I enjoyed the writer's room tales but wish the author would have not spent so much time on the Sopranos.
Agree with an earlier review, this book focuses too much on the Sopranos.
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!!
Don't waste your credit or time on this book if you're looking to learn more about the 3 other shows listed on the cover. The entire first 6-1/2 hours are nothing but "The Sopranos" and James Gandolfini. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed the show like everyone else. But I liked "The Wire" better, followed by "Mad Men". Both of those shows were much better. "The Sopranos" was merely entertaining while "The Wire" was an autopsy of the social despair and decline of this country. "Breaking Bad", "Sex In The City", "Deadwood", "Six Feet Under" and other great shows are barely mentioned in Brett Martin's nauseating hero-worship of Tony Soprano and producer David Chase (or whatever his job was - it's not even worth a Wikipedia search for me to find out). I could say more, as I often do, but Brett Martin has wasted enough of my time! #REFUND
Putting books on the back burner.
As much I like reading, I really enjoy watching tv. There is always some kind of comfort from my childhood at coming home from school and sitting in front of the television and just watching shows after shows until my parents found out that my grades were slipping and the tv got unplugged from the wall. Even today, I cannot wait to get home to see what has been recorded on the DVR and have a relationship with the remote for a few hours. I know its sad, but I like the idiot box.
"Difficult Men" by Brett Martin was a rerun from all of my favorite shows in the past. Such as Carnivale, Deadwood, Breaking Bad, Nip/Tuck, and so many other shows that I can vividly remember.
In the past we had awesome scripted shows that entertained us and made us think at the same time. Now, the boob tube has really become the idiot box with cheap reality tv shows that wants to shock us at every camera angle. If there is no shock factor, the viewer will change the channel.
Gone are the days where the television was an appliance that you got to watch after supper and the family would gather around to watch the weekly episode.
The Wire is the best show ever, but Brett Martin focus his book too much on the Sopranos. Sure, that was a great show, but if I really wanted to watch the seasons over, they are always on VOD. The Wire was the best part of the book. There are a few snippets of Breaking Bad, but its nothing to drool over.
The title of this book is also misleading. It really doesn't go in depth with the actors that plays the main characters in each show. Majority of the book is about Gandolfini and HBO.
Modern Television Defined
The narrative inside HBO and FX and how it played out in TV shows they offered to the public
No characters really
Modern Television Defined
There's a lot of interesting information even if you're not a huge television fan. It's an interesting book if you're a fan of any of the modern anti-hero series of today.
For fans of TV's most remarkable shows of the last decade, this peek inside the factory illuminates how the best sausages are made.
I loved this book! As a writer trying to get into television I found this book to be so informative and entertaining. I loved learning the ins and outs of some of my favorite shows. Keith Szarabajka is my new favorite reader as well.
Love well written and well narrated books of any type.
Inside information about my favorite TV shows. I enjoyed it immensely but if you aren't a fan of these shows then this probably is not a good choice for you.
Easy Riders and Raging Bulls or Pictures of a Revolution. These titles are thematically similar but about movies instead of TV. Both titles are available on Audible and recommended.
Nothing special but well done.
The fact that Stevie Van Zandt was the first choice to portray Tony Soprano.
Fascinating listen if you are a fan of the TV shows discussed.