From Bart A. Baggett: The 1960s were a fascinating time in American TV culture. This book goes behind the scenes.
As a person who was not even born when the Mr. Novak TV series was on the air in a battle of just three networks, I found the detailed research and insightful behind-the-scenes drama very interesting. Watching the DVD of the first season was also useful and almost comical in the simplicity of the teenage culture brewing in the early 1960s compared to our kids today. The author has detailed conversations with actors, writers, and even exact financial contract details for the stars and co-stars. If you were a TV star in the 1960s, you were a household name. This book is like a time capsule of American television and culture.
The Mr. Novak series was a landmark in the development of dramatic television. It starred James Franciscus with Dean Jagger and featured cutting-edge scripts, first-class production values and exceptional acting. It was the first
program to portray teachers and students realistically.
This profusely illustrated tome contains:
Comprehensive coverage of the original filming and airdates.
An episode guide with vintage reviews and fresh perspectives.
Interviews with over 35 actors who appeared on the show including:
Walter Koenig, Martin Landau, Beau Bridges, Tony Dow, Ed Asner,
June Lockhart, Sherry Jackson.
Archival interviews with the series’ stars and producers.
A complete list of the many awards the series received, and much more.
Here at last is a complete profile of one of the finest TV series that ever aired.