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Untitled Comedy Feature Film [Fox 2000 release 2017?]
Announced 9/2016: Fox 2000 purchased a new spec script by Mindy Kaling, with Emma Thompson attached to star; story has Thompson as star of floundering
late night TV talk show who hires her first female writer (Kaling); Scott Rudin & Mindy Kaling & Howard Klein will produce • not yet listed at IMDb

"Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy"
[Apatow/DreamWorks July 2004] /tt0357413/

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"
[Apatow/Paramount Dec 2013?] /tt1229340/
Announced 3/2012: Will Ferrell reported (in character as Ron Burgundy) on Conan O’Brien’s
late-night T.B.S. show that the sequel to “Anchorman” is a 'go' project.
5/2012 teaser trailer [1:18] at IMDb

"Beyond A Reasonable Doubt" remake
[RKO Pictures Sept 2004] /tt1183251/
TV reporters versus unethical district attorney; starring Jesse Metcalfe, Amber Tamblyn & Michael Douglas

"Broadcast  News"  [Gracie/Fox Dec 1987]
Broadcast News  A love triangle – between a female news producer who falls for the new pretty-boy anchor and the plain-looking news reporter who loves her – parallels the network's move from substance toward style. Co-produced, written & directed by James L. Brooks; starring William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky, Lois Chiles, Joan Cusack, Peter Hackes, Christian Clemenson, Jack Nicholson, Robert Katims, Ed Wheeler & Stephen Mendillo; Oscar nomina- tions for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Hurt), Best Actress (HH), Best Supporting Actor (AB), Best Cinema-tography & Best Editing; noms for DGA & WGA Awards
Fox widescreen color DVD [10/99] for $9.98
Fox color VHS [1/96] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb
Oscar-nominated movie script by James L. Brooks
Vintage pb [2/89] out of print/used

"Channel News" [indep 2012]
Channel News independent comedy film by Jacob Kindberg  Filmed in Apple Valley, Minnesota; real-life brother & sister portray two estranged siblings reduced to living together once again in their parent's Minnesota home. They discover home movies that they made together as kids, and after watching their old James Bond spoofs, talk shows, and 'Saturday Night Live' sketches, they are inspired to make 'The Sarah and Beau Show', a talk/variety show for the Internet. Produced, written & directed by Jacob Kindberg; starring Jacob & Sarah Kindberg, with Adam Lynch & Joe Burger
Shami Prodns color DVD [3/2014] for $13.46
credits at IMDbwatch official trailer [1:56] online at Vimeo

"The Day Today" [BBC-TV 1994] /tt0108740/
British spoof of British television news; six episodes in 1994, pilot episode of 2004; not available on Region 1 VHS or DVD

"Desk Set" [Fox May 1957]
Desk Set1957 movie starring Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn  The research department of a New York City TV network is under siege by a computer engineer; the library's department head needs no 'electronic brain' to unmask his secret purpose, and the resulting battle of wits and witty dialogue pits her fear of losing her job against her dawning attraction to the man. Produced & co-written by Henry Ephron; directed by Walter Lang; co-written by Phoebe Ephron; based on the Broadway play by William Marchant; color cinematography by Leon Shamroy; starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young, Joan Blondell & Dina Merrill
Fox Studio Classics widescreen color DVD [5/2004] for $14.49
Fox color VHS [1998] out of prodn/many used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Episodes" TV series [BBC-TV/Showtime Jan 2011] /tt1582350/
about British sitcom writers in Hollywood; starring Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig & Stephen Mangan

"Escape From The Newsroom" TV movie [Canada Oct 2002] /tt0328183/

"Father of Invention" [Europe 2010, USA Oct 2011]
Father of Invention movie starring Kevin Spacey  Filmed around New Orleans, Louisiana; an eccentric inventor becomes an ego-maniacal infomercial guru, then loses everything when one of his inventions maims thousands of customers. After eight years in maximum security prison, he sets out to rebuild his billion-dollar empire. But first, he must convince his estranged 22-year-old daughter to let him live with her and her quirky, over-protective roommates. Co-written & directed by Trent Cooper; co-produced & co-written by Jonathan D. Krane; co-produced by & starring Kevin Spacey; also starring Camilla Belle, Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, Anna Anissimova, John Stamos, Red West, Michael Rosenbaum, Danny Comden, Jack McGee, Craig Robinson & Virginia Madsen
Anchor Bay widescreen color Blu-ray [10/2011] for $13.77
Anchor Bay widescreen color DVD [10/2011] for $15.49
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

"Good Night, And, Good Luck"
[Warner Independent Oct 2005]
Good Night, and Good Luck poster  TV newsman Edward R. Murrow airs a story about a man discharged from the Navy without a trial. Murrow is accused of being a 'Communist sympathizer', and the C.B.S. news team goes on the offensive. "See It Now" airs a series of shows detailing the lies and un-Constitutional tactics of Senator Joe McCarthy, leading to McCarthy's censure by the U.S. Senate. Co-written & directed by & co-starring George Clooney; starring David Strathairn as Edward R. Murrow, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Frank Langella, with Joseph McCarthy via archive footage; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Script, Best Actor {DS, of course), Best Cinematograpy & Best Art Direction
Warner widescreen b&w DVD [3/2006] for $14.99
full credits from IMDb; official moviesite

