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November 08 2012

Buffy to be featured in new book from TV critic Alan Sepinwall. The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever will examine the current spate of high-quality TV dramas, including a chapter on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Buffy will be featured alongside shows like Mad Men, Battlestar Galactica, and Friday Night Lights. Release date uncertain, but it's expected by Thanksgiving.

I kind of really want to read that. Thanks for posting about it!
Sepinwall is probably one of the top 5 most respected TV critics in the US. I look forward to this one.
Sepinwall's a great writer I'll be getting this
I'm looking forward to this, too, even though I have only just scratched the surface of the shows listed. I actually just ordered Friday Night Lights season one yesterday though. Looking forward to that because of the involvement of Jason Katims, since Parenthood is my favourite show on network tv right now...
Another TV analysis book for my shelf :)

edit: this also reminds me I still need to finally watch Deadwood.

[ edited by D-e-f- on 2012-11-09 00:33 ]
Sepinwall writes for our area paper--the Newark Star Legder--and is very astute. Looking forward to what he has to say re: our girl.
Ooh, I might have to get me a copy of this. Thanks for the heads-up.
Ooh, I have to have this. I love Sepinwall; he is my TV critic like Ebert is my movie critic- the one that just seems to be in harmony with what I like. And his ongoing reviews of "In Treatment," when it was on, were incredibly perceptive.
Really looking forward to this. Big fan of Sepinwall.

manbearpig You're gonna love Friday Night Lights.

D-e-f- Deadwood is an amazing show. I've seen it twice through and am planning another rewatch soon.
I already know how gr8t the show Buffy was. But for others to put the with a Elite group of TV shows. Just nice to see other ppl placing them with the gr8ts
Just want to echo my love for Sepinwall. My understanding from other critics is that he played a HUGE role in ushering in the modern era of TV criticism, with episodic reviews and serious analysis, so it's only fitting that he should write a detailed book about the era of TV that facilitated such criticism.

That said, I would love to read some serious commentary and analysis on past decades of TV, particularly the comedies of the 70s and the dramas of the 80s. There's some fascinating stuff in there--some of which has been covered by "classic" reviews online, or histories like the recent Top of the Rock--but the emphasis on the current (and admittedly, very real) golden age of drama has left past eras unfortunately shunned, I feel. I guess if I care so much, though, maybe I should just go write the damn book.

...hey, there's a thought!
Sepinwell has noted that it can be downloaded for Kindle and iPad ahead of schedule.
Mostly shows I've never seen and don't care to. Would wnat to look over that chapter , though.
Sepinwall has become my go-to critic for ideas of shows I haven't yet watched but should.

Because of him (and some of my friends), I gave Chuck a go, which is probably my favourite show outside of Whedon shows.

Because of Sepinwall, I've also watched Awake (awesome!), Homeland Season 1 (very good) and begun Mad Men (not sure yet, definitely different)... And I am thinking of starting Breaking Bad, Parks and Recreation and Friday Night Lights soon, and The Sopranos and The Wire at some point.

I actively seek out his reviews of shows I'm watching, even though it can be a bit of a pain navigating either of his sites to read reviews of shows that have already aired. I don't always agree with him, but I nearly always find his comments insightful, thought provoking and entertaining.

I've also started re-watching Buffy Season 1 so I could listen to his and Fienberg podcasts about it.

So yeah, bit of a Sepinwall fan. Very much looking forward to reading the relevant chapters of this book of shows I've seen. (and it will probably encourage me to watch some of those I haven't).

Oh and for those interested, a comment from Sepinwall with respect to the Buffy Chapter and whether there was a Joss interview:

Joss is, unfortunately, one of a couple of creator/showrunner types who wasn't available to be interviewed for the book. That chapter has a few archival quotes from Joss (by me and from other sources), but a lot of that story is told by David Greenwalt, Jane Espenson, WB executives, etc.

ETA:Sepinwall quote re Joss

[ edited by Bluey on 2012-11-11 23:10 ]
Now available (in Kindle version, at least).

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