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An within examine a cable titan and his industry

John Malone, hailed as one of many nice unsung heroes of our age through a few and reviled via others as a ruthless robber baron, is printed as just a little either in Cable Cowboy. For greater than twenty-five years, Malone has ruled the cable tv undefined, shaping the area of leisure and communications, first along with his cable corporation TCI and later with Liberty Media. Written with Malone's remarkable cooperation, the attractive narrative brings this arguable capitalist and businessman to existence.

Cable Cowboy is without delay a penetrating portrait of Malone's advanced character, and an enthralling background of the cable television undefined. informed in a full of life kind with specific info, the e-book exhibits how an unassuming copper strand began as a backwoods antenna provider and have become the electronic fearful procedure of the united states, an evolution that gave U.S. shoppers the quickest path to the web.

Cable Cowboy unearths the forces that propelled this pioneer to such nice heights, and captures the immovable conviction and quicksilver brain that experience outlined John Malone all through his occupation.

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His dictum for success in a series goes this way: "The secret of a good series is that you must be able to see episode thirty-five or forty-nine before you begin" (Greenfield, 163-64). Greenfield quotes the producer of Police Story (1973-77), a more realistic cop series than many: "A dramatic lead is a function, not a human being. He's not going to die, he's not going to quit his job, he's not going to grow in dimension. So the writer starts off with a leading character who is not interesting. You have to find meaningful problems for him to deal with.

Dennis Braithwaite agreed, railing at "police stories played as kitchen-sink drama" (Daily Star, 16/9/75). The actors were unhappy too: Markle thought the "stories were terrific. . —But our relationship to the stories is too peripheral" (Margaret Daly, Daily Star, 12/9/75). It is worth noting that the better CBC series often foreground characters who are the focus of a particular story, not the continuing series leads. " Just so. Jim Bawden of The Hamilton Spectator liked the series because it was Copshows and Mysteries 37 "something new from an old form.

It seems to have eluded those involved in this surrogate that the original was primarily a superb parody of the spy formula. Back at the CBC, the short-lived series Phoenix Team was the next attempt to fill the slot in the schedule now reserved for the mystery/ detective/cop show genre. This series was based on the wholly improbable and rather dated premise that somewhere in Canada lurked a master spy (Mavor Moore) who could foil Russian plots only with the help of the heroine, a retired, married but still beautiful British spy (Elizabeth Shepherd) and, as the hero, a cynical, tired ex-lover, now filed and forgotten by the bureaucracy.

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