"The Hour" series [BBC-TV 2011-2012]
Hour-long drama series set on a British news show in 1956, with personal stories alongside the Suez Canal crisis; two 6-episode seasons

"International House" sound feature [Paramount May 1933]
'International House' 1933 sound feature film starring W.C. Fields  Inventor Prof. Wong offers his new 'radioscope' (television) to bidders who appear in person at the International House Hotel in the remote city of Wu-Hu, China. Assorted wacky characters converge there, the American breaks out in a rash and gets the hotel quarantined, and Prof. Quail (Fields) arrives in his gyrocopter; the new invention shows old vaudeville and then-popular radio acts, including Cab Calloway performing 'Reefer Man'. • Directed by A. Edward Sutherland; screenplay by Francis Martin & Walter DeLeon from a story by Neil Brant & Louis E. Heifetz; starring W.C. Fields, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Rudy Vallee, Stuart Erwin, George Burns & Gracie Allen, Sari Maritza, Bela Lugosi, F. Chase Taylor {as Col. Stoopnagle}, Budd (Hulick), Cab Calloway and his orchestra, 'Baby Marie' Osborne, Franklin Pangborn, Edmund Breese, Lumsden Hare, Sterling Holloway, Lona Andre & Harrison Greene
Universal Studios b&w VHS [10/96] for $19.69
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
available on DVD as part of "W.C. Fields Comedy Collection - Volume One" 5-film box set [2004]
Universal Studios b&w DVD set [11/2004] 5 disks for $41.99
available on DVD as part of "W.C. Fields Comedy Favorites Collection" 10-film box set [2013]
Universal Studios b&w DVD set [4/2013] 3 disks for $12.49

"The Late Shift" [1996]

"The  Man  In  The  Gray  Flannel  Suit"
[Fox April 1956]
Man In The Gray Flannel Suit movie  A WWII veteran takes a temporary job at a New York tv network for the increase in pay, but is soon miserable. Adapted & directed by Nunnally Johnson, from the 1955 novel; music by Bernard Hermann; starring Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Fredric March, Marisa Pavan, Lee J. Cobb, Ann Harding, Keenan Wynn, Gene Lockhart, Gigi Perreau & Portland Mason
Fox widescreen color DVD [8/2005] for $10.99
Fox color VHS [10/97] for $18.98
Bernard Hermann soundtrack CD [9/99] for $17.98
full credits at IMDb
Man In The Gray Flannel Suit novel  
classic novel [1955] by Sloan Wilson [1920-2003]
Four Walls Eight Windows 8¼x5½ pb [9/2002] for $11.58
Buccaneer Books hardcover [12/91] out of print/used
"The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit II" [1984 sequel]
Arbor House hardcover [3/84] out of print/used

"Max Headroom" TV series [Warner/ABC-TV 1987-88]
full credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia

JG's Max Headroom fansite

Max Headroom Complete Series on DVD (cover, animated)  "Max Headroom: The Complete Series" [2010]
14 episodes made in U.K. for U.S. television; in the future, the television networks and executives rule the U.S. government, while the computer avatar of comatose rebel journalist Edison Carter and his allies expose their unethical activities. Starring Matt Frewer, Amanda Pays, Chris Young, Jeffrey Tambor, George Coe, Charles Rocket, Lee Wilkof, William Morgan Sheppard & Concetta Tomei
Shout! Factory color DVD [8/2010] 5 disks for $32.99

"Modern Marvels: Television - Window To The World"
[History Channel undated]
History Channel / Modern Marvels / Television  
A&E Home Video b&w/color DVD [4/2005] for $21.99
not listed at IMDb

"Morning Glory" [Paramount Pictures Nov 2010]
Morning Glory 2010 movie starring Harrison Ford  An aspiring network TV producer is given the job of saving a failing national morning show by controlling its two feuding anchors, who are wise and aging and talented veterans. Directed by Roger Michell; written by Aline Brosh McKenna; starring Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, John Pankow & Ty Burrell
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Murder By Television" [Cameo/Imperial Oct 1935]
Murder By Television starring Bela Lugosi  An inventor of a new television system refuses to sell the rights outright, and sets up a demonstration from his home. The first broadcast is successful, but during the second the inventor falls dead. Murder suspects include the inventor's assistant, a corporate agent who tried to bribe the assistant, a television engineer, and a rival TV scientist. Co-produced & directed by Clifford Sanforth; starring Bela Lugosi, June Collyer, Huntley Gordon, George Meeker, Henry Mowbray, Charles Hill Mailes, Claire McDowell, Hattie McDaniel, Allen Jung & Charles K. French
Alpha Video b&w DVD [2/2003] for $7.65
Synergy Ent. b&w DVD [5/2007] for $9.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

watch "Murder By Television" [54:03] free online at Internet Archive

"My Favorite Year" [1982] /tt0084370/
Directed by Richard Benjamin; starring Peter O'Toole

