to a division that generated a billion dollars in profits. In this fast-paced and exceptionally entertaining oral history, Littlefield and NBC luminaries including Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Julianna Marguiles, Anthony Edwards, Noah Wylie, Debra Messing, Jack Welch, Jimmy Burrows, Helen Hunt, and Dick Wolf vividly recapture the incredible era of Must See TV.From 1993 through 1998, NBC exploded every conventional notion of what a broadcast network could accomplish with the greatest prime-time line-up in television history. On Thursday nights, a cavalcade of groundbreaking comedies and dramas streamed into homes, attracting a staggering 75 million viewers and generating more revenue than all other six nights of programming combined. The road to success, however, was a rocky one. How do you turn a show likeSeinfeld, one of the lowest testing pilots of all time, into a hit when the network overlords are constantly warring, or worse, drowning in a bottle of vodka?   Top of the Rockis an addictively readable account of the risky business decisions, creative passion, and leaps of faith that made Must See TV possible. Chock full of delicious behind-the-scenes anecdotes that run the gamut from hilarious casting and programming ploys to petty jealousies and drug interventions, you’re in for a juicy, unputdownable read.

Before retiring a couple of years ago at the age of fifty-nine, I was an executive in the water industry. I hold a degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in civil engineering. I have had rewarding career providing safe drinking water to the citizens of Winnipeg, as well as serving on the boards of the American Water Works Association and the Water Research Foundation. I am proud to have been one of the founding directors of Water for People Canada, a charitable organization dedicated to raising funds and constructing safe water supplies in developing countries. Before this book, my writing products were limited to articles in trade journals, conference publications, lectures and a wide array of reports.But these things in no way define me. They are ancillary to most important undertaking in my life thus far; my role as caregiver to my late wife Lynne. Lynne was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer's disease and it was my privilege to care for her from the time that she became ill at age 50 until her passing at age 63 in 2011. This front-line perspective has allowed me to chronicle our lives from inception until Lynne's passing and beyond. I hope that Lynne's story will inspire you and that in sharing our journey, you find a bit of hope. I can be reached at tompleasedontforgetme@gmail.com and would love to hear your commentary on the book.

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Players Guide
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Bill & Jack
Yada Yada Yada
Master of My Domain
King of the Hill
Voil�!
Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs
Six of One
I'll Be There for You
County General
He's Just a Little Kid!
It Rhymes
Batting for the Other Team
Story Camp
Thank You and Good Night
"You're Fired!"
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