Elvis Live at Five by John Paxson
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First they created the ultimate talk-show host. Now all they need to do is create the ultimate news story.

Elvis Live at Five is an updated version of Paddy Chayevsky's Network--a fascinating behind-the-scenes drama about the people--and in this case, dead rock idols-- behind the news. Nick Upton, news manager of KVGO-TV in Dallas thought the newsroom was a jungle BEFORE his ruthless new boss took over. Then a computer geek shows Nick how to boost the ratings-let a technologically cutting-edge virtual Elvis have his own show. Elvis lives for millions of viewers in no time. But who controls Elvis? And are those people at all interested in truth in broadcasting? What lengths will they go to to keep those profits rolling in?

As Nick Upton fights for what he believes in, not only is his life in danger, but so is the future of the truth as we know it. Scathing, funny, and frighteningly close to the bone, Elvis Live at Five is a brave preview of a whole new world.

About John Paxson

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John Paxson is Vice President, Europe, and Bureau Chief, CBS News London, where he is responsible for editorial and logistical coverage of Europe, Africa, and South Asia. He supervises a CBS staff in London and other CBS people in field bureaus in Paris, Bonn, Tel Aviv, Moscow and Johannesburg. He has previously been assigned by CBS to Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York. Prior to that he was Bureau Chief for Voice of America in Chicago and Chief of the Washington DC Voice of America Documentary Unit. Included among the many top stories Mr. Paxson has covered live are: the war in Bosnia; the Gulf War; the LA Riots; OJ's LA freeway chase; the San Francisco earthquake; the deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa; the TWA hijacking; the hostage release in Beirut; the presidential campaigns of Carter and Reagan; and Watergate. John Paxson was born in Montana and raised on a farm in the Bitterroot Valley. He speaks several languages and has won three Emmys. He is married to a former television news reporter, and has two lovely daughters.
Published September 17, 2002 by Thomas Dunne Books. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At first the station has Elvis doing his King of Rock-and-Roll shtick in the middle of the night, but when Leese realizes what a potential following the cult hit has, he refurbishes a downtown Dallas theater, brings in a live audience, wheels Elvis out on a giant monitor, and moves him to primetime.

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Paxson (A Golden Trail of Murder) explores the blurring line between noteworthy events and media sensationalism in his third novel, an intriguing but undisciplined book that begins when a TV station in Texas tries to boost ratings by using a computer-generated Elvis to host a late-night talk show.

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