"Network"  [M.G.M. Nov 1976]
won Oscar for Best Script  won Oscar for Best Actor [Peter Finch]  won Oscar for Best Best Actress [Faye Dunaway]  won Oscar for Best Supporting Actress [Beatrice Straight]  
Network 1976 movie poster  
Aging network news anchor Howard Beale is fired, and his on-air tirade – "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!" – causes a sensation among his viewers, so he is rehired and given his own show. Directed by Sidney Lumet; written by Paddy Chayefsky; starring Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall, Beatrice Straight & Ned Beatty; won Oscars for Best Script, Best Actor [Finch], Best Actress [FD], Best Supporting Actress [BS], nominated for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Actor [WH], Best Supporting Actor [NB], Best Cinematography, Best Editing; won BAFTA for Best Actor [Finch], nominated for 8 more; won W.G.A. Award for Best Original Script
Warner Home Video color Blu-ray [2/2011] for $9.69
Warner widescreen color DVD [2/2006] 2 disks for $10.91
M.G.M. color VHS [5/96] for $6.99
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
novelization by Sam Hedrin
Penguin movie tie-in mass pb [11/76] out of print/used

"The Newsroom" [H.B.O. June 2012]
The Newsroom  Initial title "More As This Story Develops"; 10-episode mini-series centering on goofy anchor Jeff Daniels, with Sam Waterston as the president of the news division, Jane Fonda as owner of the network, and Emily Mortimer as the exec producer; other regulars include Alison Pill, Dev Patel, John Gallagher Jr., Olivia Munn & Thomas Sadoski; created, co-written & co-exec produced by Aaron Sorkin; added 4/2013: second season will air beginning in July 2013
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia

"Quiz Show" [1994]
Directed by Robert Redford;

"Ribbons In The Sky" [China]
Ribbons In The Sky  Apparently a Chinese-language B-movie; as the financial crisis of the 1990s
sweeps across Asia, the three color television magnates from China, Japan,
and Korea ally and yet compete with each other
• not listed on IMDb
Guangzhou Beauty Culture Commns. color DVD [3/2007] for $15.99

"Soap" TV series [1977–81] /tt0075584/

"Soapdish" [1991] /tt0102951/
starring Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Cathy Moriarty

"El Fuego Caliente (The Hot Fire)" remake of "Soapdish" [Paramount 2015?]  
Announced 9/2010: Paramount will film a Latin-themed remake of the 1991 cult comedy that takes place
on the set of a telenovela, with hitmaker Rob Reiner set to produce • latest info at IMDb

"Switching Channels" [1988] /tt0096203/
Directed by Ted Kotcheff, starring Christopher Reeve, Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds

"Television: The First 50 Years"
Television / First 50 Years on DVD  
Passport Video 100-min. b&w/color DVD [4/2003] for $12.99
not listed on IMDb

"31  Minutes" aka "31 Minutos, la Película"  [indep March 2008]
31 Minutes feature film in Spanish  In Spanish with English subtitles; based on the very popular Chilean parody television series of 2003-2005; when the news producer is kidnapped by evil millionaires, the whole Muppet-like '31 Minutes' Action News Team embarks on a quest to rescue him • Co-written & co-directed by Alvaro Díaz & Pedro Peirano; co-written by Daniel Castro & Rodrigo Salinas; with Tulio Treviño, Juan Carlos Bodoque, Juanin Juan Harry, Patana Tufillo, Policarpo Avendaño & Mario Hugo
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"Tootsie" [1982] /tt0084805/

"Trapped By Television" [Columbia Pictures June 1936]
Trapped By Television 1936 movie  A combination of sci-fi and comedy; a scientist hoping for financial backing for his television invention tangles with a crooked businessman and gangsters.
Directed by Del Lord; starring Mary Astor, Lyle Talbot, Nat Pendleton, Joyce Compton & Thurston Hall
Alpha Video b&w DVD [8/2004] for $7.98
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

