America in Primetime

America in Primetime

DVD - 2012
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Since its inception, television has served as a lens on American society, and in the expansive world of modern TV. Today's heroes and villains have come a long way from their predecessors. Showcased is this iconic American art form, which has both reflected and shaped the country's national character. Each episode focuses on an enduring character archetype, as seen through generations of television programs.
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va] : PBS Distribution, [2012]
ISBN: 9781608835256
1608835251
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (240 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Yellin, Tom - Producer
Kramer, Lloyd - Producer
Hirsch, Linda - Producer
Schaefer, Susan - Producer
Alda, Alan 1936-- Interviewee
Alexander, Jason 1959-- Interviewee
Anderson, Gillian 1968-- Interviewee
Apatow, Judd 1967-- Interviewee
Astin, John - Interviewee
Baldwin, Alec 1958-- Interviewee
Ball, Alan 1957-- Interviewee
Bergen, Candice 1946-- Interviewee
Bochco, Steven 1943-2018- Interviewee
Braugher, Andre - Interviewee
Brixius, Liz - Interviewee
Brooks, James L. - Interviewee
Carsey, Marcy 1944-- Interviewee
Carter, Chris 1957-- Interviewee
Chase, David 1945 August 22-- Interviewee
Chéry, Marc Arthur - Interviewee
Chiklis, Michael 1963-- Interviewee
Cochran, Robert - Interviewee
Cody, Diablo - Interviewee
Colleton, Sara - Interviewee
Cranston, Bryan 1956-- Interviewee
Daniels, Greg - Interviewee
David, Larry - Interviewee
DeVito, Danny - Interviewee
English, Diane - Interviewee
Falco, Edie - Interviewee
Feig, Paul - Interviewee
Ferguson, Jesse Tyler - Interviewee
Fontana, Tom 1951-- Interviewee
Franz, Dennis - Interviewee
Gilligan, Vince - Interviewee
Hall, Michael C. 1971-- Interviewee
Hamm, Jon 1971-- Interviewee
Heaton, Patricia 1958-- Interviewee
Henner, Marilu - Interviewee
Herskovitz, Marshall - Interviewee
Howard, Ron 1954-- Interviewee
Huffman, Felicity 1962-- Interviewee
Hurwitz, Mitchell - Interviewee
Jean, Al - Interviewee
Judge, Mike - Interviewee
King, Michelle - Interviewee
Kohan, Jenji 1969-- Interviewee
Laurie, Hugh 1959-- Interviewee
Lear, Norman - Interviewee
Levitan, Steven - Interviewee
Littlefield, Warren 1952-- Interviewee
Lloyd, Christopher 1938-- Interviewee
Longoria, Eva 1975-- Interviewee
Louis-Dreyfus, Julia - Interviewee
Lynch, David 1946-- Interviewee
Manos, James Jr.- Interviewee
Margulies, Julianna 1966-- Interviewee
Mathers, Jerry - Interviewee
Metcalf, Laurie 1955-- Interviewee
Meyer, George - Interviewee
Milch, David 1945-- Interviewee
Moore, Mary Tyler 1936-2017- Interviewee
Moss, Elisabeth 1982-- Interviewee
Oh, Sandra 1971-- Interviewee
Olsen, Mark V. - Interviewee
Panjabi, Archie - Interviewee
Parker, Mary-Louise - Interviewee
Parker, Sarah Jessica - Interviewee
Paxton, Bill - Interviewee
Phillips, Clyde - Interviewee
Reilly, Kevin 1941-- Interviewee
Reiner, Carl 1922-- Interviewee
Reiner, Rob - Interviewee
Rhimes, Shonda - Interviewee
Romano, Ray - Interviewee
Roseanne 1952-- Interviewee
Rosenthal, Phil 1960-- Interviewee
Ryan, Shawn - Interviewee
Scheffer, Will - Interviewee
Shandling, Garry - Interviewee
Shore, David 1960-- Interviewee
Simon, David 1960-- Interviewee
Star, Darren 1961-- Interviewee
Stonestreet, Eric 1971-- Interviewee
Surnow, Joel - Interviewee
Tambor, Jeffrey 1944-- Interviewee
Van Dyke, Dick - Interviewee
Wallem, Linda 1961-- Interviewee
Weiner, Matthew - Interviewee
Werner, Tom 1950-- Interviewee
Williams, Michael Kenneth - Interviewee
Wilmore, Larry - Interviewee
Wilson, Rainn 1966-- Interviewee
Zwick, Edward - Interviewee
WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.)
Documentary Group (New York, N.Y.)
PBS Distribution (Firm)
Contents: Man of the house / directed by Lloyd Kramer (c2011)
The independent woman / directed by Lloyd Kramer (c2011)
The misfit / directed by Lloyd Kramer (c2011)
The crusader / directed by Lloyd Kramer (c2011).
Summary: Since its inception, television has served as a lens on American society, and in the expansive world of modern TV. Today's heroes and villains have come a long way from their predecessors. Showcased is this iconic American art form, which has both reflected and shaped the country's national character. Each episode focuses on an enduring character archetype, as seen through generations of television programs.

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Jun 08, 2012

Each episode presented the most common aspects of each archetype, as well as it's complete opposite. It was a nice wander down memory lane as characters and story lines from memorable shows (as well as those that I've never heard of) were described both by the writers, the producers, the directors and the actors themselves.

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