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Jeremy--There is, perhaps foremost, Dennis Potter's "The Singing
Detective", about a writer (perhaps it doesn't count for your purposes)
since it is a mini-series rather than a season-series.  (If it does
count, there was the 6 part adaptation of Sartre's "Roads to Freedom",
though its hero--Matthieu--is more suspended in mid-course or distanced
than tormented.)  Jesse

On Nov 29, 2004, at 3:29 PM, 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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