As a masters student who really loves research projects, I go kind of crazy looking for good reading about made for TV movies. Here is an ongoing list of what I’m reading:
The first edition has a lot more stills, and is simply gorgeous. The final edition is a five volume set and encompasses all TVMs from network to cable. Sadly, there are no images, but it’s a great guide. I recommend them all!
The Television Horrors of Dan Curtis: Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker and Other Productions, 1966 -2006 by Jeff Thompson: This is your one stop shop for all things Dan Curtis. It’s a fabulous read, filled with lots of tidbits, a few gorgeous black and white stills and a lot of heart. Viva la Dan Curtis!
TV Book: The Ultimate Television Book edited by Judy Fireman: While I have mixed emotions about some of the content of this book, I do think it captures the history and influence of television (up to the mid-1970s) very well. When I say “mixed emotions” I mostly mean some of the more pessimistic essays that feel dismissive of the programming and intelligence of the audience. However, it does offer a lot of information, plenty of fantastic photos, and it shines a light on very important but underrated figures, including a stellar interview with John Randolph about being blacklisted. Definitely worth a read.