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"'Television Fast Forward' is a compilation of information on the various mutations original series have undergone since cancellation. A useful and entertaining volume." -- Booklist


"Among the finest books I've ever read about television. And given Lee's track record as writer, producer, director and historian you're not going to find more accomplished guide or judge anywhere. While this commentary is serious for the most part, Lee has fun with how the TV masters tried to spin off various shows, " Ed Gorman, founder of Mystery Scene Magazine

About the Author

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar & two-time Shamus Award nominee and the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the fifteen Monk mysteries, "The Walk," "King City," "Watch Me Die," and the internationally bestselling Fox & O'Hare books co-written with Janet Evanovich. He's also written and/or produced scores of TV shows, including "Diagnosis Murder," "SeaQuest," "Monk," and "The Glades." As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing and production of episodic television series.

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  • File Size: 23034 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
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  • Publisher: Adventures in Television, Inc.; 2 edition (July 27, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 27, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002JCT14I
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Lee Goldberg is an ex-Navy SEAL, freelance Sexual Surrogate and a professional Pierce Brosnan impersonator.

Okay, that's not true. But he wants this biography to be really exciting, so pay attention. If things bog down, I've been instructed to add a car chase or some explicit sex.

Here's the real story. Lee Goldberg writes books and television shows.

His mother wanted him to be a doctor, and his grandfather wanted him to go into the family furniture business. Instead, he put himself through UCLA as a freelance journalist, writing for such publications as American Film, Starlog, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle (He also wrote erotic letters to the editor for Playgirl at $25-a-letter, but he doesn't tell people about that, he just likes to boast about those "tiffany" credits).

He published his first book ".357 Vigilante" (as "Ian Ludlow," so he'd be on the shelf next to Robert Ludlum) while he was still a UCLA student. The West Coast Review of Books called his debut "as stunning as the report of a .357 Magnum, a dynamic premiere effort," singling the book out as "The Best New Paperback Series" of the year. Naturally, the publisher promptly went bankrupt and he never saw a dime in royalties. (But the books are available on the Kindle as "The Jury Series")

Welcome to publishing, Lee.

His subsequent books include the non-fiction books "Successful Television Writing" and "Unsold Television Pilots" ("The Best Bathroom Reading Ever!" San Francisco Chronicle) as well as the novels "My Gun Has Bullets" ("It will make you cackle like a sitcom laugh track," Entertainment Weekly), "Dead Space" ("Outrageously entertaining," Kirkus Reviews), "Watch Me Die" ("as dark and twisted as anything Hammet or Chandler ever dreamed up," Kirkus Reviews).

"Take me now," she moaned, "you hot writer stud."

She tore off her clothes and tackled him onto the floor, unable to control her raging lust. Nothing excited her more than being around a writer with a big list of books.

Got your attention again? Good. I don't know about you, but I was starting to nod off. Where was I? Oh yes...

Goldberg broke into television with a freelance script sale to "Spenser: For Hire." Since then, his TV writing & producing credits have covered a wide variety of genres, including sci-fi (SeaQuest), cop shows (Hunter, The Glades), martial arts (Martial Law), whodunits (Diagnosis Murder, Nero Wolfe), the occult (She-Wolf of London), kid's shows (R.L. Stine's The Nightmare Room), T&A (Baywatch), comedy (Monk) and utter crap (The Highwayman). His TV work has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America.

His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he began writing the "Diagnosis Murder" series of original novels, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced, and later wrote the 15 bestselling novels based on "Monk," another show that he worked on. He's also the co-creator of Amazon's "The Dead Man" series of monthly horror novellas and the author of the crime thriller "King City." Most recently, he teamed up with Janet Evanovich to write the New York Times bestselling books "The Heist" and "Pros & Cons."

But perhaps he's best known for his pioneering work mapping the human genome and negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Goldberg lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his daughter and still sleeps in "Man From UNCLE" pajamas.

