It's Not TV: Watching HBO in the Post-Television Era

It's Not TV: Watching HBO in the Post-Television Era

by Marc Leverette
     
 

Since first going on the air in 1972, HBO has continually attempted to redefine television as we know it. Today, pay television (and HBO in particular) is positioned as an alternative to network offerings, consistently regarded as the premier site for what has come to be called "quality television."

This collection of new essays by an international group of media

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Overview

Since first going on the air in 1972, HBO has continually attempted to redefine television as we know it. Today, pay television (and HBO in particular) is positioned as an alternative to network offerings, consistently regarded as the premier site for what has come to be called "quality television."

This collection of new essays by an international group of media scholars argues that HBO, as part of the leading edge of television, is at the center of television studies' interests in market positioning, style, content, technology, and political economy. The contributors focus on pioneering areas of analysis and new critical approaches in television studies today, highlighting unique aspects of the "HBO effect" to explore new perspectives on contemporary television from radical changes in technology to dramatic shifts in viewing habits.

It's Not TV provides fresh insights into the "post-television network" by examining HBO's phenomenally popular and pioneering shows, including The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City as well as its failed series, such as K Street and The Comeback. The contributors also explore the production process itself and the creation of a brand commodity, along with HBO's place as a market leader and technological innovator.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415960373
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/14/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword: It's television. It's HBO   Toby Miller     ix
Introduction     1
Industry and economics     11
Introduction: The not TV industry   Marc Leverette     13
Para-television and discourses of distinction: The culture of production at HBO   Avi Santo     19
And now no word from our sponsor: How HBO puts the risk back into television   Tony Kelso     46
Will Yingshuiji buzz help HBO Asia?   Shawn McIntosh     65
It's not TV, it's HBO's original programming: Producing quality TV   Janet McCabe   Kim Akass     83
Texts and contexts     95
Introduction: The not TV text   Brian L. Ott     97
Carnivale: TV drama without TV genre   David Marc     101
Challenging sitcom conventions: From The Larry Sanders Show to The Comeback   Lisa Williamson     108
"Cocksucker, Motherfucker, Tits"   Marc Leverette     123
Baltimore on The Wire: The tragic moralism of David Simon   Blake D. Ethridge     152
Audiences and identity     165
Introduction: The not TV audience   Cara Louise Buckley     167
K Street: "Raping HBO" or "What HBO is All About"?   ConorMcGrath     171
Praise you like I should: Cyberfans and Six Feet Under   Rhiannon Bury     190
Fashion(able/ing) selves: Consumption, identity, and Sex and the City   Cara Louise Buckley   Brian L. Ott     209
"No country for the infirm": Angels in an unchanged America   Joanna L. Di Mattia     227
Contributors     248
Index     253

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