Inside Gilligan's Island: From Creation to Syndication

Inside Gilligan's Island: From Creation to Syndication

by Sherwood Schwartz

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While every new TV series has to face some problems, no show had to overcome greater obstacles than Gilligan's Island. In spite of that, no series has achieved greater success, as measured by the fact that Gilligan's Island has given rise to three TV movies, two animated series, and is the most rerun program in the entire history of television. Now, Sherwood Schwartz, creator, writer, and producer of Gilligan's Island, tells the life story of the show: from the labor pains of scripting, casting, and production to its golden years of afternoon reruns. Fascinating history that could be known only by the show's creator is enhanced by wonderful photos, sketches, and other illustrations from the author's personal collection, as well as the guest forewords by all seven "Castaways." An appendix lists plots, writers and directors for every episode. All this behind-the-scenes information makes the book a special treat, not only for fans, but for anyone interested in an inside look at the television industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786484881
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/13/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 492,204
File size: 12 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late Sherwood Schwartz lived in Beverly Hills, California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface xi
Forewords xiii
Introduction xv

1. The Importance of Being Illiterate 1
2. The Home Front 7
3. The Longest Journey Starts with the Dreaded Blank Page 11
4. One Ten-Cent Phone Call 21
5. In the Beginning Was the Word 26
6. The Songbird from Passaic 31
7. Sometimes Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 42
8. Where, When, How and with Whom 44
9. Gilligan, the Skipper Too, the Millionaire and His Wife, the Movie Star, the Professor and Mary Ann 49
10. The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Crickets 69
11. Everybody Remembers That Day 76
12. Left at the Post 82
13. You Can't Win 'Em All 84
14. Left at the Post Again . . . and Again 89
15. Setting Gilligan's Island Free 91
16. A Meeting at Mount Olympus 106
17. Another Meeting at Mount Olympus 121
18. Yet Another Meeting at Mount Olympus 127
19. One More Meeting at Mount Olympus 132
20. Always Be Nice to Your Script Editor 136
21. Life on the Stage 140
22. Gilligan's Island Hits the Airwaves, and Vice Versa 161
23. A Captain Should Go Down with His Own Ship 173
24. Send Help Before It's Too Late 184
25. Pratfalls and Philosophy 190
26. "Whatever Happened to Gunsmoke?" 196
27. Big Julie Rolls the Dice 204
28. Gilligan Gets Animated 207
29. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Men's Room 211
30. Rescued After Fifteen Years 217
31 The "Castaways" Hotel and the Globetrotters 234
32. Priceless Rewards 244
33. Present Mirth Hath Present Laughter 256
34. The Three Musketeers 264

Epilogue 271
Appendix 1: Episode Synopses 272
Appendix 2: Synopses of Gilligan's Island Movies and Specials 308
Index 315

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