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Paul Green, born in Lincoln, UK currently lives in Virginia, USA. His books,"A History of Television's The Virginian 1962-1971" (2006/09), "Pete Duel : A Biography" (2007/08), "Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns" (2009), "Jennifer Jones: The Life and Films" (2011), "Roy Huggins: Creator of Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive and The Rockford Files" (2014) and "Jeffrey Hunter: The Film, Television, Radio and Stage Appearances" (2014) are all published by McFarland & Co. USA.

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Paul Green is a biographer specialising in film and television history. He lives in Rustburg, Virginia.

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A Feast for TV History Buffs 7 July 2014
By Lee Goldberg - Published on
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Roy Huggins by Paul Green explores in great detail the TV career of writer/producer Roy Huggins, creator (or co-creator) of such classic shows as Maverick, The Fugitive, 77 Sunset Strip, Toma, Baretta, The Rockford Files, The Bold Ones: The Lawyers, and Run For Your Life, as well as the driving force behind the creation of the "TV movie." He also produced many other series, including The Virginian, Cheyenne, Hunter, Kraft Suspense Theater, and Alias Smith and Jones, to name a few. The book is based on dozens of personal interviews, Huggins' own unpublished memoirs, newspaper & magazine articles, as well as my own, six-hour video interview with Huggins for The Archive of American Television.

It's a great book, exploring all of the creative issues, production details, political machinations (studio and network), and personnel matters (his relationships with actors, writers, producers etc), that shaped the weekly series, TV movies, pilots and mini-series that Huggins made as a producer, studio chief, and later as a hired gun. It's exactly the kind of book that I wish somebody would write about Stephen J. Cannell, Glen A. Larson, Fred Silverman, Steven Bochco, Bruce Geller, Goff & Roberts, Levinson & Link, and so many other TV producers.

Green clearly admires Huggins, but is not so enamored of his subject that he ignores the producer's faults, mistakes and failures. This is a serious, well-researched, information-packed reference work that is nonetheless an easy and engaging read. You don't have to be familiar with Huggins' shows to find the behind-the-scenes stories both fascinating and informative. This book isn't just for fans of Roy Huggins or his shows -- it's a must-read for students of TV history and anyone interested in a career as a TV series show runner. It's hands-down one of the best books ever written about a TV producer...or being one.

A note on my biases/possible conflicts of interest: I interviewed Huggins many times during my career as a journalist. In fact, I went into this expecting to be disappointed, to find very little “meat,” lots of errors, and to learn little that I didn’t already know. I was very pleased to be wrong. I’ve also worked with Jo Swerling Jr., who is quoted frequently in the book, during my time as a writer/producer at Stephen J. Cannell Productions. And, finally, I was a writer on "Hunter," but several seasons after Huggins produced the show.
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Interesting and informative 1 May 2014
By T. Tennis - Published on
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I really enjoyed reading about the life and work of Roy Huggins. He was truly ahead of his time and paved the way for other creators of our favorite shows. You'll find the chapters on the HUAC and the Communist hunting in Hollywood particularly interesting.
Good read!
interesting and I enjoyed a step back in time I read about the ... 30 July 2014
By Susan Kershner - Published on
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As a fan of old shows, I found this book very informative,interesting and I enjoyed a step back in time I read about the life of a very successful author, TV writer and producer. Roy Huggins came from humble beginnings but is the classic hard work and persistence pays off, American success story. I am old enough to remember many of the shows he was involved with and I will be honest they were some of my favorite actors. The book gives a very thoughtful and detailed account of what it was like to get your start in the burgeoning TV show market. It was kind of eerie but around the time of James Garner's passing, I was reading about him and his involvement with Maverick and then later The Rockford Files. The book gives a good account of the TV studios, the people at various levels in that chain of command and the actors themselves. I am not so sure it is as true today, but based on this book, you get the idea that a lot of thought went into these shows and the insight Mr. Huggins had about the importance of the story and what he wanted the audience to feel. You got a sense of Roy Huggins in his personal as well as professional life. I highly recommend it if you are a TV buff, especially of some of the older shows that are in reruns today on some of the retro channels. You will have more background when you watch them. I occasionally watch Maverick and Cheyenne now and when they show Roy Huggins as producer at the end, in my mind I think... thanks Roy for the memories and the good shows. This is the second book of Paul Green's I have read and you can tell he enjoys the subject matter. I have really enjoyed both.
The Uncompromising and Unassuming Roy Huggins 4 Feb. 2015
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It was about time for an in-depth profile of Roy Huggins. The book's opening delves into the Huggins lineage, which I must admit, I scanned rather quickly. But when Green focuses on Huggins early career succeses, his associates chime in about Roy's talent, work habits and personality. Nothing seemed to get Roy down. He just moved on. Remembrances from his son and daughter provide an accurate portrait of a gifted writer, producer, executive and family man. An emotionally balanced man who expected nothing less than excellence from his co-workers, he recognized talent and would step aside so their career could flourish. When someone fell short of their potential, however, he did not mince words. But his wry sense of humor usually prevailed.
A must read. 24 Aug. 2014
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Wonderful story about show and people we all grew up with. A must read.
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