watch "Trapped By Television" [1:03:37] free online at Internet Archive

"TV Golden Age Theater" TV dramas on DVD [2005-2009]
TV Golden Age Theater on DVD, Volume 1  
TV Golden Age Theater on DVD, Volume 2  
TV Golden Age Theater on DVD, Volume 4  
TV Golden Age Theater on DVD, Volume 5  
Volumes 1-6 DVD Box Set [2007]
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD set [8/2007] 6 disks for $32.49 - save $15.39 over disks 1-6 below
contains 24 b&w half-hour TV drama episodes from "Cavalcade of America" NBC series, "Four Star Playhouse" CBS series, "General Electric Theater" CBS series hosted by Ronald Reagan, "The Star and The Story" series hosted by Henry Fonda, "TV Reader's Digest" ABC series hosted by Hugh Reilly, and "Telephone Time" CBS series hosted by John Nesbitt – see below for disk details
Volume 1: Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [12/2005] for $7.98
contains 4 half-hour episodes from “General Electric Theater”: “Feathertop” Dec 1955 starring Natalie Wood, John Carlyle & Carleton Carpenter; “Let it Rain” Dec 1955 starring Ronald Reagan & Cloris Leachman; “The Honest Man” Feb 1956 starring Jack Benny, Charles Bronson, Zsa Zsa Gabor & Jack LaRue; and “The Golden Key” May 1956 starring Joe E. Brown, Kenny Delmar & Van Dyke Parks
Volume 2: Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [12/2005] for $7.98
contains 4 half-hour episodes from “General Electric Theater”: “Estaban's Legacy: Jan 1956 starring Ricardo Montalban, David Colmans & Sid Cassel; “In Summer Promise” Jan 1956 starring Joan Fontaine, Scott Marlowe & Betsy Palmer; “The Easter Gift” April 1956 starring Macdonald Carey, Robin Lawson, Michael Allen & Edward Brian; and “The Hat With Roses” May 1956 starring Gisele MacKenzie, Margaret Barker & Joseph Sullivan
Volume 3: Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [8/2006] for $7.98
contains 4 half-hour episodes: "A Place of His Own" from "Four Star Playhouse" Oct 1953 starring Charles Boyer, Ralph Moody, Jeanette Nolan & Ellen Corby; "The Adolescent" from "Four Star Playhouse" Oct 1954 starring Ida Lupino, Hugh Beaumont & John Doucette; "The Brainwashing of John Hayes" from "TV Reader's Digest" Nov 1955 starring Vincent Price & Steven Geray; and "The Golden Junkman" from "Telephone Time" April 1956 starring Lon Chaney Jr., Leslie Dennison & Corey Allen
Volume 4: Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [12/2006] for $7.98
contains 4 half-hour episodes: "Dark Stranger" from "The Star and The Story" Jan 1955 starring Edmond O'Brien & Joanne Woodward; "The Wild Bunch" from "Four Star Playhouse" Feb 1955 starring Charles Boyer, Natalie Wood, Barbara Stuart & Tommy Cook; "America's First Great Lady" from "TV Reader's Digest" March 1955 starring Gloria Talbott, John Stephenson & Richard Ney; and "Payment In Kind" from "The Star and The Story" Jan 1956 starring Howard Duff, Beverly Garland & Hal March
Volume 5: Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [12/2006] for $7.98
contains 4 half-hour episodes: "A String of Beads" from "Four Star Playhouse" Jan 1954 starring Angela Lansbury, George Macready, Nigel Bruce, hosted by Ronald Colman; "The Bomb" from "Four Star Playhouse" Feb 1954 starring David Niven, John Dehner & Anthony Marsh; "The Boy Nobody Wanted" from "Cavalcade of America" May 1956 starring Johnny Crawford, Virginia Gregg & James Nolan; and "Don Marshall's Brat" from "Cavalcade of America" March 1957 starring Russell Johnson, Patty McCormack & Paul Fix
Volume 6: Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [4/2007] for $7.98
contains 4 half-hour episodes from “General Electric Theater”: "Man On The Train" Jan 1953 starring David Niven, Alan Napier & Gordon Richards; “Sound Off, My Love” Feb 1953 starring Merle Oberon, Barbara Billingsley & James Seay; "House For Sale" Dec 1953 starring Ida Lupino, George Macready & Howard Negley; and “The Story of Emily Cameron” March 1956 starring Ida Lupino, Scott Forbes & Arthur Space
Volume 7: Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [4/2008] for $7.98
contains 4 half-hour episodes from “General Electric Theater” starring Ralph Ballamy, Joe Louis, Alan Ladd, Harry Belafonte & Ethel Waters
Volume 8: Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [11/2009] for $7.98
contains 4 half-hour episodes from “Crossroads” starring Jeff Morton, Richard Denning, Richard Carlson & Vincent Price
Volume 9: Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [11/2009] for $7.98
contains 4 half-hour episodes from “Four Star Playhouse” starring Charles Boyer, David Niven, Chuck Connors, Barbara Billingsley & William Schallert
Volume 10: Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [12/2009] for $7.98
contains 4 half-hour episodes from “Crossroads” starring Pat O'Brien, Robert Montgomery, Donald Woods, Lee Van Cleef & Martin Milner

"The  TV  Set"  [ThinkFilm April 2007]
The TV Set poster   A comedy about the stressful process of getting a television series sold and aired.
Written & directed by Jake Kasdan; starring David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver, Ioan Gruffudd, Judy Greer, Fran Kranz, Lindsay Sloane, Justine Bateman & Lucy Davis
Fox widescreen color DVD [9/2007] for $17.99
full credits from IMDb

