Brett Martin

In his new book Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, author Brett Martin writes about TV's current "Third Golden Age," which he says began when The Sopranos premiered on HBO in 1999. According to Martin, the common thread running through the great shows of this era are the prickly men who created them, and the complex male characters they placed at the center of each. Cable television, less beholden to ratings and advertisers than networks and more willing to take risks, became the place for a movement that has shifted the center of pop culture conversation from the movie theater to the living room.
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