Three new books offer perspectives on the history and future of television.
Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook (Yale University Press) by Clive James is the esteemed cultural critic's lively analysis of the recent revolution in how we consume television in a "golden age of TV drama."
Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency (Custom House) by James Andrew Miller is an entertaining and revelatory behind-the-scenes look at the people behind the stars who have a huge influence on TV, movies and more.
TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time (Grand Central) by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz is two top TV critics' encyclopedic, entertaining, complex ranking of 100 shows; it will have you arguing and rewatching for months.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor