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Johnny Staccato and Pete Kelly's Blues (both 1959) both featured a moody

Over here in the UK, Rock Follies (1976) and the sequel Rock Follies of '77
dramatised a Labelle-like girl group's fortunes - something I'm looking at
at the moment.

Would The Singing Detective and/or Pennies From Heaven count?

I hesitate to mention The Partridge Family.... Although I'd quite like to
toy with the conceit of David Cassidy as a tormented soul.

On 29/11/04 9:10 pm, "Michele Hilmes" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Seizing this opportunity to stop grading exams and do something
> interesting....I will give your actual question more thought, but it
> strikes me that the one type of creative cultural endeavor that you do see
> represented on TV is the tormented, zany producer/writer of
> radio/television shows.  From Jack Benny through Fred Allen to Dick Van
> Dyke, Murphy Brown, Frasier, WKRP, News Night, etc. etc. it's a carryover
> of that self-reflexive, "show about putting on a show" aesthetic so
> characteristic of network radio in its formative period.  I believe it
> carries over from vaudeville onto radio and thence TV.
> Not exactly the Romantic artist -- but perhaps a pointed comment on that
> whole concept?  The poor man/ lowbrow's equivalent?
> An interesting observation, Jeremy --  If people reply directly to you,
> would you consider routing their comments to the list?
> Regards, Michele
> At 02:29 PM 11/29/2004 -0600, Jeremy Butler wrote:
>> I'm currently working on a revision of the textbook, Television: Critical
>> Methods and Applications.  Specifically, I'm revising/enlarging the
>> chapter on critical methods.  Although I think the auteur theory has very
>> limited application to television, I have a small section discussing it.
>> This has led me to thinking about the Romantic, Byronic conception of the
>> artist--meaning both painters and poets, novelists, musicians, et al.--as
>> a tormented and usually demented individual.  While it's easy to come up
>> with dozens of examples of FILMS about such poor souls (e.g., POLLACK,
>> BASQUIAT, etc. etc. etc.), I'm struggling to think of a single television
>> series.
>> I suppose there's THE MONKEES and FAME.  And LOVE, SIDNEY did cast Tony
>> Randall as an artist.  But surely there are better examples than that.
>> Or does episodic television not favor the Romantic artist as a stereotype
>> the way that the cinema does?
>> I have been thinking mostly of U.S. television since that is where the
>> textbook is principally distributed, but I'd be curious to hear about any
>> instances of television series (and not just one-time documentary-style
>> biographies) centered on an artist, author, or musician.
>> Thanks.
>> Jeremy Butler
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