By Warren Littlefield, T. R. Pearson
Top of the Rock is an soaking up insiders’ account of an immense time and position in tv background: the years while needs to See TV—led through Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends, ER, and Law & Order—made NBC an unstoppable luck. right here the tale is vividly instructed throughout the phrases of the actors, writers, manufacturers, creators, and community executives who helped the Peacock upward push to its maximum heights—and then observed all of it fall apart.
Under the supervision of President of leisure Warren Littlefield, NBC went from being an also-ran, wasting thousands of greenbacks in failed exhibits, to the #1 station, producing billions of greenbacks in revenue. At its top, the Thursday evening lineup by myself introduced in additional profit than the opposite six nights of programming mixed. Top of the Rock dishes out behind-the-scenes tales from the entire greatest exhibits, revealing the hugely dicy company judgements, artistic ardour, and blind leaps of religion that made needs to See television possible.
Jerry Seinfeld | Jason Alexander | Kelsey Grammer | Sean Hayes | Helen Hunt | Lisa Kudrow | Eriq los angeles Salle | Matt LeBlanc | John Lithgow | Julianna Margulies | Eric McCormack | Debra Messing | Megan Mullally | David Hyde Pierce | Paul Reiser | Noah Wyle | and more
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