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TV's Grooviest Variety Shows (of the '60 and '70s) Paperback – November 1, 2006
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But the book is deeply flawed by misinformation, speculation and shocking stereotypes. On multiple pages the author calls Midwesterners racists. He groups Midwesterners with Southerners as hick, anti-black TV viewers, which shows a lack of understanding of the wonderful people of the Midwest who fought for diversity in media.
The book has much information culled from other books and publications, but the problem is that the author didn't double check some of this information--resulting in incorrect "facts" included. He also doesn't include enough research on the ratings history of shows and put the programs in proper perspective regarding their popularity. He obviously doesn't have a good grasp of the history of television and just based much of his "research" on things stated by other authors.
For example, he goes overboard praising Carol Burnett to the point that the '90s flop "Carol & Company" was called a "success" (it wasn't) and calling "Mama's Family" a "spin-off of sorts." (There was no " of sorts" about it--it's a spin-off of a character from The Carol Burnett Show.)
For the failed show "Turn On" (which was cancelled after one episode in 1969) he wrongly states that Tim Conway was "among the regulars" (sorry--he was the guest host that week) and it seems that the author never watched it, otherwise he wouldn't write that it "wasn't really all that bad a show" (I saw it and it deserved the description as TV's "most notorious flop"). His inaccurate description of the show appears to not be based on first-hand viewing but on information culled from some other books.Read more ›
If you recall those shows/days, you'll like this book.
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The font choice for the Kindle version, I assume, is the one used in the print version. It's an okay font, but when it's reduced in size and on a Kindle screen (or the screen of... Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by littlemaths
Knowing only what I remember from watching my parents watch some of these shows this book seems to render a pretty good account of some of the programs which used to make up the... Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by James D. Crabtree
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (2/07)
No book about variety shows would be complete without "The Ed Sullivan Show." The variety show spanned over 20 years. Read more