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ISBN-13: 978-0786468126 ISBN-10: 0786468122

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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (November 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786468122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786468126
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,652,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an outstanding reference guide for obscure, hard-to-find information on nearly 300 short-lived television shows. Each entry gives an overview of the program, the actors involved, time slot, sponsors, writers, producers, and number of episodes. There is a great deal of unpublished information culled from interviews with cast members, writers, and directors, and from rare footage in the UCLA TV Archives and the Paley Center for Media. While these shows may be mentioned in larger, more comprehensive television directories and on various websites, this reference book gives unique and complete information that will be helpful to television buffs and trivia addicts. Suitable for circulating collections in public and academic libraries. --Merle Jacob

About the Author

Bob Leszczak has spent the last three decades as an on-air radio personality in great US cities such as Washington, D. C., Boston, NYC, Tampa, Orlando, Denver, and Riverside/San Bernardino. He is the former writer and producer of a weekly syndicated five-hour music trivia program called "Solid Gold Scrapbook." He lives in Toms River, New Jersey.

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Bob Leszczak was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and graduated from Seton Hall University. A long career as a radio personality has taken him on a journey through great cities like Washington, D. C., Boston, New York City, Tampa and Orlando. Leszczak now resides in Southern New Jersey and writes about his passions - early television and the history of rock and roll and rhythm and blues music.

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It's a trip down memory lane!
Pamela J. Fox
Much like these TV shows that only enjoyed one season I can only hope this writer is a "one season writer" so others will not waste their money on his books as I did.
Booklover
A true labor of love, and a welcome addition to anyone's pop culture bookshelf.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Mackrell on November 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
This author is extremely skilled in bringing a topic to life and he did even more with this tome about Single Season Sitcoms. You know the kind, just as you finally get interested in the plot the network cancels it and the Stars, Directors and Producers all move on, on to other projects and in some cases on to oblivion . This book however will last many seasons. It is pack with information that reads like a best selling novel. If you ever wondered just where that sitcom went, here is your answer. I spent my life in the Television Business and love each and every moment of Bob Leszczak's work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Weisberg on April 4, 2013
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This book details so many shows I wish I could see again. This is the ONLY way to live thru a great set of sitcoms you won't see on TV Land.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on December 11, 2012
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I've been waiting for this text since I heard it briefly mentioned on a Chicago Teddy Bears youtube posting. With the tv-DVD revolution going on, this book couldn't be more timely, especially if you're not a fan of today's current programming, which seems to lack that certain something I would call "heart."

I'd also like to point that compared to today, many of these older programs were given a far decent chance on the networks where they were giving a full order of 24 or more season episodes as opposed to today, where shows get yanked off if they aren't hits from the first episode.

Mr. Leszczak's book is so current it even mentions the months old passings of Phyllis Diller, William Windon, Gary Collins, Steven Franken and others who left us just weeks ago. That's how up to date it is.

I appreciate that Mr. Leszczak has built upon and mentioned previous tv books, including Rick Mitz', "The Great Sitcom Book," which was one of the few resources available for many years. The author has also done so much research, going to various archives to see the only known existing copies, and interviewing surviving stars who were kind enough to tell their stories. He even dug up copies of comic book covers for those applicable.

My appetite has been whetted for Chicago Teddy Bears, Anna and the King, It's About Time, When Things Were Rotten, Ok. Crackerby, Rango, and others. Goodness knows, there's nothing on the current networks. Some short lived shows are available on DVD: Quark, Bridget Loves Bernie, Tabitha, My Living Doll, I'm Dickens, He's Fenster are out. So if you want to give these a try, please feel free to do so.

This text deserves some sequels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela J. Fox on January 8, 2014
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Here's all you need to know about those sit-coms you watched but they only lasted one season (for one reason or another). Story lines, stars and guest stars, directors, writers -- it's all here! My husband and I have really enjoyed this book! It's a trip down memory lane!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sackley on November 5, 2013
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Way back in time before most of us owned a Betamax or VHS player and nearly a half century before the arrival of DVDs, DVRs, Netflix, Hulu and network apps, lived many a sitcom starving for attention. Problem was, many of those Baby Boomer households like mine had one TV (color or black-and-white) controlled by parents or older siblings. So you often got stuck watching westerns, crime dramas or sci-fi shows when your preference was shows that tickled your funny bone. Or maybe you faced a programming dilemma back in the fall of '64 when George Burns' upstart "Wendy and Me" went head-to-head with "The Lucy Show." Yes, the red-headed Ball won that battle of eyeballs, so most of the viewing public missed out on the antics of Burns with sexy foil Connie Stevens.
Now thanks to the diligence of TV sitcom expert Bob Leszczak, those sitcoms you missed as a kid or young adult due to lack of TV set access or even commitments to school, extra-curricular activities, jobs and a significant other, come alive in this highly addictive read.
Leszczak has viewed hundreds of these rare and often forgotten sitcoms through visits to TV archives around the country and amassed a huge eclectic collection of shows via a network of collectors. His entertaining summaries not only state where shows can be found, but offer a unique inside scoop from actors, directors and writers who worked on these shows. Ironically, many of these one-year wonders provided a launching pad or stepping stone to greater TV success (For example, Barbara Billingsley segued from "Professional Father" to the iconic "Leave It To Beaver.")
Thanks to this fun and comprehensive book, the sitcom lover in you or in your life can discover or re-discover the shows of their youth with a visit to a TV museum or obtaining DVD copies through trades with collectors such as Leszczak at [...]
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