Teen Television: Essays on Programming and Fandom

Overview

This essay collection explores the phenomenon of "teen TV" in the United States, describing the meanings and manifestations of this category of programming from a variety of perspectives. Part One views teen television through an industrial perspective, examining how networks such as WB, UPN, The CW, and The N have created a unique economic framework based on demographic niches and teen-focused narrowcasting. Part Two focuses on popular teen programs from a cultural context, evaluating how such programs reflect ...
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Overview

This essay collection explores the phenomenon of "teen TV" in the United States, describing the meanings and manifestations of this category of programming from a variety of perspectives. Part One views teen television through an industrial perspective, examining how networks such as WB, UPN, The CW, and The N have created a unique economic framework based on demographic niches and teen-focused narrowcasting. Part Two focuses on popular teen programs from a cultural context, evaluating how such programs reflect and at times stretch the envelope of the cultural contexts in which they are created. Finally, Part Three explores the cultures of reception (including the realms of teen consumerism, fan discourse, and unofficial production) through which teens and consumers of teen media have become authors of the teenage experience in their own right.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786435890
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/22/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Marie Ross is an assistant professor in the television department at Columbia College, Chicago. She has written extensively about television, and is currently the associate editor for the Journal of International Digital Media Arts Association. She lives in Chicago. Louisa Ellen Stein is an assistant professor of film and media culture at Middlebury College in Vermont. She has written previously on contemporary media culture, including film, television, the Internet and videogames.

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Table of Contents

Preface     1
Introduction: Watching Teen TV     3
The Industrial Context of Teen TV     27
TV Teen Club: Teen TV as Safe Harbor   Jeff Martin     27
Teen Television and the WB Television Network   Valerie Wee     43
Defining Teen Culture: The N Network   Sharon Marie Ross     61
Rocking Prime Time: Gender, the WB, and Teen Culture   Ben Aslinger     78
Teens on TV     93
"Normal is the watchword": Exiling Cultural Anxieties and Redefining Desire from the Margins   Caralyn Bolte     93
Riding the Third Wave: The Multiple Feminisms of Gilmore Girls   Francesca Gamber     114
"That girl of yours-she's pretty hardboiled, huh?": Detecting Feminism in Veronica Mars   Andrea Braithwaite     132
The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Fan: Consumption and Queer Inspiration in Six Feet Under   Barbara Brickman     150
"They stole me": The O.C., Masculinity, and the Strategies of Teen TV   Sue Turnbull     170
Cultures of Reception     185
Fashion Sleuths and Aerie Girls: Veronica Mars' Fan Forums and Network Strategies of Fan Address   Jennifer Gillan     185
The Adventures of a Repressed Farm Boy and the Billionaire Who Loves Him: QueerSpectatorship in Smallville Fandom   Melanie E.S. Kohnen     207
Pushing at the Margins: Teenage Angst in Teen TV and Audience Response   Louisa Ellen Stein     224
Contributors     245
Index     249

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