Number of page: 320
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Performing Arts
“Her book, as if she were a marine biologist, is a deep dive Perhaps the highest praise I can give Seinfeldia is that it made me want to buy a loaf of marbled rye and start watching again, from the beginning.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times Book Review The hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld—the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world, altering the lives of everyone it touched.Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, acclaimed TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!”, Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sights from the show, and fans dress up in Jerry’s famous puffy shirt, dance like Elaine, and imagine plotlines for Seinfeld if it were still on TV.
- Bryan S
It’s Seinfeld! Most of the info was known before but it was a good read and there are a few things I learned while reading the book.
- Ronald Gross
Just so so Most of the info was already common knowledge to Seinfeld fans. Easy fast read but not much new to take away. Not really worth the time or money. Alot of extraneous material after finale chapter, should have had more info about show episodes.
- Tom Kammerer
Review: Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything A great bathroom read, even Newman would appreciate the homage to Seinfeld’s TV world
- Holly Stout
Review: Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything This book takes you back to the wonderful memories of the Seinfeld sitcom. Really enjoyed this book that I won from goodreads. Had wonderful facts about the story and the sitcom. Great information and little tid bits!
- Patrick Tierney
Review: Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything A serviceable, light read. Various tidbits about the creation of the show, and some of the smaller characters, were interesting. She spent too much time on the many different writers on the show, the details of which were largely indistinguishable. All in all, about what you would expect.
Review: Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything Great behind-the-scenes look at what is probably my favorite show ever. Learned a lot of great trivia about the production of this historic show. Well worth the read for any Seinfeld fan!
Review: Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything A little rambling, but worth the read if you’re a Seinfeld fan.
- Pug Cake
Review: Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything Interesting book and fun trip down memory lane. Wished there was more on-set gossip less about the writers and a LOT less about the online fan groups.
Review: Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything Seinfeldia was so much fun to read; a true pleasure, what more could any fan of Seinfeld every ask for, this book gives us everything and some. Thank you Jennifer for taking the time to write this amazing book. Two big thumbs way up 🙂
Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong s deft weave of social history and sharp entertainment reporting explains how The Mary Tyler Moore Show made the world safe for Lena Dunham Peter Biskind author of Easy Riders Raging Bulls the making of a classic and groundbreaking TV show as experienced by its producers writers and cast When writer producers James L Brooks and Allan Burns dreamed up an edgy show about a divorced woman with a career the CBS executives they pitched replied American audiences won t tolerate divorce in a series lead any more than they will tolerate Jews people with mustaches and people who live in New York Forty years later The Mary Tyler Moore Show is one of the most beloved and recognizable television shows of all time It was an inspiration to a generation of women who wanted to have it all in an era when everything seemed possible Jennifer Keishin Armstrong s Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted tells the stories behind the making of this popular classic introducing the groundbreaking female writers who lent real life stories to their TV scripts the men who created the indelible characters the lone woman network executive who cast the legendary ensemble and advocated for this provocative show and the colorful cast of actors who made it all work James L Brooks Grant Tinker Allan Burns Valerie Harper Cloris Leachman Betty White Gavin MacLeod Ed Asner Ted Knight Georgia Engel they all came together to make a show that changed women s lives and television itself Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted is the tale of how they did it
Sexy Feminism: A Girl’s Guide to Love, Success, and Style
We live in a society where sex is used against women as much as it s used by women Sexy Feminism calls foul on that and other double standards and makes manifest my frequent observation that feminists are almost always the sexiest people in the room Jennifer Baumgardner author of F em Goo Goo Gaga and Some Thoughts on BallsNot your mother s feminism A humor filled action plan for an accessible cool and yes even sexy brand of 21st century feminismFeminism can still seem like an abstract idea that is hard to incorporate into our hectic modern lives but Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudúlph show how the everyday things really matter In an age when concern trolling slut shaming and body snarking are blogosphere bywords when reproductive rights are back under political attack and when women are constantly pressured to have it all feminism is more relevant than ever For many young women the radicalism of the Second Wave is unappealing and the do me and lipstick feminism of the Third Wave feels out of date Enter Sexy Feminism It s an inclusive approachable kind of feminism miniskirts lip gloss and waxing permitted Covering a range of topics from body issues and workplace gender politics to fashion dating and sex Sexy Feminism is full of advice resources and pop culture references that will help shape what being a feminist can look like for you Genius Sexy Feminism is a delicious primer for budding feminists and the feminist curious as well as a sigh of relief for long term third wave feminists who long to be understood and are tired of explaining our beliefs Jennifer and Heather do an outrageously good service to us all by bringing feminism into its sexy confident maturity Katie Goodman feminist comedian and actress
The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
A dramatic account of the politics and personalities behind NBC s calamitous attempt to reinvent late night television When NBC decided to move Jay Leno into prime time to make room for Conan O Brien to host the Tonight show a job he had been promised five years earlier skeptics anticipated a train wreck for the ages It took in fact only a few months for the dire predictions to come true Leno s show panned by critics dragged down the ratings and the profits of NBC s affiliates while ratings for Conan s new Tonight show plummeted to the lowest levels in history Conan s collapse meanwhile opened an unexpected door of opportunity for rival David Letterman What followed was a boisterous angry frequently hilarious public battle that had millions of astonished viewers glued to their sets In The War for Late Night New York Times reporter Bill Carter offers a detailed behind the scenes account of the events of the unforgettable 2009 2010 late night season as all of its players performers producers agents and network executives maneuvered to find footing amid the shifting tectonic plates of television culture
Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV
Seinfeld Friends Frasier ER Cheers Law Order Will Grace Here is the funny splashy irresistible insiders account of the greatest era in television history told by the actors writers directors producers and the network executives who made it happen and watched it all fall apart Warren Littlefield was the NBC President of Entertainment who oversaw the Peacock Network s rise from also ran to a division that generated a billion dollars in profits In this fast paced and exceptionally entertaining oral history Littlefield and NBC luminaries including Jerry Seinfeld Jason Alexander Kelsey Grammer Matt LeBlanc Lisa Kudrow Julianna Marguiles Anthony Edwards Noah Wylie Debra Messing Jack Welch Jimmy Burrows Helen Hunt and Dick Wolf vividly recapture the incredible era of Must See TV From 1993 through 1998 NBC exploded every conventional notion of what a broadcast network could accomplish with the greatest prime time line up in television history On Thursday nights a cavalcade of groundbreaking comedies and dramas streamed into homes attracting a staggering 75 million viewers and generating more revenue than all other six nights of programming combined The road to success however was a rocky one How do you turn a show like Seinfeld one of the lowest testing pilots of all time into a hit when the network overlords are constantly warring or worse drowning in a bottle of vodka Top of the Rock is an addictively readable account of the risky business decisions creative passion and leaps of faith that made Must See TV possible Chock full of delicious behind the scenes anecdotes that run the gamut from hilarious casting and programming ploys to petty jealousies and drug interventions you re in for a juicy unputdownable read