Difficult Men

Difficult Men

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

Book - 2013
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"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."--
Published: New York :, The Penguin Press,, 2013.
ISBN: 9781594204197
1594204195
Branch Call Number: 791.4509 MAR
Characteristics: 303 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm

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trotter73
Sep 02, 2014

mostly about the Sopranos & The Wire. Mad Men & Breaking Bad were quickly glossed over near the end of the book.

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SallyAnneSyberg
May 24, 2014

A pleasant, easy, informative read. Too bad women do not figure more prominently in front of or behind the scenes.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 22, 2013

A book that's been due for a while, this charts the rise of the cable series from second class citizen (perpetually overshadowed by movies) to a serious artistic and cultural endeavor. If you've been to a party in the law few years, I'm sure you've heard people say that TV is better than movies right now. The title refers to both the anti-heroes who populate series such as "The Sopranos" (The Beatles of prestige cable series) and "Breaking Bad" and to the often cantankerous men who created them. The author traces some important precursors, discusses the development of major shows like "The Wire" and "Mad Men" and concludes by briefly touching on current series ("Girls," "Game of Thrones"). Entertaining and informative reading for fans of these shows.

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