Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots

Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots

Jon Abbott


For 20 years, Stephen J. Cannell was once within the hero company. or maybe, the anti-hero company. regardless of the case, his heroes have been at the aspect of the marginally tarnished angels. throughout the overdue Nineteen Seventies and early Eighties, Cannell was once the only so much influential determine in populist action/adventure tv. His sequence diversity from the clever, wry humor of The Rockford documents to the comic-book exploits of The A-Team. Inbetween, he has created, co-created, and overseen such productions because the pacifist yet macho warfare sequence Black Sheep Squadron, super-hero spoof the best American Hero, the seashore boy bromance Riptide, the outrageous vigilante express Hardcastle and McCormick, and the Eastwood-inspired anti-cop express Hunter. within the past due '80s, he produced the significantly acclaimed 21, bounce highway, and the quietly awful, grim, darkish mob exhibit Wiseguy.

In the Seventies, his marriage of B-western plots and values to the post-Watergate cynicism of Nineteen Seventies cinema refreshed pop culture, drawing from subject matters explored and avenues opened via Robert Altman and Clint Eastwood, maybe the 2 so much influential film-makers of the interval. His realizing, self-parodic method of a drained and weary action/adventure style permeated all of yankee tv in the course of the Eighties, and lots more and plenty cinema thereafter.

On the outside, Cannell's heroes are conventional conservative icons of Hollywood delusion, law enforcement officials, judges, vigilantes, army males, tricky guys--but also they are renegades and rebels, person malcontents at odds with the injustices of the area. And regardless of generating exhibits that includes good-looking yet fallacious male heroes (or probably as a result of it), his indicates have been phenomenally well liked by the feminine viewers in addition to the meant males, showing a lovely innovative angle in the direction of girls either in entrance of, and in the back of the camera.

This ebook discusses intimately the courses of this writer-producer (and occasionally director and actor), and lists each episode of his Seventies and Eighties sequence, with storylines and author, director, and solid credit for 22 indicates. With wide charges and examine, it discusses Cannel's tools of operating, his critics, his habitual subject matters and obsessions, and his successes and screw ups, and comprises exposure fabrics, details on unsold pilots, and a four-page bibliography and ten pages of resources and quotations to help the author's observations and critiques. each assertion is subsidized up via cross-referencing quite a few examples not just of particular episodes of Cannell exhibits, yet different manufacturers' sequence besides. there's a 38 web page index.

Shows coated: The Rockford records; Baretta; urban of Angels; Black Sheep Squadron; Richie Brockelman; The Duke; Stone; Tenspeed and Brownshoe; the best American Hero; the hunt; The A-Team; Hardcastle and McCormick; Rousters; Riptide; Hunter; Stingray; The final Precinct; 21, bounce highway; Wiseguy; J.J. Starbuck; Sonny Spoon; Unsub; plus: unsold pilots; The Wrap-Up; assets of quotations; bibliography; index (all featured sequence contain episode listings).

"Outstanding" (e-mail to publishers, Cannell Entertainment)

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