"U.H.F." [Orion Pictures July 1989]
U.H.F. movie starring Weird Al Yankovic   A compulsive gambler wins a near-bankrupt UHF TV station in a poker game and hires his loser nephew to manage it. But Channel U62 becomes a success, and when the uncle decides to sell to a competitor to pay off new gambling debts, the station staff rebel. Co-written & directed by Jay Levey; co-written by & starring 'Weird Al' Yankovic; also starring Michael Richards, Kevin McCarthy, Victoria Jackson, David Bowe, Stanley Brock, Gedde Watanabe, Billy Barty, Fran Drescher, Anthony Geary & Trinidad Silva
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [6/2002] for $7.99
Orion Home Video color VHS [6/94] out of prodn/used
Volcano Records soundtrack CD [7/89] 12 tracks for $11.98
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site

"Wrong Is Right" [Columbia April 1982]
Wrong Is Right movie directed by Richard Brooks, starring Sean Connery  Positively prescient satire of television news reporting, anticipating by more than a decade the rise of ruthless tabloid TV, that has an ace reporter trying to hunt down two missing suitcase-size nuclear bombs that are for sale on the black market. Co-produced, adapted & directed by Richard Brooks; loosely based on the Charles McCarry novel "The Better Angels"; starring Sean Connery, George Grizzard, Robert Conrad, Katharine Ross, John Saxon, Henry Silva, Hardy Krüger, G.D. Spradlin, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Webber, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dean Stockwell & Rosalind Cash
Sony widescreen color DVD [3/2004] out of prodn/used
Columbia/Tri-Star color VHS [7/2002] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
Better Angels novel by Charles McCarry  "The Better Angels" [1979] by Charles McCarry
Thirty-plus years ago, the author predicted that a lantern-jawed Eastern liberal would lose to a cowboy with ties to oil in a stolen election for the U.S. presidency; the plot also involves Islamic terrorists intent on obtaining nuclear weapons.
Overlook Trade 8x5½ pb [1/2010] for $11.66
Fawcett mass pb [3/82] out of print/used
Overlook 9x6 hardcover [3/2008] for $19.72
Dutton/Hutchinson hardcover [7/79] out of print/many used

movies with background of old time or modern radio
at Spirit of America Bookstore

Non-Fiction  Books

Television History & Criticism books category at Amazon

Only You, Dick Daring! book by Merle Miller & Evan Rhodes  
"Only You, Dick Daring!: or How To Write One Television Script and Make $50,000,000" [1964 bestseller]
A True-Life Adventure by Merle Miller & Evan Rhodes

Bantam mass pb [10/65] out of print/used
Wm. Sloane & Assocs. 8¼x5¾ hardcover [10/64] out of print/used
Due to Circumstances Beyond Our Control  "Due To Circumstances Beyond Our Control . . ." [1965]
by Fred W. Friendly, former president of C.B.S. News

Three Rivers Press 8¼x5¼ pb [3/99] out of print/used
Vintage pb [2/68] out of print/used
History of Broadcasting In The U.S.  "A History of Broadcasting In The United States" [1966-70]
by Erik Barnouw

Vol. 1: "A Tower In Babel, To 1933"
Oxford Univ Press hardcover [12/66] for $60.00
Vol. 2: "The Golden Web, 1933-1953"
Oxford Univ Press hardcover [12/68] for $60.00
Vol. 3: "The Image Empire, From 1953"
Oxford Univ Press hardcover [11/70] for $60.00
Tube of Plenty  
"Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television" [1975]
by Erik Barnouw

Oxford Univ Press 8x5¼ pb [5/90] for $19.95
Oxford Univ Press hardcover 10/75] out of print/used
CBS Reflections in a Bloodshot Eye book by Robert Metz  "C.B.S.: Reflections In A Bloodshot Eye" [1975]
by {C.B.S. historian} Robert Metz

Playboy Press mass pb [1975] out of print/many used
Penguin/Signet mass pb [8/76] out of print/used
Playboy Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1975] out of print/used
New York Times Encyclopedia of Television  "The New York Times Encyclopedia of Television" [orig 1977]
by Les Brown

Visible Ink Press 3rd edition 9x7¼ pb [2/92] out of print/used
Gale Group 3rd edition 9¾x7¾ hardcover [2/92] out of print/used
Random House hardcover [11/77] out of print/many used
Stay Tuned / Sterling & Kittross  "Stay Tuned: A History of American Broadcasting" [1978]
by Christopher H. Sterling & John M. Kittross

L.E.A. 3rd edition hardcover [11/2001] for $64.35
Complete Directory / Brooks & Marsh  "The Complete Directory To Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows: 1946‑Present" [1979] by Tim Brooks & Earle F. Marsh
Ballantine 8th edition pb [10/2003] for $18.45
Total Television   "Total Television: Revised Edition" [orig 1980]
by Alex McNeil

Penguin {2.63 pound} 4th edition pb [9/96] for $20.70
Penguin 4th edition book & CD [10/97] out of prodn/used
Great Television Race  "The Great Television Race: A History of The American Television Industry,
1925-1941" [1982] by Joseph H. Udelson

