Posts Tagged ‘Bill Carter’

Welcome to the St. Gregory

Monday, May 11th, 2015

RemingtonAaron Spelling, the television producer who injected fantasy into ABC’s prime time lineup in the 1970s and the 1980s, created Hotel, based on the 1965 novel of the same name by Arthur Hailey.  Where Hailey’s novel took place in New Orleans, Spelling’s version took place in San Francisco.

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Desperation in the Vast Wasteland

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

RemingtonIn 1961, FCC Chairman Newton Minow decried television as a vast wasteland.  Nearly a half-century later, Bill Carter analyzed the landscape, coalescing his findings into the 2006 book Desperate Networks.

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All in the Mafia Family

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

RemingtonIn 1985, ABC debuted Our Family Honor.  Ultimately short-lived, it lasted half of the 1985-86 television season.  Our Family Honor presented the classic format of two families battling each other, with star-crossed lovers from each family complicating matters; like Dallas, a story line inspired by Romeo & Juliet pervaded Our Family Honor.

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