SCTV: Behind the Scenes
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SCTV: Behind the Scenes

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Over 15,000 sold! Relive some of the most hilarious moments in television with the SCTV troupe.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 6th 1997 by McClelland & Stewart (first published October 1st 1996)
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Oct 15, 2007 Donald rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Fans of SCTV
"SCTV" is one of my favorite t.v. shows of all time. Thus, I was drawn like a firefly to Dave Thomas's "SCTV: Behind The Scenes." Thomas was of the two main creative forces behind the show (along with Joe Flaherty), and I was enormously interested in the backstage stories his book would be sure to provide. Because Thomas pretty much avoided any of the tell-all gossip that usually permeates these types of books, I guess I ended up being a little disappointed. It was great to read about the behind...more
SCTV was, probably, one of the most influential shows in my young life. Thus, I had to read this book when it came out and I think I will re-read it soon. If I remember correctly, this is a nice "warts and all" history, which is as it should be. I also remember that Thomas had quite a knack for summing up what was attractive about each of the performers comedic approaches (something about Catherine O'Hara and how each of her characters was, in retrospect, a really sharp take on women and their p...more
I am personally a fan of SCTV and found this book very interesting.
I feel terrible giving this book two stars because I was a fan of the show. Perhaps my expectations were too high. A review on another website said "you definitely won't be disappointed" which is actually funnier than anything in the book because I was terribly disappointed. The stories didn't flow, some of the anecdotes made the people involved look bad - I just didn't like it. Sorry.
Okay, I've been watching all of the SCTV DVDs while I sit with my cat, Callie, at night. So I decided to read this at the same time. fun stuff, since I started watching that in 1977-78.
The greatest comedy trouge of all time gets its due and D. Thomas gives a good insided view of what went on with this group.
Very interesting (and non-humorous) account of the history of the most fabulous show ever in the history of the world, SCTV.
Joe Faust
Insider’s look at the show; could have been much better from that perspective.
Great backstory on the chaos backstage that fueled the genius onstage.
Behind the scenes of SCTV. A must for any fan of any cast member.
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