Univ AL Press 9¼x6 pb [11/90] for $18.95
Univ AL Press 9¼x6 pb [6/89] for $35.00
I Remember Television memoir book by Ira Skutch  "I Remember Television: A Memoir" [1989] by Ira Skutch
part of the D.G.A. Oral Histories series; covers Skutch's years as a network radio director, at a Madison Avenue ad agency, and at the Goodson-Todman TV game show production company
Scarecrow Press 8¾x5½ hardcover [1/89] for $48.00
Fifties Television  "Fifties Television: The Industry and Its Critics" [1990]
by William Boddy

Univ IL Press 9x6 pb [8/92] for $21.00
Univ IL Press hardcover [7/90] out of print/used
Beating the Odds / The Rise of ABC  "Beating The Odds: The Untold Story Behind The Rise of A.B.C. - The Stars, Struggles & Egos That Transformed Network Television" [1991]
by Leonard H. Goldenson, with Marvin J. Wolf

Scribner hardcover [2/91] out of print/many used
Unsilent Revolution  "Unsilent Revolution: Television News & American Public Life, 1948-1991" [1992]
by Robert J. Donovan

Cambridge Univ Press pb [3/92] for $28.99
Cambridge Univ Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [3/92] out of print/used
Broadcast Century & Beyond  "The Broadcast Century and Beyond: A Biography of American Broadcasting"
[orig 1992] by Robert L Hilliard & Michael C. Keith

Focal Press 4th edition 10¼x7¼ pb [10/2004] for $39.56
Please Stand By   "Please Stand By: A Prehistory of Television" [1994]
by Michael Ritchie

Overlook 9¼x7 pb [9/95] for $15.95
Overlook hardcover [9/94] out of print/many used
As Seen On TV  "As Seen On TV: The Visual Culture of Everyday Life In The 1950s" [1994]
by Karal Ann Marling

Harvard Univ Press 9¼x6 pb [3/96] for $20.50
Harvard Univ Press 9½x6.4 hardcover [9/94] for $27.50
Tinker in Television book by Grant Tinker  "Tinker In Television: From General Sarnoff To General Electric" [1994]
by Grant Tinker

S&S 9½x6½ hardcover [9/94] out of print/many used

Grant Tinker entry at Wikipedia

Oral History of Television book by Jeff Kisseloff  "The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1920-1961" [1995]
by Jeff Kisseloff

Penguin 8½x5½ pb [1/97] out of print/used
Viking hardcover [11/95] out of print/many used
Television International History book by Anthony Smith & Richard Paterson  "Television: An International History" [1995]
Edited by Anthony Smith & Richard Paterson

Oxford Univ Press 2nd edition 9¾x7½ pb [9/98] for $24.46
Oxford Univ Press 10x7½ hardcover [11/95] out of print/used
Persistence of History, Cinema, Television book by Vivian Sobchack  "The Persistence of History: Cinema, Television and The Modern Event" [1995]
by Vivian Sobchack

Routledge/A.F.I. 9¼x6 pb [12/95] for $29.95
Routledge/A.F.I. 10x8 hardcover [12/95] out of print/used
Television's Second Golden Age book by Robert J. Thompson  "Television's Second Golden Age: From Hill Street Blues To ER" [1996]
by Robert J. Thompson

Syracuse Univ Press 9x6¼ pb [10/97] for $17.05
Continuum Intl. Publng Group 9¼x6 hardcover [5/96] out of print/used
Invention of Television  "Tube: The Invention of Television" [1996]
by David E. Fisher & Marshall Jon Fisher

Harvest Books 9x6 pb [11/97] out of print/used
Counterpoint hardcover [9/96] out of print/many used
Encyclopedia of Television  "Encyclopedia of Television" [1997]
Edited by Horace Newcomb

Taylor & Francis {17 pounds!} 2nd edition
hardcover 4-volume set [10/2004] for $620.00

online 1st edition at Museum of Broadcast Communications

Age of Broadcasting / Television  "The Age of Broadcasting: Television" [1997]
Edited by Wim Coleman

Discovery Enterprises 7¾x5¼ pb [9/98] out of print/used
Tandem Library 7½x5¼ econoclad [3/97] for $15.25
CBS First 50 Years   "C.B.S.: The First 50 Years" [1998]
by Tony Chiu

Stoddart 11¾x10 hardcover [5/98] out of print/used
The Days of Live {TV} book edited by Ira Skutch  "The Days of Live: Television's Golden Age As Seen By 21 Directors Guild of America Members" [1998] Edited by Ira Skutch
Scarecrow Press 8½x5½ pb [8/98] for $29.81
Scarecrow Press 8¾x5½ hardcover [8/98] for $65.00
African Americans on Network Television book by Donald Bogle  "Prime Time Blues: African Americans On Network Television" [2001]
by Donald Bogle

FS&G 8½x5½ pb [2/2002] out of print/used
FS&G 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2001] out of print/many used

and more on the subject on Magic Lantern's Afro-American Film Festival Pages

The Classic Serial On Television and Radio book by Robert Giddings & Keith Selby  "The Classic Serial On Television and Radio" [2001]
by Robert Giddings & Keith Selby

