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The Revolution Was Televised

The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever I caught an excerpt from a new book on the TV show Lost on Grantland.com and was immediately fascinated.  The passage was from the book “The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever” by Alan Sepinwall who writes for Hitfix.com.

The book’s thesis was that we are currently in a golden age of TV dramas that started back in the 90’s.  HBO’s success started with Oz and The Sopranos and eventually branched out to other cable networks like FX and AMC while simultaneously raising the bar for network shows.

I’ve watched nearly every show the book covered and have planned on watching the few I’ve skipped so far.

The book has some great insight into the environment that shaped how a number of these shows were born.

The only thing that’s disappointing is that obviously the chapters on Mad Men and Breaking Bad are “incomplete” since we haven’t seen the end of these shows. I hope Sepinwall revisits this book again with a new edition to update these chapters once these shows can be logged into the history books.

It’s one of the first times I’ve written an author to share my enjoyment with their work.  He took the time out to write back and say thanks for the compliments.

I think I’m going to get in the habit of writing people more often.  The rash of negativity from the public I experience at work makes me think this world is a little too harsh.  I know I always appreciate the rare nice message and I want to pass along that same gratitude to the people I respect.

Anyway, if you are a quality TV fan like I am, this is a great book.  I highly recommend it.