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Kings of Madison Avenue: The Unofficial Guide to Mad Men
This companion to the wildly popular television series includes: an in-depth episode guide of the first two seasons of the show, information about the books and films referenced in the show, detailed contextualization of the major historical moments and social issues of the early 1960s, and fun chapters on how to party like a mad man and an organized tour of the NYC landmarks shown in the series. Softcover, 231 pp. $19.95.
Nicholas Mirzoeff situates Seinfeld as an expression of Clinton-era America, from its consistently ironic take on social life and its fixation on how to describe it, to the changing culture of sexuality and ethnicity. In the spirit of Seinfeld itself, this is a reflective, funny and occasionally digressive account of what it is to watch television. Softcover, 132 pp. $21.95.
The League of Gentlemen
Part sitcom, part sketch show, and all hillarious, The League of Gentleman is one of British television's most innovative and enduring comedy series. Leon Hunt's entertaining and illuminating study offers the most sustained analysis of the series, tracing the League's evolution from fringe theatre to radio to television. Softcover, 154 pp. $21.95.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
This insightful study of CSI introduces the show, its main characters and stand-out features, such as the role of science, the distinctive use of colour, and the unexpected, often bizarre crimes. Cohan makes a case for the series' classic status, arguing that it has been responsible for the 21st century reinvention of the cop show in a fresh multi-faceted setting while also offering a more intellectual model of detection. Softcover, 159 pp. $21.95.
The Complete X-Files: Behind the Series, the Myths, and the Movies
Matt Hurwitz & Chris Knowles
The X-Files is more than just a groundbreaking film and television series -- it is an international cultural phenomenon, which has been by turns terrifying, thrilling, thought provoking, and oftentimes hilarious. The Complete X-Files is the definitive document of the making-of and mythology behind this ground-breaking television series. In addition to exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, this book brings together hundreds of previously unpublished photographs giving you a behind-the-scenes view of the making of The X-Files. Softcover, 245 pp. $57.50.
Screen Adaptations: Charles Dickens' Great Expectations
Brian McFarlane & Imeld Whelehan
Dickens has been immensely popular with filmmakers and Great Expectations has an unusual hold on the popular imagination. This book addresses in detail the numerous adaptations with particular emphasis on the two television serials and four film versions including David Lean's celebrated 1946 classic. A fascinating study that is written from both a literature and film perspective. Softcover, $21.95.
Ugly Betty: The Book
Designed to resemble fictional fashion bible Mode magazine, Ugly Betty: The Book offers insider interviews with the cast and creative team as well as a comprehensive episode guide. Plus! Features include: how to win friends at work, your style horoscope, Hilda's quick 'n' easy makeup tips, how to diva up your office space, and complete access to every character's style! Hardcover, 150 pp. $27.00.
Seven Up began as a 1964 World in Action special about the lives of twenty children from across British society - public schoolboys to working-class girls from London's East End. Stella Bruzzi's illuminating study is the first comprehensive account of the series. It traces Seven Up's origins and production history up to 49 Up, places it within the context of the history of British documentary, and provides in-depth analysis of the programmes themselves. Interwoven into Bruzzi's account are invaluable insights from creator Michael Apted, as well as two of the "children" - Nick and Bruce. Softcover, 126 pp. $23.95.
Hogfather: The Illustrated Screenplay
Vadim Jean & Terry Pratchett
From the novel written by Terry Pratchett, written and directed by Vadim Jean and produced by Rod Brown and Ian Sharples of the Mob Film Company, this lavishly illustrated volume contains the complete final script for Hogfather, Sky One's sumptuous Bafta-winning two-part live-action/CGI film, as well as character sketches, production drawings, blueprints, film grabs and stills. Softcover, 254 pp. $25.95.
Cylons in America
C.W. Marshall & Tiffany Potter
Cylons in America presents an edgy, stimulating, and sometimes witty collection of critical studies of Battlestar Gallactica, examining the series' place within popular culture and its engagement with contemporary American society. For anyone wishing to explore the many worlds of Battlestar Gallactica, Cylons in America provides the perfect point of departure. Softcover, 278 pp. $30.95.
A revealing behind-the-scenes portrait of the award-winning TV show Inside the Actor's Studio and its creator and host, James Lipton. Softcover, 492 pp. $16.50.
24: The Ultimate Guide
24: The Ultimate Guide provides a unique insight into Jack Bauer's life. Discover all there is to know about Jack and the demons lurking beneath his seemingly calm exterior that enable him to be so ruthless in the pursuit of his goals. This ultimate guide features amazing photography and in-depth information about Jack's family, CTU and its staff, members of the US Government and military, and the top-secret assignments that have kept audiences on the edge of their seats for six seasons. Hardcover, 141 pp. $29.99.
In this witty and thoroughly researched biography, Graham McCann, Britain's best-loved entertainment writer, examines each of the unpredictable elements - the demented brilliance of John Cleese, his creative partnership with Connie Booth, Basil and Sybil's classic 'trapped relationship', and the weekly procession of colourful guest characters - that added up to an immortal sitcom, beloved all over the world, even in Barcelona. Softcover, 336 pp. $16.95.
American Idol: Singer's Advantage
The Ultimate Voice Training Program
Learn to sing with the world's greatest vocal coach, Seth Riggs! Singer's Advantage comes with one instructional DVD, seven instructional CDs, and a comprehensive companion workbook. Separate versions for men and for women. Audio CD, $58.99.
The Sopranos: The Book
The Sopranos: The Book is the behind-the-scenes story of the making of a revolutionary television program. With unprecedented access to the set, this full-color volume offers the final word on how this original and deeply affecting world was brought to life, beginning with show creator David Chase's own New Jersey childhood and ending with the massive production that will be remembered as a turning point in television and pop culture history. Softcover, 190 pp. $26.95.
Reading 24: TV Against the Clock
Edited by Stteven Peacock
Reading 24 is the first book to bring together critical discussions of 24 from a wide range of perspectives. Entertaining and illuminating, the book looks in detail at the creative and controversial features of 24. It considers such matters as 24's stylistic innovations, its engagement in post 9/11 with the "War on Terror," and its masking of identities. The pioneering spirit of the show is matched by the original arguments on display here, celebrating and censuring 24 - TV on the edge. Softcover, 240 pp. $19.95.
Blame Canada! South Park and Contemporary Culture
In Blame Canada!, pop culture scholar Toni Johnson-Woods looks at South Park's history and origins, and traces its success over the years. There are chapters on how South Park has been portrayed in the media, the vibrant fan community, the marketing of the show, as well as chapters on politics, religion, and stereotyping. Blame Canada! is an accessible book that places South Park in a tradition of fearless and often foul-mouthed satire. Softcover, $24.95.
Dimension Behind the Twilight Zone
Stewart T. Stanyard
Submitted for your perusal, from the creator of The Twilight Zone Archives, comes Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone, a backstage glimpse through time and space into the history and making of Rod Serling's classic television series, The Twilight Zone. You are invited to explore a portion of the archives collection, with over 350 original behind-the-scenes production photographs shot during the filming of the show. The book also features tributes from several creative Hollywood personalities, and five informative and analytical chapters by the author. Softcover, 291 pp. $24.95.
Little Britain: The Complete Scripts and Stuff: Series Three
Matt Lucas & David Walliams
In this, the third series of Little Britain, familiar
characters such as Dafydd, Marjorie Dawes, Emily and Florence, Sebastian
and Vicky Pollard are joined by Dudley Punt and Ting Tong Macadangdang,
the mail-order Thai bride who's got more than most girls; frequently
disgraced MP Sir Norman Fry; Bubble DeVere's arch rival Desiree and
Mrs Emery, who has "a
bit of a problem downstairs." This slightly overpriced script includes
never-seen-before photographs and exclusive new material by Matt
Lucas and David Walliams. Hardcover, 255 pp. $37.95.
Reading Deadwood: A Western to Swear By
In Reading Deadwood, an international cast of authoritative
contributors assess Deadwood's many facets: it's profane
language, its characters, its place in the western genre, its relationship
to serial fiction, prostitution, the making of American civil society,
the opening credits, and much more. Episode and character guides
complete the book -- the Deadwood companion for
fans and students to swear by. Softcover, 258 pp. $21.95.
Tales from Dog River: The Complete Corner Gas Guide
Ever wondered what Hank does for a living, why we've never seen Wanda's
son, which Corner Gas star is superstitious, or how to make your
own chili cheese dogs at home? The answers are all here. Packed with
information even the most ardent fan doesn't know, Tales from Dog
River also reveals secrets about the making of the show, including
filming flubs, inside jokes, memorable quotes, cast bios, trivia,
and much more. Softcover, 211 pp. $28.00.
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