Difficult Men

Difficult Men

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A revealing look at the shows that helped TV 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 on cable channels dramatically stretched televisiona€™s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic 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, David Simon, David Milch, and Alan Ball; in addition to other writers, executives, directors and actors. Martin delivers never-before-heard story after story, revealing how cable television became a truly significant and influential part of our culture.The name was quickly replaced with a placeholder: Home Box Office. ... that two other programming elements made possible by its premium status did as much as anything else to distinguish the networka#39;s identity: breasts and curse words.

Title:Difficult Men
Author:Brett Martin
Publisher:Penguin - 2013-06-27


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