The mini-series based on classical literature was invented by B.B.C. Radio, then adapted to television.
Palgrave Macmillan 8½x5½ pb [2/2001] for $43.28
Palgrave Macmillan 8½x5¾ hardcover [2/2001] for $110.00
Live Televison Drama 1946-51 book by William Hawes  "Live Televison Drama, 1946-1951" [2001] by William Hawes
McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [2/2001] for $49.95
"Live Televison Drama, 1952-1958" [2001] by William Hawes
McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [12/2001] for $49.95
75 Years of Television & Radio from N.B.C.  "Brought To You In Living Color: 75 Years of Great Moments In Television & Radio From N.B.C." [2002] by Marc Robinson
Wiley & Sons 10¼x10¼ pb [10/2003] for $29.95
Wiley & Sons 10¾x10¾ hardcover [3/2002] for $0.00
DuMont Television Network  "The DuMont Television Network: What Happened? - A Significant Episode In The History of Broadcasting" [2002]
by Ted Bergmann & Ira Skutch

Rowman & Littlefield / Scarecrow 8¾x6¼ hardcover [4/2002] out of print/used
Encyclopedia of American Television  "The Encyclopedia of American Television: Broadcast Programming Post World War II to 2000" [2002] by Ronald W. Lackmann
Checkmark Books pb [10/2002] for $21.95
Facts On File {4.2 pounds} hardcover [10/2002] for $75.00
Television Animation & American Culture book edited by Carole Stabile & Mark Harrison  "Prime Time Animation: Television Animation & American Culture" [2003]
Edited by Carole A. Stabile & Mark Harrison

Routledge 9x6 pb [4/2003] for $32.53
Routledge 9½x6¼ hardcover [4/2003] for $120.00
Television, McCarthyism & American Culture  "Cold War, Cool Medium: Television, McCarthyism & American Culture" [2003]
by Thomas Doherty

Columbia Univ Press 8¾x5¾ pb [2/2005] for $23.00
Columbia Univ Press 9x6¼ hardcover [10/2003] for $71.00
Movie Stars & Rattlesnakes, Montana Live Television book by Norma Beatty Ashby  "Movie Stars & Rattlesnakes: The Heyday of Montana Live Television" [2003]
by Norma Beatty Ashby

Farcountry Press 10x8¼ pb [12/2004] for $19.95
Farcountry Press hardcover [12/2003] out of print/used
Television History Book   "The Television History Book" [2004]
by Michele Hilmes

British Film Institute 9½x7¼ pb [3/2004] for $27.95
British Film Institute 10x7½ hardcover [3/2004] out of print/rare
Forgotten DuMont Network  "The Forgotten Network: DuMont & The Birth of American Television" [2004]
by David Weinstein

Temple Univ Press pb [3/2006] for $19.95
Temple Univ Press 9x6¼ hardcover [5/2004] for $37.49
Amusing Ourselves To Death  "Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse In The Age of Show Business"
[orig 1985, rev 2005] by Neil Postman; 20th Anniv Introduction by Andrew Postman

Penguin 7¾x5 pb [12/2005] for $11.20
Viking hardcover [11/85] out of print/used
TV Wonderland / Early Television book by Brad & Debra Schepp  "TV Wonderland: The Enchantment of Early Television" [2006]
by Brad & Debra Schepp

Collectors Press 6½x5½ pb [1/2006] for $11.66
Creating American Television  "Same Time, Same Station: Creating American Television, 1948-1961" [2007]
by James L. Baughman

Johns Hopkins Univ Press 9x6¼ pb [2/2007] for $25.55
NBC America's Network  "N.B.C.: America's Network" [2007]
Edited by Michele Hilmes

Univ CA Press 8¾x5¾ pb [8/2007] for $18.21
Univ CA Press 9x6¼ hardcover [8/2007] for $60.00
Columbia History of American Television book by Gary Edgerton  "The Columbia History of American Television" [2007]
by Gary Edgerton

Columbia Univ Press 9¾x6¾ pb [3/2009] for $24.75
Columbia Univ Press 10x7¼ hardcover [9/2007] for $50.00
Television Will Be Revolutionized  "The Television Will Be Revolutionized" [2007]
by Amanda D. Lotz

N.Y.U. Press 9x6 pb [11/2007] for $19.80
N.Y.U. Press 9x6¼ hardcover [11/2007] for $70.00
History of Wireless book by Ira Brodsky  "The History of Wireless: How Creative Minds Produced Technology For The Masses"
[2008] by Ira Brodsky

Part I covers Volta, Faraday, Maxwell, Lodge & Hertz; Part IIA covers the telegraph, the telephone, Marconi, Fessenden, de Forest & Armstrong {not Tesla?}; Part IIB covers the birth of broadcast radio & TV, Sarnoff, Farnsworth & Zworykin; Part III is a comprehensive history of mobile radio, cellular & digital cellular.
Telescope Books 8¾x6 pb [1/2008] for $17.95
Sounds of Change History of FM Broadcasting in America book by Christopher H. Sterling & Michael C. Keith  "Sounds of Change: A History of FM Broadcasting In America" [2008]
by Christopher H. Sterling & Michael C. Keith

