“Television: Rare and Well Done” Book Giveaway (via Twitter July 6 through August 1)

“Television: Rare and Well Done” Book Giveaway
Qualifying Entry Task for TWITTER Contest

As many of us Classic Movie and TV Fans know, Terence Towles Canote runs a fabulous Pop Culture blog called A Shroud of Thoughts — and he also tweets ‘classic’ information daily via @Mercurie80. Terry’s interests and expertise span a wide spectrum, from classic movies and classic television to classic rock, pulp magazines, comic books and more.  He is quite a wealth of knowledge — so much so, that TCM picked him to introduce an airing of “A Hard Day’s Night” to their viewers a few months ago.

But that’s not all… Terry also wrote a book a few years back called Television: Rare & Well Done – which is a collection of essays about the 70-year history of broadcast TV, from America’s Golden Age of Television through the reality shows of today. And, now, I am happy to say that CMH will be giving away TWO copies of Terry’s book via Twitter this month!

Last, but certainly NOT least, I am even happier to say that Terry will be posting a series of articles right here on our CMH blog over the next few months — so please stay tuned!

Okay, now for the contest rules… here’s how you can enter…

In order to qualify to win a copy of Television: Rare & Well Done via this Twitter contest giveaway, you must complete the following task (scroll down below) by Saturday, August 1 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on two different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first drawing, you will still be eligible to win during the second drawing…

  • Saturday, July 18: One Winner
  • Saturday, August 1: One Winner

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter, the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST (for example, we will announce the first winner on Sunday July 19 at 9PM EST on Twitter).  Here’s our Twitter handle: @ClassicMovieHub.

Television Rare an Well Done by Terence Towles Canote


ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, August 1 at 9PM EST — BUT remember, there are two drawings, so the sooner you enter, the greater chance you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win the “Television: Rare & Well Done” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @Mercurie80

What is your favorite Classic Television show and why? 

You can read Terry’s articles on his blog at A Shroud of Thoughts — or follow him on Twitter via @Mercurie80


Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

See complete contest rules here.

About the Book: Television: Rare & Well Done is a collection of essays that cover nearly 70 years of American and British television. Its essays cover a time span that includes the anthology shows of the Fifties and the reality shows of today. The essays address subjects including the Golden Age of Television, the Westerns of the Fifties, the Davy Crockett phenomena, The Avengers, the spy craze of the Sixties, Batman, children’s shows, and The Lone Gunmen.

If you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase it on amazon via the below link (click on image). 


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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14 Responses to “Television: Rare and Well Done” Book Giveaway (via Twitter July 6 through August 1)

  1. Alan Andrews says:

    “What is your favorite Classic Television show and why? ”

    There’s a reason “I Love Lucy” still endures in syndication to this day. I don’t think there’s a single episode that makes me think, “aw, this one’s okay.” They’re all cream of the crop.

  2. While I do love the sitcoms of the 50’s and 60’s, my love of television came from the soapy dramas of the 80s. I think “Dallas” by far is the one show that remains in my heart my all-time favorite show ever. It was so hard to wait week after week to find out what was going to happen with the Ewings – and those season ending cliffhangers were always so good.

  3. Sara Stewart says:

    I have so many but the one I always com back to is I Love Lucy. My dad was in the Navy and no matter where he was stationed, Lucy was on. We’d watch it together and it always made us laugh. It helped him to forget about all the horrors of war. I was 9 when he died, and didn’t laugh for months after. I found nothing to happy about and then Lucy came on. I knew that my Dad was there with me and every year on his birthday, I get our favorite snacks and put in my I Love Lucy dvds.

  4. ajwrites57 says:

    I don’t know, but I could watch any episode anytime of these three: Leave It to Beaver,
    The Twilight Zone and M*A*S*H!!! Leave it to Beaver because the series reflects the joy, innocence and naivete of that age. The Twilight Zone because of the oddness and mystery of life and human nature reflected in the show. M*A*S*H because of the humor, irony and humanity of the series.

  5. Canadian, so I’m disqualified. But I’ll answer anyway, just for fun. |You Can’t Do That On Television (YTV/Nickelodeon)

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Oh thanks for answering anyway… sorry about the US only rule — but there are many more contests coming soon, and you will be eligible for a bunch of them…


  6. Kiley Carlsen says:

    I’d have to say it’s a tie between two shows, the first being I Love Lucy because the show was way ahead of it’s time. It was smart and funny. Every line and every joke was delivered with absolute care and perfectionism. Lucille Ball has this grace and captivating about her that is just jaw dropping. It’s been said that she is a perfectionist and it shows in every perfect moment of the show. It’s a show that I believe will be held very dearly in the hearts of each American for the rest of time. The second is the Donna Reed Show because while the humor is dealt with a touch more subtlety, it is still very much there. The show was cute and very much relateable…. In fact it remains relatable even today. Donna Reed had such a warm and compassionate heart and it shows through every episode of the show. Both shows are absolutely beautiful and funny and I will continue to watch them over and over again.

  7. Darrylyn Bonaparte says:

    My favorite is “The Odd Couple” with Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison. I just love comedy! These two men always had me believing in them at everything they did. Their timing was great and the situations they got themselves into most often mimicked our lives as we live. I was a slob as a child, so I always related to Oscar Madison, you could say he was my idol! Lol

  8. Joan O'Malley says:

    I Love Lucy is the definitive comedy. It’s just as funny today as it was when it was made. Lucy and Ethel’s escapades are the jewels in this gem of a show.

  9. Gail Pascaris says:

    One summer my local station ran the Topper TV series at midnight. Mom let me stay up and watch them. It was great. Still is.

    Growing up I was a big fan of Bonanza/Ponderosa, Get Smart, and Big Valley. I guess another favorite, Taxi, is old enough to be considered a classic now.

  10. Lisa says:

    My favorite classic TV show is The Dick Van Dyke Show. Stellar cast, superb acting, side-splitting funny. Pure entertainment!

  11. Judy Thomas says:

    The honeymooners bc no one was better than Jackie Gleason. I can watch all 30 episodes over and over and laugh like its the first time I’ve watched them. Seinfeld has often been called the greatest sitcom of all time. Not even close.

  12. Annmarie Gatti says:

    Answering on behalf of Michele, who was unable to post here:

    Best classic show–Fantasy Island, for its “be careful what you ask for, you might just get it” storylines.

  13. Chris Teel says:

    I’m going to say Burns & Allen. The writing was great, the show is still funny, and the way that George Burns went from being the main character to breaking the 4th wall and becoming sort of a narrator was groundbreaking. Of course if you go early enough in the history of television, it was all groundbreaking.

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