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Television Fast Forward by Lee Goldberg is a 2015 Adventures in Television publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was originally published in 1992, so if you missed it back then, which I did, now is your chance to check out a comprehensive look at all the television revivals, reboots, remakes, or movies based on television shows up to the year 1992.

While I was a huge television junkie at one time, I never gave much thought to how many shows were brought back after long absences, made into major motion pictures or were given a complete reboot. I was totally surprised by how many there were, and it seems this trend will continue for a long time to come.

There is a short synopsis of the plot, a cast listing, and commentary in regards to each show discussed, which is interesting, plus I had a lot of fun skipping down memory lane remembering these classic shows and the actors made famous by them.

Many will notice that this book is an updated version, and yes, there is new information in the appendix which covers the remakes and revivals from 1992- 2015. This addition to the original book is just a list, with the dates included, but does not give any specific details, which is my only complaint about this book.

It's obvious the author lovingly researched and spent a great deal of time on the older material, so, it would be nice to see that same attention to detail added for the post 1992 material as well.
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I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this blast from the past; what fun to read about the moldy oldies I enjoyed so much! Since this book only goes through '92, I'd really like to see an update since it's being reissued.

MOST highly recommended!
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TV veteran Goldberg, who has written and produced hundreds of shows, herein provides information on dozens of sequels and remakes of popular American TV series -- not just the credits --casts, producers, directors and writers -- but mini-essays about how the new versions of the shows were changed and why. The collection begins with ADAM-12 which became THE NEW ADAM-12 (with a new set of actors) to WKRP IN CINCINNATI which re-emerged in syndication as THE NEW WKRP IN CINCINNATI, with a surprising number of cast members re-enlisting. I should note that, like the shows it describes, the book itself is a remake of sorts, an updated, revised version of the book Goldberg originally published in 1992.
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In this day of myriad remakes and reboots, Lee Goldberg's Television Fast Forward is a fascinating tome guaranteed to provide both the casual reader and TV aficionado alike hours of nostalgic reading and scholarly research. Goldberg's background as a TV writer and showrunner ("Spenser For Hire," "Diagnosis Murder," "Monk") allows him to add a unique insiders perspective to the material. A must-read!
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Some interesting history if you enjoy the details of what-ever-happened to old TV shows. Surprised how many of these shows keep coming back!. Reading it straight through can be a little mind-numbing, though. More of a book you want to read in chunks.
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Love this book, unfortunately, in Australia I did not get to see lot of the "fast forward" series sequels from the television series. Not sure whether that was due to that they were not to sold to Australia or whether I missed them. I was really nice to read about how the writers managed the storylines of the revival of series.
I am old enough to remember a good deal of the original series, and I did love them as most people did. But I loved them because of the actors in them, not so much the storyline. I love the characters, but mainly because the actors bought them alive. Lets face it if they didn't the series would not have been winners originally. It seems that whilst nostalgia is good, taking us back to the good times, we certainly don't want to shatter our perception of past by showing us that these heroes are the same as us. It also seems that a lot depends on the actors who took these series into the fast forward.
It was interesting to understand how the studio system worked and what actually did work for awhile and what completely bombed. Great book for anyone that is a movie buff and wants a little insight into how series work.
This book was supplied in return for a honest and unbiased review.
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Being a TV junkie like I am, this is such a fun book and I knew I had to read it. I love looking back on the classic old TV shows. Some I watched, some I didn’t. Some I never heard of and some I wondered why the old shows were ever resurrected. This book explains the whole process and reasons behind each revival or sequel. Still, sometimes it’s best not to bring back old favorites as the originals will always be the best. Not all the time, but most times. This book explains the successes and failures.

The author is a writer and has written many popular TV shows. He is obviously very knowledgeable about the television industry and it shines throughout this book. There is also a complete list of TV revivals and sequels. It’s an interesting book and told in an informative, enjoyable way. I just wish more of my favorites were featured.

FTC Disclosure: NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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