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Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad
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In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape
of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks
continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows
dramatically stretched television's narrative inventiveness, emotional
resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating
always-likable characters, plots that always wrapped up neatly, or subjects
that were deemed safe, shows such as The
Wire
, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Deadwood, The Shield, and
more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality, addiction, race,
violence, and existential boredom. Television shows became the place to go to
see stories of the triumph and betrayals of the American Dream.

This revolution
happened at the hands of a new breed of auteur: the all-powerful writer-showrunner. These were men nearly as complicated, idiosyncratic, and "difficult" as
the conflicted protagonists that defined the genre. Given the chance to make
art in a maligned medium, they fell upon the opportunity with unchecked
ambition.

Combining deep reportage with cultural analysis and historical
context, Brett Martin recounts the rise and inner workings of a genre that
represents not only a new golden age for television but also a cultural
watershed. Difficult Men features
extensive interviews with all the major players, including David Chase (The Sopranos), David Simon and Ed Burns
(The Wire), Matthew Weiner and Jon
Hamm (Mad Men), David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood), and Alan Ball (Six
Feet Under
), in addition to dozens of other writers, directors, studio
executives, actors, production assistants, makeup artists, script supervisors,
and so on. Martin takes us behind the scenes of our favorite shows, delivering
never-before-heard story after story and revealing how cable television has
distinguished itself dramatically from the networks, emerging from the shadow
of film to become a truly significant and influential part of our culture.

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Street Date:
07/03/2013
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781481595513
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Brett Martin. (2013). Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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Brett Martin. 2013. Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Blackstone Publishing.

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Brett Martin, Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Blackstone Publishing, 2013.

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Brett Martin. Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing, 2013.

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This revolution happened at the hands of a new breed of auteur: the all-powerful writer-showrunner. These were men nearly as complicated, idiosyncratic, and "difficult" as the conflicted protagonists that defined the genre. Given the chance to make art in a maligned medium, they fell upon the opportunity with unchecked ambition.

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