The Fourth Network: How Fox Broke the Rules and Reinvented Television

The Fourth Network How Fox Broke the Rules and Reinvented Television When Garth Ancier left NBC for the start up FOX network NBC head Grant Tinker told Ancier he was making a terrible mistake I will never put a fourth column on my schedule board Ancier recalls Tinker

  • Title: The Fourth Network: How Fox Broke the Rules and Reinvented Television
  • Author: Daniel M. Kimmel
  • ISBN: 9781566635721
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Garth Ancier left NBC for the start up FOX network, NBC head Grant Tinker told Ancier he was making a terrible mistake I will never put a fourth column on my schedule board, Ancier recalls Tinker telling him There will only be three Today, fewer than twenty years later, FOX is routinely referred to as one of the Big Four television networks while recentWhen Garth Ancier left NBC for the start up FOX network, NBC head Grant Tinker told Ancier he was making a terrible mistake I will never put a fourth column on my schedule board, Ancier recalls Tinker telling him There will only be three Today, fewer than twenty years later, FOX is routinely referred to as one of the Big Four television networks while recent arrivals like UPN, PAX, and the WB strive to be number five The Australian born media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, and the many executives who have worked at the FOX network over the years changed the rules of the game They showed it was possible to build and sustain a fourth American television network through innovations in prime time shows, sports, children s entertainment, news, and new business models that challenged the assumptions of how the industry operated Daniel Kimmel s lively account of the FOX story carries the reader from the launch of the ill fated Joan Rivers Show in 1986 to the challenging media environment of the twenty first century an environment FOX helped create The Fourth Network is filled with behind the scenes wheeling and dealing, outsized personalities, improbable risk takers, and the triumphs and disasters that led to such signature television series as The Simpsons, Beverly Hills 90210, The X Files, and America s Most Wanted For better or worse or perhaps a bit of both the story of the rise of FOX is the story of contemporary American television.

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    1. IT was a very interesting read. It was cool to see how Fox was instrumental in so many of the changes to the TV industry while also seeing why so many Fox shows are cancelled quickly. With leadership changing so often it's almost a surprise they had any hits to speak of. The book illustrates which shows the network believed in (24, Party of Five, Not covered in the book but Fringe),which shows they had no real faith in (Firefly, Profit, Family Guy before it's revival), and which shows they had n [...]

    2. I grew up watching FOX so this was really interesting to me. The author goes back and forth between the TV shows and the business side of FOX. I found the TV stuff really fun especially early on. And the business side of things was kind of interesting since I did not know about how any of that worked.

    3. A little dry and boring, and with a few obvious mistakes that should have been caught, but very comprehensive and easy to read.

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