Fall 2017

From I Love Lucy to Shogun…and Beyond: Tales from the Other Side of the Camera
(JRL Prods. Inc, 224 pages)

By Jerry London and Rhonda Collier

With today's so-called "Peak TV" signaling a perceived shift in creative autonomy away from theatrical features to network, cable and streaming platforms, there's a sense of déjà vu in London's assessment of the smallscreen landscape when miniseries became all the rage. "Television was more powerful and influential during that period than it had ever been," he recalls of the late '70s/early '80s era that spawned such TV blockbusters as Roots and Rich Man, Poor Man.

London, who won a DGA award for directing all five episodes of Shogun, writes in a breezy, anecdotal style in describing his rise in the TV trenches. Along the way, we're treated to plenty of candid encounters with well-known names above and below the line, pleasant and difficult, with lots of problem-solving tips for his fellow Guild members.

—Steve Chagollan


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