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Friday, September 30, 2011

Women reverse TV news stereotypes in new book

You know him as The Grape, the man with a ton of TV news wisdom at his blog tvnewsgrapevine (I am always linking to his blog on this one). But the man behind the purple mask, Randy Tatano, is also an author.

Tatano, a former reporter and News Director who now works as a network field producer, has taken the old newsroom premise of "never letting the facts get in the way of a good story" and turned it into a novel.

His first book, Rom-Com hits this week in paperback while electronic versions are available via Kindle, Nook, iPhone, iPad and Android.

"In case you couldn't guess, Rom-Com is a romantic comedy," said Tatano. "Even if you're a guy, it's one you'll enjoy, since it is about a television news network. The bottom line plot: four women take over a television network and turn things upside down, reversing the traditional co-anchor pairing of older-man-younger-woman by creating anchor teams with an older woman and a younger man."

Cougars might be a fan of this too.

Tatano added that the book is written with the same brand of sarcasm and warped humor that permeates his blog, so the television industry takes more than a few shots along the way. It's published under his pen name, N.J. Harlow.

Some of his previous publications include a few Star Trek short stories published by Pocket Books, and a collection of sci-fi tales, all published under his own name.

A second book, also set in the world of television news, is in production and scheduled for release in the coming months. So I'm guessing TV management out!

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