Not So Prime Time: Chasing the Trivial on American Television

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In this witty and candid perspective on American television, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Howard Rosenberg traces a disturbing pattern: TV's relentless pursuit of the mundane in its seeming quest to dumb-down America. And, he writes, it may be succeeding. The longer mediocrity endures, Mr. Rosenberg advises, the greater the chance we will become permanently desensitized to it―and seduced by it―making third-rate the standard.

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Howard Rosenberg was the Los Angeles Times's TV critic for twenty-five years before his retirement in 2003. He won the Pulitzer Prize and two National Headliner awards for his commentary and reporting; his writing has also appeared in a great many magazines. Mr. Rosenberg now teaches news ethics in the Annenberg School and criticism in the film-television school at the University of Southern California. He lives in Agoura Hills, California, near Los Angeles.

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He wants nothing less than for all of us to become TV critics. (Virginian-Pilot)

...Rosenberg plumbs the depths of the sewer with grim levity, wryly chronicling the highlights of the mediocre.... He really shines... (Booklist)

...Rosenberg...explores...the still too infrequent peaks of TVland in nimble and often provocative style. (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Eloquent and witty, Rosenberg provides refreshingly sensible commentary on an increasingly maddening media circus. (San Francisco Bay Guardian)

...We need his voice and one wishes there were many more like his. (Rainelle, Wv Post-Report)

Marvelously written...more than a simple critique.... Rosenberg gives readers a reason to care about what will happen during the second half-century of television. (Foreword Reviews)

The prose is often witty and the satiric hits are sharp... (CHOICE)

...This collection [is] a welcome antidote for the medium's [TV's] excesses. (Daniel M. Kimmel, Author of The Fourth Network)

Anything Howard Rosenberg writes about television is superior to almost anything that's on television. (Linda Ellerbee, Journalist, Television Producer)

No mere television critic, Howard Rosenberg is the conscience that the medium seems so sadly to have misplaced. (Larry Gelbart)

This collection of a decade's worth of observation is crisp, smart, furious, and funny. (Tyne Daly)

Read this and you'll see why the Pulitzer jurors said Howard is the best. (Bill Moyers)

Rosenberg is the real thing. Newton Minow may have been the first to call TV a "vast wasteland," but no one has mapped its terrain more thoroughly and starkly than Rosenberg. (Kirkus)

Rosenberg's collection of essays traces the key stepping-stones on the descent from news to infotainment... (Brian Lowry Variety)

...Rosenberg loves television.... It's this love that...gives Not So Prime Time its pleasant and tangy bite. (The Washington Times)

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