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Top of the Rock


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WARREN LITTLEFIELD is the former NBC president of entertainment. Previous to that, he was the NBC comedy executive who developed such hit shows as The Cosby Show and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He currently runs his own television production company. T. R. PEARSON is the author of fourteen novels, including A Short History of a Small Place, and a dozen screenplays.


"Must-See TV--I remember very well when Warren and NBC coined that expression to describe what we were doing. This book will be Must-Read for many people who fondly recall that time." --Jerry Seinfeld "The first and last word on NBC's . . . critically acclaimed and crucially profitable Thursday night lineup."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Fascinating anecdotes and tidbits . . . . There's no denying the magic NBC conjured in the '80s and '90s." --Variety "Engrossing and lively . . . [Littlefield] enlists the voices of many of the actors and creative forces behind such hits as Seinfeld, Will & Grace, Cheers and ER to help him chronicle the glory days of 'Must See TV.'"
--The Chicago Sun-Times

"A chronicle of the last golden age of network television, [Top of the Rock] is the literary equivalent of a former NBC Thursday night lineup . . . . Littlefield is the ultimate Must See insider. The mini-histories are a blast . . . full of fresh detail."
--The Hollywood Reporter "[An] essential oral history."
--Detriot Free Press

"Warren Littlefield has reminded us of what was possible not so long ago. . . . [recounting] his successful run at NBC and the inside stories of the shows that made it happen."
--TV Guide

"A fascinating oral history of shows like Seinfeld that defined an era."
--Daily News "While the general public will likely focus on how Seinfeld got made and what made the cast of Friends tick, industry insiders will be looking for dirt, and there is no shortage of that."
--Los Angeles Times "You are what your record says you are, and Littlefield's record at NBC in the '90s was tremendous."
--The Newark Star-Ledger "With an entertaining insider's perspective, Littlefield transports readers back to a seemingly magical time when half the country would watch the same show."
--Kirkus Reviews "Littlefield unleashed a 'financial geyser' at NBC, and these revelatory glimpses of those glory days make this one of the more entertaining books published about the television industry."
--Publishers Weekly

There has arguably never been a more powerful force in network television than NBC's "Must See TV"-a programming lineup that made Thursday night the high point of the average television viewer's week. Now in this riveting autobiographical tale from former NBC executive Littlefield, fans of long-running and wildly popular NBC programs such as Seinfeld, Friends, ER, and Frasier finally get all the juicy, behind-the-scenes details about their favorite shows. This audio edition is skillfully narrated by the soft-spoken Bob Balaban-who himself enjoyed great success in the era playing the recurring role of NBC executive Russell Dalrymple on Seinfeld. Part of Balaban's mastery of Littlefield's prose comes from experience: the narrator played Littlefield in The Late Shift, a film that dramatized the rivalry between late night television hosts Jay Leno and David Letterman. This time around, however, Balaban opts for less of an impersonation of Littlefield and more of a straightforward reading. The result is a remarkable and captivating account of what's required to create a television series, and in turn, make that series into a network staple. A Doubleday hardcover. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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