The second and final volume of Marc Cushman and Mark Alfred's series of books on the making of Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is now available.
Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Volume Two: The Authorized Biography of a Classic Sci-Fi Series, from Jacobs/Brown Press, completes the two-book set by Marc Cushman and Mark Alfred, documenting the production and cultural impact of this iconic, beloved and pioneering science-fiction series.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, which aired on ABC-TV from 1964 through 1968, was the first hour-long, color, science-fiction series on television. Its success proved to the networks that such a show, within the constraints of a TV budget and shooting schedule, could attract a mass audience. Without Voyage, there would have been no Lost in Space or Star Trek. CBS and NBC, respectively, only decided to gamble on those series after Voyage had not only premiered – while staying on budget and schedule – but went on to win its time slot. Therefore, it was Irwin Allen who had boldly gone where no man (or television producer) had gone before!
Now, with Volume 2 and the previous volume as your guides, you can journey back in time to witness the making of this legendary series. Here you'll find the production memos between Irwin Allen, his staff, and the ABC-TV network; the shooting schedules and production dates; the budgets; the ratings; the reviews and articles from that era; new and exclusive interviews, as well as archival interviews; and hundreds of pictures, many never before shared with the public. And you'll find out what made Irwin Allen tick.
With an introduction by David Hedison, Volume 2 covers the making of Seasons 2, 3 and 4 – all 78 color episodes! Your deep dive into Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is here.
The book is available both through Jacobs/Brown Press and Amazon in the US, UK and Australia.
Now available is the first of two volumes by Marc Cushman and Mark Alfred covering the making of Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
About the Book
Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Volume 1 documents the creation and production of the most challenging TV series up to its time. Voyage was distinctive due to its recurring cast, special-effects-driven action, futuristic sets, and expensive miniature photography. The show elevated the TV science-fiction genre and demonstrated what could be accomplished on a TV budget, within a tight production schedule, while appealing to a mass audience. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea set the stage for the success of Allen's Lost in Space and The Time Tunnel, as well as Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek.
Here also is the rags-to-riches story of Irwin Allen, from his tenement upbringing in the Bronx to his later incarnations in Hollywood. Allen was an entertainment journalist, radio and television host, and literary agent – all before becoming a successful Academy Award-winning motion-picture producer and director.
Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Volume 1 makes you a witness in the production offices, writers' conferences, and on the soundstages. You will become immersed in the making of the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 feature film, the 1963 TV pilot, and all 32 episodes from the 1964-65 television series. Included are hundreds of memos among Allen, his staff, and the network; production schedules; budgets; TV ratings; and more than 300 photos, many never shared with the public before.
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