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Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV Paperback – 12 Feb 2013

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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Books (12 February 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307739767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307739766
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"To detail the exuberant 1990s' events in the Peacock Network's ascendancy (with such shows as "Frasier", "Friends", "Seinfeld", "Will & Grace", and "ER") Littlefield and novelist Pearson interviewed more than 50 actors, writers, producers, agents and executives...Littlefield unleashed a 'financial geyser' at NBC, and these revelatory glimpses of those glory days make this one of the more entertaining books published about the television industry."
"--Publishers Weekly"

"Littlefield's compulsively readable saga, "Top of the Rock, " is a great tale of folly."
--Dick Donahue for "PW

""A fascinating oral history of shows like "Seinfeld" that defined an era."
"--New York Daily News
"
"A chronicle of the last golden age of network television, ["Top of the Rock"] is the literary equivalent of a former NBC Thursday night lineup...Littlefield is the ultimate Must See insider. The mini-histories are a blast...full of fresh detail."
"--The Hollywood Reporter

""The former president of entertainment at NBC chronicles his tenure with the peacock with a little help from his friends, including Jerry Seinfeld, Kelsey Grammar, Sean Hayes, and a few assorted suits who helped him schedule and nuture some of the most memorable shows on the tube, including "Cheers", "Friends", and "Seinfeld". And as entertained as audiences were by those programs, the real show was happening behind the scenes, where larger-than-life egos clashed over details large and small. Readers interested in the history of the network or simply wanting to hear the dish, as well as others interested in breaking into the TV biz, will find much to enjoy in this charming reliving of Littlefield's glory days."
"--Booklist

""With entertaning insider's perspective, Littlefield transports readers back to a seemingly magical time when half the country would watch the same show."
"--Kirkus"

""Must-See TV"--I remember very well when Warren and NBC coined that expression to describe what we were doing. This book will be "Must-Read" for many people who fondly recall that time." --Jerry Seinfeld
"The first and last word on NBC's . . . critically acclaimed and crucially profitable Thursday night lineup."
--"The Wall Street Journal
"
"Fascinating anecdotes and tidbits . . . . There's no denying the magic NBC conjured in the '80s and '90s." --"Variety"
"Engrossing and lively . . . [Littlefield] enlists the voices of many of the actors and creative forces behind such hits as "Seinfeld," "Will & Grace," "Cheers" and "ER" to help him chronicle the glory days of 'Must See TV.'"
--"The Chicago Sun-Times
"
"A chronicle of the last golden age of network television, ["Top of the Rock"] is the literary equivalent of a former NBC Thursday night lineup . . . . Littlefield is the ultimate Must See insider. The mini-histories are a blast . . . full of fresh detail."
--"The Hollywood Reporter
""[An] essential oral history."
" --Detriot Free Press
"
"Warren Littlefield has reminded us of what was possible not so long ago. . . . [recounting] his successful run at NBC and the inside stories of the shows that made it happen."
--"TV Guide
"
"A fascinating oral history of shows like "Seinfeld" that defined an era."
" --Daily News"
"While the general public will likely focus on how "Seinfeld" got made and what made the cast of "Friends" tick, industry insiders will be looking for dirt, and there is no shortage of that."
--"Los Angeles Times"
"You are what your record says you are, and Littlefield's record at NBC in the '90s was tremendous."
--"The Newark Star-Ledger"
"With an entertaining insider's perspective, Littlefield transports readers back to a seemingly magical time when half the country would watch the same show."
--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Littlefield unleashed a 'financial geyser' at NBC, and these revelatory glimpses of those glory days make this one of the more entertaining books published about the television industry."
--"Publishers Weekly"

Must-See TV I remember very well when Warren and NBC coined that expression to describe what we were doing. This book will be Must-Read for many people who fondly recall that time. Jerry Seinfeld
The first and last word on NBC s . . . critically acclaimed and crucially profitable Thursday night lineup.
The Wall Street Journal

Fascinating anecdotes and tidbits . . . . There s no denying the magic NBC conjured in the '80s and '90s. Variety
Engrossing and lively . . . [Littlefield] enlists the voices of many of the actors and creative forces behind such hits as Seinfeld, Will & Grace, Cheers and ER to help him chronicle the glory days of Must See TV.
The Chicago Sun-Times

A chronicle of the last golden age of network television, [Top of the Rock] is the literary equivalent of a former NBC Thursday night lineup . . . . Littlefield is the ultimate Must See insider. The mini-histories are a blast . . . full of fresh detail.
The Hollywood Reporter
[An] essential oral history.
Detriot Free Press

Warren Littlefield has reminded us of what was possible not so long ago. . . . [recounting] his successful run at NBC and the inside stories of the shows that made it happen.
TV Guide

A fascinating oral history of shows like Seinfeld that defined an era.
Daily News
While the general public will likely focus on how Seinfeld got made and what made the cast of Friends tick, industry insiders will be looking for dirt, and there is no shortage of that.
Los Angeles Times
You are what your record says you are, and Littlefield s record at NBC in the 90s was tremendous.
The Newark Star-Ledger
With an entertaining insider's perspective, Littlefield transports readers back to a seemingly magical time when half the country would watch the same show.
Kirkus Reviews
Littlefield unleashed a financial geyser at NBC, and these revelatory glimpses of those glory days make this one of the more entertaining books published about the television industry.
Publishers Weekly

"

-Must-See TV--I remember very well when Warren and NBC coined that expression to describe what we were doing. This book will be Must-Read for many people who fondly recall that time.- --Jerry Seinfeld
-The first and last word on NBC's . . . critically acclaimed and crucially profitable Thursday night lineup.-
--The Wall Street Journal

-Fascinating anecdotes and tidbits . . . . There's no denying the magic NBC conjured in the '80s and '90s.- --Variety
-Engrossing and lively . . . [Littlefield] enlists the voices of many of the actors and creative forces behind such hits as Seinfeld, Will & Grace, Cheers and ER to help him chronicle the glory days of 'Must See TV.'-
--The Chicago Sun-Times

-A chronicle of the last golden age of network television, [Top of the Rock] is the literary equivalent of a former NBC Thursday night lineup . . . . Littlefield is the ultimate Must See insider. The mini-histories are a blast . . . full of fresh detail.-
--The Hollywood Reporter
-[An] essential oral history.-
--Detriot Free Press

-Warren Littlefield has reminded us of what was possible not so long ago. . . . [recounting] his successful run at NBC and the inside stories of the shows that made it happen.-
--TV Guide

-A fascinating oral history of shows like Seinfeld that defined an era.-
--Daily News
-While the general public will likely focus on how Seinfeld got made and what made the cast of Friends tick, industry insiders will be looking for dirt, and there is no shortage of that.-
--Los Angeles Times
-You are what your record says you are, and Littlefield's record at NBC in the '90s was tremendous.-
--The Newark Star-Ledger
-With an entertaining insider's perspective, Littlefield transports readers back to a seemingly magical time when half the country would watch the same show.-
--Kirkus Reviews
-Littlefield unleashed a 'financial geyser' at NBC, and these revelatory glimpses of those glory days make this one of the more entertaining books published about the television industry.-
--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

WARREN LITTLEFIELD is the former NBC president of entertainment. Previous to that, he was the NBC comedy executive who developed such hit shows as The Cosby Show and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He currently runs his own television production company.

T. R. PEARSON
is the author of fourteen novels, including A Short History of a Small Place, and a dozen screenplays.

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