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From: The Fugitive

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acknowledgments vii I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people who extended help, advice, and encouragement throughout the research and writing of this book. Special thanks go to Annie Martin at Wayne State University Press for her steadfast support , assistance, and patience in guiding me through the manuscript revision and publication processes. I would also like to thank the TV Milestones Book Series editors, Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski, for their insightful editorial suggestions on improving the overall style and flow of the manuscript, and to the two anonymous readers for their thoughtful and encouraging comments on early drafts of the book. I also would like to express my gratitude to the Press’s Editorial Board and all the Press staff responsible for the production and marketing of this book. Closer to home, I would like to thank my faculty colleagues (Dan, Russ, Lenny, Rebecca, Matt, Erika, Dennis, Maureen) in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, and former dean Devinder Malhotra of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern Maine for supporting this endeavor by approving my sabbatical leave in the spring of 2009. During the sabbatical, I was able to produce an initial draft of the manuscript and prepare for the revision process. 00 Pierson FM.indd 7 10/27/11 12:03 PM viii Acknowledgments I began thinking and writing about The Fugitive in the early 1990s for my master’s thesis in Radio-TV-Film at the University of North Texas in Denton. I started watching the series on the A & E (Arts and Entertainment) Network when it began showing reruns of the original episodes in the late afternoon. In viewing the episodes, I was struck by David Janssen’s haunting performance as Richard Kimble, Barry Morse’s relentless nature as Lieutenant Gerard, and the dark, nihilistic tone of the series. The program’s semi-anthology structure provided the perfect stage for intense, dramatic character explorations. It is no wonder that most series’ episodes feature performances from actors, such as Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Warren Oates, and Tuesday Weld, who would later become recognizable feature film actors . Today, viewing the series is like spotting the who’s who in the Hollywood film and television industries in the 1960s and 1970s. My critical interest in The Fugitive led me to choose the series as the topic of my thesis. I would like to express my appreciation to my thesis supervisor and friend Steve Fore for his invaluable input and critical insights, along with Justin Wyatt and John Kuiper, my steadfast thesis committee members, for their advice and support. I also would like to thank the Wayne State University Press for providing me an avenue for reexamining this early work and encouraging me to delve much deeper into the contexts surrounding the creation of the series for the ABC Network, its influences on subsequent dramatic semi-anthology series, and the reasons why it remains popular and meaningful to audiences several decades after its original broadcast. Finally, I cannot express enough gratitude to my wife, Carol . She also served as my first editor, providing practical advice and suggestions for improving revisions of the manuscript. Despite the fact that I spent too many weeknights and weekends working on the book, Carol never complained. Her love, patience , and unwavering support made the publication of this book possible. 00 Pierson FM.indd 8 10/27/11 12:03 PM ...