Inside Fame on Television: A Behind-the-Scenes History

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McFarland, Mar 8, 2010 - Performing Arts - 234 pages
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Fame, the hugely popular 1980 musical film inspired by New York's High School of the Performing Arts, was adapted as a weekly NBC television series in 1982. Though cancelled by the network after two seasons, the TV version of Fame rose from the ashes to enjoy a long and successful run in syndication. Among the series' cast members were such gifted performers as Debbie Allen and Janet Jackson. For five of the six years that Fame flourished on television, Michael A. Hoey was closely involved in the series' production. He has written a compelling behind-the-scenes history of the filming of the hit series, incorporating interviews with a number of the creative principals as well as recounting his own experiences.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
1 How It All Began
3
2 Metamorphosis
14
3 New Arrivals
25
4 Reflections on a Group of Talented Performers
33
5 Gathering Clouds
48
6 A New Hierarchy
56
7 Five Six Seven Eight
66
16 The New Producers
134
17 A Downhill Slide
142
18 Things Get Crazy
148
19 Its Looking Good but Not for Long
153
20 On Location
162
21 Hello and Goodbye
168
22 New Hands at the Wheel
177
23 A Good Beginning
185

8 Across the Pond
75
9 And the Winner Is
84
10 Were Back in Business
92
11 Some Serious Changes
99
12 And Some New Directors
108
13 A Family Crisis
115
14 Another Assignment and a Mistake
120
15 We Have to Say Goodbye
128
24 The Last of the New Kids
192
25 And So It Is Over
202
26 Fame Lives On
207
27 A Final Goodbye
214
Epilogue
218
Sources
221
Index
223
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About the author (2010)

The late Michael A. Hoey was a multi-award-winning film editor, screenwriter, director and producer. His numerous credits included six Elvis Presley films, the television series Dallas and Murder She Wrote, and the annual Creative Emmy Awards presentation. He lived in San Clemente, California.

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