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Help Me Name My Next Book - And Win a Signed Copy
April 18, 2016  | By David Bianculli  | 34 comments
 

This is the first blog I’ve written for TVWW this year – because I just completed the rough manuscript on my next book, due to be published in November by Doubleday. And I need your help, because the book needs a new subtitle…

The title is fine: The Platinum Age of Television. But now that the marketing people and other folks are weighing in, both the tentative cover (shown here) and the tentative subtitle, An Evolutionary History of Quality TV, have been set aside. The search is on for new, improved ones – and so far as the subtitle is concerned, that’s where you may be able to help.

The gist of the book is this: It’s a look at the history and evolution of quality TV, not only genre by genre, but through fresh interviews with some of the artists who have pioneered quality TV though the history of the medium, from Carl Reiner and Carol Burnett to Vince Gilligan and Louis C.K.

It’s supposed to be informative, and intriguing, but it’s also supposed to be fun – which is why the current subtitle is considered a bit too… academic.

We already have some alternatives in the works, but nothing’s been settled on as yet. Among the ones we’re considering are these:

Terrific TV, and How It Got That Way

The Family Tree of Quality TV

Putting the Vision in Television

Tracing the Roots of Great TV

From ‘I Love Lucy’ to ‘The Walking Dead, How TV Became Great

So don’t suggest any of those – though please tell us if there’s any you like.

But if you come up with your own, please, please send them.

And if yours is the first email we receive with the subtitle we end up selecting, I’ll send a free signed copy of the book upon publication, by way of thanks. We’re a small, friendly group here, so let’s be sensible. First one writing in with the subtitle we choose, if we do, will be designated the winner. In the unlikely event of a same-minute tie with the exact same subtitle, each winner will get a book. But if you miss by a minute, that’s show biz.

You can send as many ideas as you like, and send multiple emails – so if you want to post one great subtitle for starters, then return later with more, have at it. And thanks for the help – after writing the book, I’ve got precious little brain left for stuff like this, crucially important though it may be.

If we close the contest without choosing a winner from your entries, don’t be angry. It’s up to my editor and sales guys at this point. My editors at the time called my first book, a 1992 defense of TV as an art form, Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously.

My original title was rejected, but I still consider it more fun: Why the Boob Tube Doesn’t Suck.

Have at it – and thanks! The contest will run about a week, and it starts... now!

 
 
 
 
 
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34 Comments
 
 
Joel Krisanda
: The Gigantic Little Screen
Apr 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Oliver Bundy
Television is a G**D*****d amusement park!
Apr 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Oliver Bundy
The Work of TV in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Apr 26, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Marlene
From Boob Tube to Brilliant
Apr 21, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
John
A Theory of TV's Evolution, from the A-Bomb to the F-Bomb
Apr 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Humberto
The Platinum Age of Television: or The Enlightenment of the Boob Tube
Apr 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
john
The new alchemy of stories
Apr 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Barry Weinberger
When Content Was King
Apr 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
George Squire
A Meditation For The Discreet Couch Potato
Apr 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Alex S.
THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION
How We Tuned In and Turned On
Apr 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Alex S.
THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Small Screen
Apr 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Alex S.
THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION
How TV Transcended the Wasteland
Apr 20, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Mary
Turn it on - TV Morphed!
Apr 19, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Roy
FROM A VAST WASTELAND TO THE PROMISED LAND
Apr 19, 2016   |  Reply
 
Alex S.
Like.
Apr 20, 2016
 
 
 
Joe
Keep the title simple. "FUN TO WATCH"
Apr 19, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Sarah
As someone who watches too much TV for her own good I was think something like -Primetime means never having too much of a good thing
Apr 19, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Vicki
Why We Tell (and Retell) Stories
Apr 19, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Tiffiny Mila White
Embracing The Warm Glow, From 'I Love Lucy' to 'The Walking Dead'
Apr 19, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
sandra spring
How about something that lets people know that television at it's best is now an art form. I have friends who look down their nose and say i would rather read a book. but they are missing out on such brilliant work..
Apr 19, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
TAB
“Mining the Precious Mettle that Made Good TV Valuable"
Apr 18, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
 
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