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Watching TV
Six Decades of American Television, Expanded Second Edition

Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik

Paper $45.00s    |    978-0-8156-3220-7    |    2010

"Castleman and Podrazik have put together a well-researched, tightly written documentary on the development of the television industry and the individuals involved."
Publishers Weekly

"The authors have meticulously documented an in-depth survey of the entire world of TV trends and programming from the industry’s beginnings, presenting along the way some very judicious critical analyses."
Library Journal

"[This] is an honest but affectionate chronicle that never loses sight of the more serious side of television while, thankfully, not taking itself too seriously."
Atlanta Constitution

Castleman and Podrazik present a sweeping season-by-season survey, capturing the essence of television from its inception to the present. The authors have dug through mounds of obscure facts, offbeat anecdotes, and the complicated network strategies that have made television a multibillion-dollar industry. By presenting every prime-time schedule, season by season, from the fall of 1944, Watching TV provides a fascinating history of how the personalities, popular shows, and coverage of key events have evolved during the past six decades.

Full of facts, firsts, insights, and exploits, as well as rare and memorable photographs, Watching TV is the standard history of American television. This expanded edition includes thorough coverage up to the 2009–10 television season.

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Harry Castleman practices law in Boston and has written seven other popular culture books with Podrazik. He has worked as a media producer and consultant for a number of political organizations and campaigns. He has also been a guest lecturer on TV history at Boston University’s College of Communication.

Walter J. Podrazik is a communications and logistics consultant. He is a media contributor for NPR affiliate WBEZ in Chicago and has taught college and secondary school writing and communication classes. He serves as Creative Resources Director for Heartland Historical Research Service.

8 1/2 x 11, 504 pages, 121 black-and-white illustrations, index

Watching TV

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