Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad
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A revealing look at the shows that helped TV emerge as the signature art form of the twenty-first century
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows on cable channels dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. Combining deep reportage with cultural analysis and historical context, Brett Martin recounts the rise and inner workings of a genre that represents not only a new golden age for TV, but also a cultural watershed. Difficult Men features extensive interviews with all the major players, including David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, and Alan Ball; in addition to other writers, executives, directors and actors. Martin delivers never-before-heard story after story, revealing how cable television became a truly significant and influential part of our culture.
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Enlightening Examination of TV's Third Golden Age
Great companion to The Revolution Was Televised which covers many of the same shows. What I found most interesting is that Difficult Men takes you into the Writer's Room where you see how these shows are intricately plotted by season, episode and even scene. Fascinating to the end.
Recommended for any writer
The passages on Weiner, Chase and Gilligan alone are worth it. The sagging middle, with too much detail about lesser shows, can easily be skimmed. Highly recommended for anyone interested in how this era's unique intersection of art and commerce resulted in some of our finest contemporary stories and artists.