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Television Fast Forward: Sequels & Remakes of Cancelled Series by [Goldberg, Lee]
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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 #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the fifteen Monk mysteries and the internationally bestselling Fox & O'Hare books (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, The Scam, The Pursuit) co-written with Janet Evanovich. He's also written and/or produced scores of TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, Monk, and The GladesAs 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. He recently founded, with author Joel Goldman, the publishing company Brash Books.

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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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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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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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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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This review originally published in [...]. Rated 3.75 of 5

Although I love to read, and I read a lot, I grew up a child of the television age. As one of those first generation 'latch-key' kid, the television was my nanny. And when I moved to Hollywood, it was television that I had hoped to break in to. I am also one of those individuals who has a number of somewhat obscure television references books (and have had for probably thirty years now). And so, this is precisely the sort of book that I really, really like.

<em>Television Fast Forward</em> is a reference book about the "Sequels and Remakes of Cancelled Series" from 1955 to 1992.

We all know, and probably comment on the fact that Hollywood doesn't ever come up with anything new, but instead just resurrects old shows.. But do you have any idea just how many old series' really are brought back to life on the screen? This is the book to fill you in. I'm fairly savvy about television, even if it's a show I've never watched myself, I often know about it and all its incarnations (thank you obscure reference books!). But even so, I picked up on a few things that were new to me here. (For instance [just one of many], I never knew that there was an un-aired pilot made from <em>The Greatest American Hero</em>, called <em>The Greatest American Heroine</em>.)

Because I am a little strange and will even read a reference book cover to cover, I also picked up on some small tidbits. For instance...
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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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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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