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Inside Fame on Television: A Behind-the-Scenes History [Paperback]

by Michael A. Hoey
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January 4, 2010 078644665X 978-0786446650
Fame, the hugely popular 1980 musical film inspired by New York's High School of the Performing Arts, was adapted as a weekly NBC television series in 1982. Though cancelled by the network after two seasons, the TV version of Fame rose from the ashes to enjoy a long and successful run in syndication. Among the series' cast members were such gifted performers as Debbie Allen and Janet Jackson. For five of the six years that Fame flourished on television, Michael A. Hoey was closely involved in the series' production. He has written a compelling behind-the-scenes history of the trials, tribulations and triumphs surrounding the filming of the hit series, interviewing a number of the creative principals as well as recounting his own experiences.

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About the Author

Michael A. Hoey is a multi-award-winning film editor, screenwriter, director and producer. His numerous credits include six Elvis Presley films, the TV series Dallas and Murder She Wrote, and the annual Creative Emmy Awards presentation. He lives in San Clemente, California.

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (January 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078644665X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786446650
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,578,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael A. Hoey is the son of British actor Dennis Hoey, best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Lestrade in the Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone. Although born in England, Michael grew up in Beverly Hills and began his career in Hollywood in the editing department. He wrote two Elvis Presley films, Stay Away, Joe and Live a Little, Love a Little. He has been twice nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the TV Series Fame and has received the Writers Guild's Morgan Cox Award, a Media Award, and an A.C.E. Eddie Award. He has served as Governor on the Board of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Back Down Memory Lane August 21, 2011
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It was great having an inside look into one of my favorite TV shows. Most of the focus seemed to be on the earlier years while the latter seasons felt fast forwarded through. I do feel there was info included that had nothing to do with the series - info on MGM history which was good to know but there was too much of it. Too much info on the producers and directors and their stories. I expected more on the series and stars, like why Debbie Allen stopped coreographing after season 4 or which stars were close offset and the like. Or why it was decided the Danny Amatullo character would stay as a student for 6 years and Chris Donlon graduate before him. There is a nice tribute section on Gene Anthony Ray. I would have enjoyed more pics as well. Overall though, I enjoyed the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fame will live forever May 10, 2010
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Michael Hoey certainly delves behind the scenes in this great read. I totally recommend it. Althou as I said to my friend 'when you write a book ... the memory is what it is'. Theres alot of glarring mistakes that any fan could have fixed prior to publication. But if you can get past those (as they jump off the page) you will enjoy the trip down memory lane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Very well written. September 26, 2013
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I sat down to just skim this book and could not put it down - read it straight through until 2 in the morning!
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