LB: “Mad As Hell” is a great book about a great film written by an even greater writer

mad as hellBuy this book.

I really mean it. I’ve read it but can’t quantify it. No “Good,” “Not So Good,” cute snarking can cut it when it comes to reviewing this “behind-the-scenes story of the making of the movie Network, which transformed the way we think about television and the way television thinks about us.”

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the ultimate irony of the Amazon listing of a book titled Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies.

Namely, that nowhere on the sales page other than the reviews are we told that the writer of NETWORK, the real-live angry man who did indeed change everyone’s perception of TV, was genius TV and film writer Paddy Chayefsky. When Howard Beale, the news anchor character played by Peter Finch pours out his frustrated and furious vitriol he’s speaking for Chayefsky.

But then, publishers – and most writers in other media – never have understood what it is we really do.


About LB

Larry Brody has been profiled in such national magazines and websites as Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Starlog, People, Electronic Media, IndieSlate, TechTV, io9, and of course TV Guide. A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late ’60s, Brody has written and produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television. Brody has also been active in the TV animation world, writing, creating, consulting, and/or supervising the cult favorite STAR TREK animated TV series, the SILVER SURFER, SPAWN, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN, and SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED animated series, and was showrunner of the French animated series, DIABOLIK, as well as part of the team that developed and wrote the live-action/cgi animation sci-fi series Ace Lightning for the BBC. Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys.