TV by Brian Brown
A Novel

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Caesar Fortunato is the greatest sports director ever. If you're not sure about that, just ask him. He'll tell you that he invented the instant replay. The blimp shot. The ”up close and personal“ feature. In fact, if you asked him, Caesar Fortunato would tell you that without him sports broadcasting would be a wasteland, not worth watching. And he might be right.

Caesar has directed Super Bowls, NBA championship games, Wimbledon, the Olympics. When he's hot, Caesar can make the worst game look like a spectacle and a good game look like art. The problem is that he is as arrogant about his abilities as he is good at his job. And he believes that entitles him to be as unkind to network presidents as he is to lowly production assistants.

So, when Caesar finally makes a mistake, all the little people he's screamed at and all the suits he's snubbed over the years get their revenge. He quickly finds himself on the street and then on the run when creative differences with a Hollywood A-list actor get physical. Before he totally self-destructs, though, Caesar gets one last chance to transform chaos into broadcast beauty. It'll be live, global, and impossible to pull off. Maybe.

In TV, Emmy Award-winning television writer, producer, and director Brian Brown offers the truest story yet told about what goes on behind the cameras in the television industry, as reflected in the rise, fall, and redemption of broadcasting's ultimate insider. In telling Caesar's story, Brown turns a revealing lens on the media's madness and madmen, as well as the power and all the possibility inherent in the medium that so pervades our lives. It's a riveting inside look at some of the most ephemeral, idiotic art ever created and the modern spectacle that is sports in all its brute, heartbreaking beauty.

Sometimes you can only tell the truth by resorting to fiction....

About Brian Brown

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Brian Brown has been a newspaper reporter for the New York Times and the San Diego Union and a television and film writer, director, and producer. He wrote and produced the Emmy Award-winning documentary The Wonders of Rome and has also won four other Emmy Awards for producing, directing, and writing in sports and entertainment. He is currently the coordinating producer of HBO’s On the Record with Bob Costas. He lives with his wife and two children in Scarsdale, New York. TV is his first novel.
Published August 14, 2001 by Crown. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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NY Daily News

A look back at her remarkable life and career, one year since her death.

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NY Daily News

A look back at her remarkable life and career, one year since her death.

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NY Daily News

But whether we will love to despise the bad people in the Bowers family on NBC’s new “Deception,” the way we despise the evil Ewings on “Dallas” or the rotten Graysons on “Revenge,” isn’t that simple a call.

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Huffington Post

His friend and co-star Stephen Graham revealed to me last week that Brown is very shy these days about his past as a Thai boxing champion, but the same stillness and conviction he no doubt brought to his fights enabled him to dominate this dramatic but always engrossing four-parter, with the tor...

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Channing Tatum "It's great he helped get another scum off the street but ya gotta be careful."

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Huffington Post

No one in the audience is an actor or stooge, we kept being told as Derren Brown brought his Svengali stage show to telly.

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The Hollywood Reporter

It’s a dubious idea to give a “sneak preview” of any series nearly a month in advance, but NBC might be doing the right thing with its new comedy 1600 Penn.

Dec 13 2012 | Read Full Review of TV: A Novel

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