Univ NC Press 9x6 pb [7/2008] for $22.50
Univ NC Press 9¼x6 hardcover [7/2008] for $59.95
European Television History book edited by Jonathan Bignell & Andreas Fickers  "A European Television History" [2008]
Edited by Jonathan Bignell & Andreas Fickers

Wiley-Blackwell 9¾x6½ pb [12/2008] for $44.95
Wiley-Blackwell 9¾x6¾ hardcover [12/2008] for $94.95
Hollywood Film Stars on 1950s Television book by Christine Becker  "It's The Pictures That Got Small: Hollywood Film Stars On 1950s Television" [2009]
by Christine Becker

Personalities/careers examined include Faye Emerson, Ida Lupino, Groucho Marx & Ronald Reagan
Wesleyan Univ Press pb [1/2009] for $24.95
Wesleyan Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [1/2009] for $70.00
Shooting Stars of The Small Screen book by Douglas Brode  "Shooting Stars of The Small Screen: Encyclopedia of TV Western Actors, 1946‑present" [2009] by Douglas Brode, Foreword by Fess Parker
Univ TX Press 9x6 pb [10/2009] for $24.75

see also Books About Western Movies Pages
at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

TV Noir 20th Century book by Ray Starman  "TV Noir: The 20th Century" [2010] by Ray Starman
Examines TV series from 1949 to 1999 including "Dragnet", "Racket Squad", "The Lineup", "Peter Gunn", "The Untouchables", "The Fugitive", "Felony Squad", "N.Y.P.D. Blue", "Homicide: Life On The Street", "The Invaders", "X-Files", and "The Prisoner"
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [8/2010] for $7.55
CreateSpace 8x5 pb [8/2010] for $7.95
When Game Shows Ruled Daytime TV book by Norm Blumenthal  "When Game Shows Ruled Daytime TV" [2010] by Norm Blumenthal
Author was longtime producer of the NBC-TV game show "Concentration" [1958-79]
BearManor Media pb [11/2010] for $19.95
Television's Most-Watched American Broadcasts book by Wesley Hyatt  "Television's Top 100: The Most-Watched American Broadcasts, 1960-2010" [2011]
by Wesley Hyatt

McFarland & Co. pb [10/2011] for $55.00
Birth of British Television book by Mark Aldridge  "The Birth of British Television: A History" [2011]
by Mark Aldridge

Palgrave Macmillan pb [11/2011] for $26.40
Palgrave Macmillan hardcover [11/2011] for $77.14
The Revolution Was Televised book by Alan Sepinwall  "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever" [2012] by Alan Sepinwall
Kindle Edition from Touchstone [2/2013] for $10.99
Touchstone 8½x5½ pb [5/2013] for $13.31
indep 8½x5½ pb [11/2012] out of print/60+ used
German edition Translated by Tom Bresemann, Christian Lux, und Annette Kühn
Kindle Edition from Luxbooks [3/2013] for $26.99 {sic}
Luxbooks GmbH 8x5¼ hardcover [2014] imported/new-used
Why Hollywood Went to War over the Internet book by Cynthia Littleton  
"TV On Strike: Why Hollywood Went To War Over The Internet" [2013]
by Cynthia Littleton

Kindle Edition from Syracuse Univ Press [1/2013] for $16.47
Syracuse Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [1/2013] for $19.77
Glamour, Gidgets, Girl Next Door book by Herbie J. Pilato  "Glamour, Gidgets, and The Girl Next Door: Television's Iconic Women From The 50s, 60s, and 70s" [2014] by Herbie J. Pilato
Kindle Edition from Taylor Trade Publng [9/2014] for $9.59
Taylor Trade Publng 10¼x7¼ hardcover [9/2014] for $24.53
Dashing, Daring, and Debonair / TV's Top Male Icons book by Herbie J. Pilato  "Dashing, Daring, and Debonair: TV's Top Male Icons From The 50s, 60s, and 70s"
[2016] by Herbie J. Pilato, Preface by Joel Eisenberg, Foreword by Adam West

Kindle Edition from Taylor Trade Publng [7/2016] for $9.99
Taylor Trade Publng 10¼x7¼ hardcover [7/2016] for $15.37
TV (The Book) by Alan Sepinwall & Matt Zoller Seitz  "TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick The Greatest American Shows of All Time"
[New York Times bestseller 2016] by Alan Sepinwall & Matt Zoller Seitz

Kindle Edition from Grand Central/Hachette [9/2016] for $12.99
Grand Central Publng 9x6 pb [9/2016] for $13.73
Television: A Biography book by David Thomson  "Television: A Biography" [2016]  10/2016
by David Thomson

Thames & Hudson 10¼x7½ hardcover [10/2016] for $31.05

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