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Fistfights. Cars careening off cliffs and exploding. Running on a
bridge. Dodging a helicopter. The dune buggy roll. Iconic
convertibles. Signature sports jackets. 17 Paseo Verde. L.A. at its
coolest-and then there was Peggy.
For generations, throughout the world these have brought a smile
to the face and a single word to mind-Mannix. With such style
up-front, the substance behind the character of Joe Mannix has been
Mannix ran on CBS-TV from 1967-1975 during the Golden Age of
Television, the last production of Desilu (the legendary studio
owned by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) following Star Trek and
Mission: Impossible. It was syndicated in over 70 countries during
its first run, won Golden Globe and Emmy awards, and innovated the
concept of the personalized crime-fighter. Star Mike Connors, who
embodied his alter ego, wanted Joe Mannix to have emotion, a
departure from type.
And now, back to mannix is not a TV log book, or even a behind the
scenes book, but a behind the myth book, making the case that some
TV characters have singular power to make societies and individuals
better, interspersed with discussion of the richness of character,
symbolism, and scenes in the series. The book includes a Foreword
by Mike Connors and a Prologue by David Breckman, writer and
co-executive producer of the highly successful USA series, Monk.
JoAnn M. Paul, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Computer
Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her childhood hero was shot, drugged,
poisoned, beaten, tortured, and dumped down hillsides to be left
for dead. Nothing could have prepared her better for life.
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