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Murder on the Boob Tube


John William Law


Murder on the Boob Tube


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Aplomb Publishing (July 5, 2010)







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Murder on the Boob Tube by John William Law

Television has had a long long love affair with death. From Perry Mason to Dragnet, murder on the small screen has had us trapped with suspense on our living room couch. And even today with CSI, Law & Order and a host of shows focused on gruesome goings-on, we still can't get enough. Now, step back to the start of it all and rediscover some of the classic detectives and crime dramas of the last 50 years. From the early days of TV to the memorable shows of the 60s, 70s and 80s, Murder on the Boob Tube offers a glimpse behind the scenes of iconic shows like Columbo, Murder She Wrote, Charlie's Angels, Ironside, Mannix, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, Streets of San Francisco and countless others. With rare photos and behind-the-scenes tales readers will rediscover TV history and why we love death on the set.
I love TV reference books but John William Law's MURDER ON THE BOOB TUBE is, to put it bluntly, terrible in every way, factually worthless and devoid of any fresh information or thoughtful insights. The listings are superficial and generic to the point of uselessness and riddled with typographical errors and inept sentence structure. Here are some examples from his listing for MANNIX. The typos are his, not mine:

"The show started off one one path, but changed courses after the first season and never strayed much after that."

"With less than spectacular ratings in season one, the changes were hoped to bring new live to the fledgling series."

"The showed featured an unsolved MANNIX case and use flashbacks of the original series along with present day Mannix back on the case"

Here's another example of Law's poor writing and proofing skills, this time from his listing for IRONSIDE. Again, the errors and lack of punctuation are his, not mine:

"While the original series took place in San Francisco, little of the show was actually filmed there with some early location filming of the actors in popular locations and the footage would be intersperse through-out the season."

And, finally, here's an example from his listing for ELLERY QUEEN:

"At one point there were rumor's the younger Hutton might reprise his father's most famous character for a TV movie, but the closest he came was as the star of his own mystery series based on another famous detective when Timothy Hutton starred in A NERO WOLFE MYSTERY in 2001-2002."

The author hasn't done any meaningful research, hasn't interviewed anybody, and the "rare photos" he touts in the product description are merely amateurishly cropped, black-and-white scans of TV Guide covers. This book, apparently self-published, is an embarrassment that's not worth $1, much less $14.95.
Bought the Kindle version. First, as to the Kindle version specifically, the conversion from print to ebook was unsatisfactory, (at least I hope it's the conversion and not the book itself.) The layout was sloppy on the screen. You can't tell where the photograph captions and the text of the book begin or end - very annoying to say the least. Also, there were so many errors in spelling it was hard to believe that the book crossed a publisher's desk before going to print. Does no one read galley proofs anymore?
Though I didn't expect a scholarly dissertation, and was only looking for a pleasant relaxing read about a favorite genre, the content too, disappointed. The information about each show was not extensive and no depth of analysis was evident. I feel completely ripped off actually, and regret profoundly that I actually paid good money for the book.
The publisher corrected issues with an earlier version of this book, so comments about typos from the first printing should be addressed.

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