“His stories are wonderful, insightful, humorous, and full of vital knowledge for anyone who hopes to produce a series. He goes into the real nuts-and-bolts, from how to craft a television story, creatively and to fit a production budget, to how to watch dailies, pick locations, deal with actors, manage your time, and work with studio executives. This is a highly-entertaining, information-packed, must-read for students of both television history and production. I wish I'd been able to read this book before I ran my first show...it would have saved me a lot of pain.”
#1 New York Times bestselling author and the show runner of Diagnosis Murder, Martial Law, and Missing, among others.
“Like the classic TV shows for which he’s best-known (The Virginian, Ironside, CHiPs), writer/producer Cy Chermak’s memoir is ‘honest… real… believable.’ That’s how he explains the directions of his productions… and that’s how he tells the story of his life. In the best sense of those words, and with the best words that make sense, The Show Runner: An Insider’s Guide to Successful TV Production is nothing less than a top-notch true-to-life tale of behind-the-scenes comings and goings… told with humor, credibility, and class.”
Herbie J Pilato, writer/producer/performer