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The Resource Difficult men : behind the scenes of a creative revolution: from the Sopranos and the wire to Mad men and Breaking bad, Brett Martin

Difficult men : behind the scenes of a creative revolution: from the Sopranos and the wire to Mad men and Breaking bad, Brett Martin

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Difficult men : behind the scenes of a creative revolution: from the Sopranos and the wire to Mad men and Breaking bad
Title
Difficult men
Title remainder
behind the scenes of a creative revolution: from the Sopranos and the wire to Mad men and Breaking bad
Statement of responsibility
Brett Martin
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "A riveting and revealing look at the shows that helped cable television drama emerge as the signature art form of the twenty-first century In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows, first on premium cable channels like HBO and then basic cable networks like FX and AMC, dramatically stretched television's narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating always-likable characters, plots that wrapped up neatly every episode, or subjects that were deemed safe and appropriate, shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Deadwood, The Shield, and more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality, addiction, race, violence, and existential boredom. Just as the Big Novel had in the 1960s and the subversive films of New Hollywood had in 1970s, television shows became the place to go to see stories of the triumph and betrayals of the American Dream at the beginning of the twenty-first century. This revolution happened at the hands of a new breed of auteur: the all-powerful writer-show runner. These were men nearly as complicated, idiosyncratic, and "difficult" as the conflicted protagonists that defined the genre. Given the chance to make art in a maligned medium, they fell upon the opportunity with unchecked ambition. Combining deep reportage with cultural analysis and historical context, Brett Martin recounts the rise and inner workings of a genre that represents not only a new golden age for TV but also a cultural watershed. Difficult Men features extensive interviews with all the major players, including David Chase (The Sopranos), David Simon and Ed Burns (The Wire), Matthew Weiner and Jon Hamm (Mad Men), David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood), and Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), in addition to dozens of other writers, directors, studio executives, actors, production assistants, makeup artists, script supervisors, and so on. Martin takes us behind the scenes of our favorite shows, delivering never-before-heard story after story and revealing how cable TV has distinguished itself dramatically from the networks, emerging from the shadow of film to become a truly significant and influential part of our culture."--
  • "In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows, first on premium cable channels like HBO and then basic cable networks like FX and AMC, dramatically stretched television's narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating always-likable characters, plots that wrapped up neatly every episode, or subjects that were deemed safe and appropriate, shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Deadwood, The Shield, and more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality, addiction, race, violence, and existential boredom. This revolution happened at the hands of a new breed of auteur: the all-powerful writer-show runner. These were men nearly as complicated, idiosyncratic, and "difficult" as the conflicted protagonists that defined the genre."--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
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Martin, Brett
Dewey number
791.450973/09049
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN1992.8.S4
LC item number
M2655 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Television series
  • Television broadcasting
  • Television program genres
  • Television actors and actresses
  • Cable television
  • PERFORMING ARTS
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Cable television
  • Television actors and actresses
  • Television broadcasting
  • Television program genres
  • Television series
  • United States
  • Filmschauspieler
  • Filmschaffender
  • Fernsehserie
  • USA
  • Tv-serier
  • Television
  • Radio & TV
  • Radio & TV
  • Television series
  • Television broadcasting
  • Television program genres
  • Television actors and actresses
  • Cable television
Label
Difficult men : behind the scenes of a creative revolution: from the Sopranos and the wire to Mad men and Breaking bad, Brett Martin
Link
ftp://ppftpuser:welcome@ftp01.penguingroup.com/BooksellersandMedia/Covers/2008_2009_New_Covers/9781594204197.jpg
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Previously on : In this maligned medium ; Which films? ; A great notion ; Should we do this? Can we do this? -- The beast in He : Difficult men ; The arguer ; The magic Hubig's ; Being the boss ; A big piece of equipment ; Have a take, try not to suck -- The inheritors : Shooting the dog ; See you at the Emmys ; The happiest room in Hollywood
Control code
ocn826121185
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9781594204197
Lccn
2012047001
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022503478
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781594204197
  • (OCoLC)826121185
Label
Difficult men : behind the scenes of a creative revolution: from the Sopranos and the wire to Mad men and Breaking bad, Brett Martin
Link
ftp://ppftpuser:welcome@ftp01.penguingroup.com/BooksellersandMedia/Covers/2008_2009_New_Covers/9781594204197.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Previously on : In this maligned medium ; Which films? ; A great notion ; Should we do this? Can we do this? -- The beast in He : Difficult men ; The arguer ; The magic Hubig's ; Being the boss ; A big piece of equipment ; Have a take, try not to suck -- The inheritors : Shooting the dog ; See you at the Emmys ; The happiest room in Hollywood
Control code
ocn826121185
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9781594204197
Lccn
2012047001
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022503478
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781594204197
  • (OCoLC)826121185

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