From Daytime To Primetime

From Daytime To Primetime

by James Roman
     
 

The 20th century might be accurately described as the television century. Perhaps no technological invention in recent history has so vastly affected the American public. An involving mixture of scholarship and nostalgia, this volume offers an intelligent examination of the many ways that American society has shaped—and been shaped by—television. Roman

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The 20th century might be accurately described as the television century. Perhaps no technological invention in recent history has so vastly affected the American public. An involving mixture of scholarship and nostalgia, this volume offers an intelligent examination of the many ways that American society has shaped—and been shaped by—television. Roman provides thematic chapters on all of television's major genres.

James Roman, author of Love, Light, and a Dream: Television's Past, Present, and Future (Greenwood, 1996), traces the evolution of American television programming from its beginnings as an experimental spinoff of radio broadcasting to its current role as an omnipresent and, some would say, omnipotent force of media and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313361692
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the culture of television's content
1The seeds of television programming : the networks steal from radio1
2Tinseltown comes to TV11
3From prairie to pavement : the lawman's lonely ride23
4Medicinal myopia : television makes house calls51
5Mirroring the melting pot : gender, race, and religion61
6The sitcom : innocence versus urban chic93
7Television and the comics135
8Television drama : from the golden age to the soap factory149
9Reality TV : surviving the trend171
10Talk TV : running at the mouth193
11Kids, cartoons, puppets, and Muppets213
12Television's telltale tube : fantasy, science fiction, and the occult229
13Setting the agenda : television news style and substance239
14Miniseries/docudrama : a delicate balance261
15Sports and television : the tortoise meets the hare271
16Trends and issues301

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