From Publishers Weekly
Are you the sole Survivor
of a bunch of Desperate Housewives
who got Lost
on their way to becoming an Apprentice
to the latest American Idol
? Many recent hit network television shows have come to fruition under the most unlikely of happenstances, and Carter explains how some of America's favorite shows evolved from idea to pilot after struggling with numerous pitfalls and false starts. Carter also explores how the four networks have risen and fallen in popularity because of those hit shows. Olsher reads with a very conversational manner and handles the material with ease. He brings characters to life with expression and tone that clarifies each speaker's intent. While Olsher shines, the abridgement dulls this audiobook's content. The text often jumps from one direction to another without strong transitions. At times, unnecessary anecdotes are included at the expense of better details surrounding Carter's premise. While the abridgement confuses through its lack of continuity, listeners will enjoy learning a great deal about their favorite shows.
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Carter's book The Late Shift
(1996), also an HBO movie, focused on the vicious battle for Johnny Carson's coveted spot on The Tonight Show.
Here he tackles the entire industry, taking a behind-the-scenes look at network television's struggle to compete for eyeballs and revenue dollars with looming distractions from the likes of cable, TiVo, and computers. Despite all that, no hit can create the type of sensation that a network megahit can. Carter takes us into the process at the executive decision-making level, where network bigwigs clamor for years for the next monster hit only to have it slip through their hands and wind up on a competing network. The shake-ups are evident: NBC's "Must-See TV" dominance ended with the last episode of Friends,
ABC rose from the ashes with Lost
and Desperate Housewives,
and Fox constantly challenges the old guard. All three major network news anchors--Rather, Brokaw, and Jennings--signed off in an amazingly short period of time. Without resorting to gossip, Carter digs up the dirt on the shows you love and the ones you love to hate. David SiegfriedCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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