Pioneers of “B” Television

Independent Producers, Series and Pilots of the 1950s

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About the Book

As television grew more enticing for both viewers and filmmakers in the 1950s, several independent film producers with knowledge of making low-cost films and radio shows transferred their skills to producing shows for the small screen. Rather than funding live programs that were popular at the time, these producers saw the value in pre-taped shows, which created large financial returns through episode reruns. This low-cost, high-yield production model resulted in what are known and beloved as “B” television shows.
Part historical account and part filmography, this book documents the careers of over a dozen “B” television producers. It chronicles the rise of situation comedies and crime dramas and explores the minds behind popular shows like My Little Margie, The Lone Ranger, Lassie, Highway Patrol and Sea Hunt. Divided into 14 chapters of producer profiles, this work is rich in both trivia and critical assessments of the first years of television. A chapter detailing the work of early female television producers rounds out the text.

About the Author(s)

Richard Irvin is a self-described documentarian of television history. He lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Richard Irvin
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8996-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4770-8
Imprint: McFarland