Sepinwall Writes The Revolution Was Televised About Classic Modern TV Drama

Old friend and well-respected TV critic Alan Sepinwall has just announced his new book, The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever. It’s a combined essay/interview book covering the well-respected shows (and critic favorites) Oz, The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, The Shield, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24, Battlestar Galactica, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad. I watched only two of those shows, but that’s a great selection to capture the revitalization of television drama.

It’s available now for the Kindle, with a paperback coming in a few weeks. For me, it’s going to be a must-read. (I’ll just have to get over the missing comma after “Slingers”.) I hope I hope I hope there’s another coming about comedy in the future, discussing shows like Community.

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7 Responses to “Sepinwall Writes The Revolution Was Televised About Classic Modern TV Drama”

  1. Alan Sepinwall Says:

    Adults can respectfully disagree on the merits of the serial comma, Johanna. :)

    Hope you like it.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, yeah, that comment is more about my obsessiveness. :)

  3. ~chris Says:

    Merits of the serial (aka Oxford) comma…
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/111817088441696761347/posts/Y8MMrCYwKTX
    http://pinterest.com/pin/233553930646784968/

  4. JennyN Says:

    When *I* was a gel (i.e. when the kids were getting excited over this “opposable thumbs” thing) we were taught that if you’re listing a number of things, you separate each item with a comma except for the last two, for which you use “and” with no comma.

    Does US usage differ on this point? (No, not being snarky; I’d like to know).

  5. Johanna Says:

    That pinterest link, with the cartoon, is hilarious!

    Jenny, my understanding is that the serial (or Oxford) comma, the one used before the conjunction, is more common in the UK than it is in the US, where many people have dropped using it.

  6. Augie De Blieck Jr. Says:

    I’m with you on this one, Johanna. I’m a firm believer in the Oxford comma, lest the last two items appear as if they were one single group.

    It’s simple logic:

    A, B and C is two objects: “A” and then “B and C”.

    A, B, and C is three objects with an “and” thrown in to indicate the impending ending.

    Of course, I’m a computer programmer. So maybe I shouldn’t judge writing rules by the logic I’ve learned as a programmer. But screw it. I will!

  7. Johanna Says:

    That kind of logic is why I no longer put punctuation inside the closing quote (unless I’m quoting a complete sentence). Which still violates all the published rules.

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