Inside Fame on Television

A Behind-the-Scenes History


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About the Book

Fame, the hugely popular 1980 musical film inspired by New York’s High School of the Performing Arts, was adapted as a weekly NBC television series in 1982. Though cancelled by the network after two seasons, the TV version of Fame rose from the ashes to enjoy a long and successful run in syndication. Among the series’ cast members were such gifted performers as Debbie Allen and Janet Jackson.
For five of the six years that Fame flourished on television, Michael A. Hoey was closely involved in the series’ production. He has written a compelling behind-the-scenes history of the filming of the hit series, incorporating interviews with a number of the creative principals as well as recounting his own experiences.

About the Author(s)

The late Michael A. Hoey was a multi-award-winning film editor, screenwriter, director and producer. His numerous credits included six Elvis Presley films, the television series Dallas and Murder She Wrote, and the annual Creative Emmy Awards presentation. He lived in San Clemente, California.

Bibliographic Details

Michael A. Hoey
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 234
Bibliographic Info: 45 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4665-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5573-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Prologue      1

1. How It All Began      3

2. Metamorphosis      14

3. New Arrivals      25

4. Reflections on a Group of Talented Performers      33

5. Gathering Clouds      48

6. A New Hierarchy      56

7. Five, Six, Seven, Eight      66

8. Across the Pond      75

9. And the Winner Is      84

10. We’re Back in Business!      92

11. Some Serious Changes      99

12. And Some New Directors      108

13. A Family Crisis      115

14. Another Assignment and a Mistake      120

15. We Have to Say Goodbye      128

16. The New Producers      134

17. A Downhill Slide      142

18. Things Get Crazy      148

19. It’s Looking Good, but Not for Long      153

20. On Location      162

21. Hello and Goodbye      168

22. New Hands at the Wheel      177

23. A Good Beginning      185

24. The Last of the New Kids      192

25. And So It Is Over      202

26. Fame Lives On      207

27. A Final Goodbye      214

Epilogue      218

Sources      221

Index      223