Difficult Men

Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

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Publisher Description

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 television’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.

GENRE
Arts & Entertainment
RELEASED
2013
June 27
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.8
MB

Customer Reviews

turg2323 ,

Recommended for any writer

The passages on Weiner, Chase and Gilligan alone are worth it. The sagging middle, with too much detail about lesser shows, can easily be skimmed. Highly recommended for anyone interested in how this era's unique intersection of art and commerce resulted in some of our finest contemporary stories and artists.

EdgarDaGawd ,

Absolutely loved it.

A very insightful look at the people behind one of the greatest creative eras. The book celebrates their genius while also shining light on their problematic tendencies. It’s honest, informative, and the perfect read for casual fans, TV writer hopefuls, and any execs who wanna know how to do it right.

Jon Weiman ,

Fantastic read .

Excellent book! Loved it.

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