Retro Active Television: An In-Depth Perspective on Classic TV’s Social Circuitry (Paperback)

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"Ever wonder what the people who bring us our TV entertainment are thinking? Television and pop culture historian and author Herbie J Pilato has, and now takes readers on a provocative and entertaining look into the agenda behind TV shows and the resulting trends. Even when it seemed television programming was primarily mindless, there was serious thought behind what audiences were presented. The networks, after all, believe in giving the people what they want, even when the people should have known better. We've spent years of our lives in front of the tube; isn't it about time we found out what makes that tube tick? Retro Active Television will enlighten you."

- Marc Cushman (Screenwriter, Author)

About the Author

Herbie J Pilato is a writer, producer, and TV personality with an extensive list of TV credits including Bravo’s hit five-part series, "The 100 Greatest TV Characters," "Bewitched: The E! True Hollywood Story" (the seventh-highest rated "True Hollywood Story" in E!’s history), A&E’s "Biography" of Lee Majors, TLC’s "Behind the Fame" specials on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Bob Newhart Show," among others. Pilato has also served as a consulting producer and on-screen cultural commentator on various classic TV-DVD documentaries for Sony, NBCUniversal, and Warner Bros., including box sets for "The Six Million Dollar Man," "Kung Fu," and "CHiPs," and more. ​Pilato's lengthy list of top-selling, critically-acclaimed pop-culture/media tie-in books include the "Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story," "Dashing, Daring and Debonair: TV’s Top Male Icons from the '50s, '60s, and '70s," "Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door," "The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide To Her Magical Performances," "Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery," "Bewitched Forever," "The Bewitched Book," "The Bionic Book," "Life Story: The Book of Life Goes On," "The Kung Fu Book of Wisdom," "The Kung Fu Book of Caine," and "NBC & ME: My Life as a Page in a Book." Pilato began his career as an NBC Page in 1984 (where he worked "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson"), after which he became an actor and appeared on TV shows like "Highway to Heaven," "The Golden Girls," "General Hospital," and "The Bold and the Beautiful," in addition to various film and live stage productions (some of which he has also directed, such as Leonard Malfi’s "Birdbath"). ​In 2010, Pilato founded the Classic TV Preservation Society formal 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the positive social influence of classic television programming. Today, Pilato is a Features Writer for the Television Academy and; serves as a Contributing Editor Emeritus at Larry Brody's, and is the host and an executive producer of "Then Again with Herbie J Pilato," the hit classic TV talk show now streaming on Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime UK. Pilato's upcoming new books include "Connery, Sean Connery: Before, During and After James Bond" (University Press of Kentucky, 2022), "One Tough Dame: The Life and Career of Diana Rigg, Before, During and After 'The Avengers'" (University Press of Mississippi, 2023), and Lucas-Spielberg - The Director's Cut: Their Multi-Billion Dollar Lives and Careers (University Press of Kentucky). ​For more news and information, please visit
Product Details
ISBN: 9781958914083
Publisher: Herbie J Pilato
Publication Date: February 20th, 2023
Pages: 240