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  • Paperback: 546 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (30 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593932863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593932862
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seaview on 21 Nov. 2012
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This is a must have for fans rare pictures indept info much much more i was a bit wary of it at first, thinking it was anorher episode guide but i was wrong and glad to get it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andrewwells on 1 Sept. 2014
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The book givwe an in-depth history of the series , as said by another buyer . It is more than an episode guide . I highly recommend it for fans of the series .
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Time to read this comprehensive work on another Irwin Allen classic 30 Aug. 2013
By Deborah R. Painter - Published on Amazon.com
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Why would a science fiction TV series that stimulated so much interest in history among elementary and high school students that they wrote fan letters to the magazines and newspapers praising the series for this attribute be cancelled after a mere 30 episodes? This, author Martin Grams, Jr. states in his introduction, is a mystery he hoped to solve in the research for the book. Did he find out why? Well, I invite you read the book and see for yourself!

Set design, casting, costumes and music were all magnificent and expensive, and each episode is chronicled in detail, with music cue notes, script notes and even the costs per episode. We even learn what the ABC network censors had to say about each episode and what needed to be trimmed before air date. This is information I have not seen in other similar books about the history of individual television series.

"I wasn't ever badly injured on Time Tunnel in spite of all the rolling and tumbling and swordfights and fistfights and rifle fire", co-star Robert Colbert comments in an interview in Martin Grams. Jr.'s book. "God Almighty, I fought everything but a camel on that show!" Another thing we learn that Colbert fought was his physical attraction to his co-star Lee Meriwether. The two had to touch in one scene and since she was married, they mutually agreed that there would from that point on be no more touching in any scenes.

The series premise was that the two lead scientists, Doug (Colbert) and Tony (James Darren) were caught in the Time Tunnel time warp device with no control over where they would end up next. Lee Meriwether was the scientist back at the laboratory who was able to track them, though not control their next destination in time. Darren is quoted in Grams' book as saying " Had The Time Tunnel gone a second season, the possibilities would have been expanded.... we could have bumped into ourselves from another travel." Colbert is quoted as saying "I believe, had the series run longer, by the mid-season there would have been more control over where we would have gone and we probably would have been in contact with the Time Tunnel [personnel] more often."

The behind-the-scenes photographs and the comprehensive discussion of the impact the series had on pop culture make The Time Tunnel: A History of the Television Series a rewarding read.
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The Time Tunnel book is a complete review of the TV series, including plots for a proposed second season 9 Feb. 2015
By chrominance - Published on Amazon.com
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The Time Tunnel series only lasted a year, cancelled after intense competition from 2 hit series on Friday night. It remains a cult sci-fi and fantasy favorite around the world. This book is a complete review of The Time Tunnel, and the efforts of its creator, Irwin Allen, based on the author's total access to Irwin and Shiela Matthew-Allen's personal archive. The hardcover edition is a quality printing, with many black and white images, and uses acid-free paper. It has a neutral tone, rather than the usual sycophant or competitive tone of most media books. The other reviews here cover important aspects of The Time Tunnel: A History. Another fascinating part of the book are Irwin Allen's plot proposals to the ABC Network for a second year of the series. If you like the first year, the second year could have been better. As an excerpt from his book, the author, Martin Grams, has posted a section with Allen's second-year plot proposals, including a few story illustrations in color that did not make it into the book. This book excerpt and extras are on Martin Grams' blog - search for "Time Tunnel Proposed Second Season" to see them. In related news, Irwin Allen's Lost In Space has been converted to widescreen HD from the original camera film elements (negatives before cropping for the TV screen). That series in HD will be on Blu-ray for its 50th anniversary in September, 2015 (search Lost In Space HD for test footage): maybe The Time Tunnel might get the same treatment and HD Blu-ray's for it's 50th anniversary in 2016.
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One Section Alone Makes It Worth The Price 18 Jun. 2013
By John Carlton - Published on Amazon.com
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The holy grail of Time Tunnel is a sequence pictured in the ViewMaster release, and seen briefly in Producer Irwin Allen's home movies where the time travelers are in the tunnel with jungle growth, and which was rumored to be an alternate ending for the first episode. Well this book has the script for that scene, along with the production number and how much it cost to shoot it. That alone makes the book worth having. Add to that a number of never before published pictures (including shots of the empty soundstage Allen took to see if it would be good for the tunnel set) and you have some idea of the scope of this book.

Highly recommended.
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The TIme Tunnel 7 Oct. 2013
By Thomas L. Canfield - Published on Amazon.com
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A terrific book on a little appreciated TV show. It was a shame it only lasted one season. It had so much potential in the science fiction realm.
10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Irwin Allen's Neglected Prodigy Rediscovered. 5 Aug. 2012
By Jeff T. - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally a fully comprehensive, exacting and exhaustively researched in-depth written study on the Irwin Allen produced 1960s SF tv series THE TIME TUNNEL (ABC 1966-67) has been successfully realized making all (well-intended) previous efforts seem pathetically amateurish and superficially meager by critical comparison.

Martin Grams, Jr. an accomplished writer-historian-chronicler of such similar quality examinations once again excels with his remarkable accurate account of the genesis, development, consummation and an objective evaluation of a widely appreciated and renowned television classic that has still maintained tremendous global interest literal decades since its premature cancellation after just a single season on primetime network tv.

In addition to the most minute, intricate production details revealed for the very first time Martin further provides rare forgotten personal interviews-recollections, long out of the public scrutiny-memory for years, with some of the important instrumental prime movers who actually participated in the making of this most extraordinary entertainment-driven SF-premised television program.

This exceptional book is not just a factual-laden history of Irwin Allen and his lamented prodigy but a tangible testament-reminder of the bona fide Golden Age of Television when conspicuous imagination, creativity, inspiration, enthusiasm and unabashed talent were all wonderfully par-for-the-course on the what was once the most popular and influential mass communication medium in mid-1960s 20th Century society.

After having ravenously poured over Martin Grams, Jr.'s awe-inspiringly informative, profusely illustrated and thoroughly captivating text one can well understand and appreciate just why producer-creator Irwin Allen himself considered THE TIME TUNNEL tv series to be his all-time favourite crowning achievement. An enduring milestone in the annals of classic television that will always be fondly remembered and respectfully appreciated. This well-deserved lofty status will have been in no small part attributable to the indefatigable conscientiousness and dedication of literary authors like Martin Grams, Jr. who rightly merits our respectful appreciation for having benignly bestowed upon fans of THE TIME TUNNEL tv series such an invaluable documentation that will ultimately prove to be every bit as highly regarded as its subject.

Enthusiastically recommended to all!

Jeff T.
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