Merci for this .(..and I know I¹m not the Étienne it is intended for...and
in any case Steve is only my nickname..)
The first book I read/scanned quickly some time ago at home of a friend
here, very solid ...
On 8/12/09 11:31 AM, "JIM DOHERTY" <email@example.com> wrote:
> Re your question below:
> "I'm looking for a well documented guide (or critical analysis), a reference
> book devote to modern TV series, with emphasis on the crime fiction series.
> If this exists for the mystery/crime fiction series only, it's even better."
> Here are three, none of which come up to the present time, but all of which
> are valuable up to about the '80's.
> T.V. DETECTIVES (Barnes, 1981) by Richard Meyers
> An attempt to list, and critically comment on, every single detective series
> ever broadcast on U.S. television from 1948 through 1981, from DRAGNET to HILL
> STREET BLUES, from I LED THREE LIVES to MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, from MARTIN
> KANE-PRIVATE EYE to MAGNUM-P.I. Any attempt to be so completely comprehensive
> is going to lead to some errors, and Meyers makes his share, but it's a
> valuable reference resource. An Edgar nominee in the Critical/Biographical
> category. Meyers was, for many years, the TV critic for THE ARMCHAIR
> THE BEST OF CRIME AND DETECTIVE T.V. (Harmony, 1988) by Max Allan Collins and
> John Javna.
> More of a fun book, with lots of photos and graphics, rather than a
> comprehensive history. It's basically a series of polls of mystery writing
> colleagues of Collins and Javna of the best detective shows in various
> sub-genres (best police procedural, best private eye, etc.), with critical
> comments on those choices by Collins and Javna, and some "honorable mentions"
> that didn't make the cuts thrown in for a broader perspective. Collins I'm
> sure you're already familiar with.
> MURDER ON THE AIR (Mysterious, 1990) by Richard Meyers
> A follow-up to his earlier book, this is a less comprehensive history, but
> gives more in-depth portraits of several of the more important writers,
> producers, etc., who specialized in crime shows, focusing on one or two of
> their most important series. Hence, there's a chapter about Jack Webb,
> emphasizing DRAGNET, on Quinn Martin emphasizing BARNABY JONES and CANNON, on
> Aaron Spelling emphasizing CHARLIE'S ANGELS, on Jack Lord and HAWAII 5-0, on
> Stephen J. Cannell and Roy Huggins emphasizing THE ROCKFORD FILES, and a
> chapter that convincingly links up KOJAK, BARNEY MILLER, HILL STREET BLUES,
> and MIAMI VICE. Again, some errors. Another Crit/Bio Edgar nominee.
> Hope thgat helps.
> JIM DOHERTY
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