Television in Transition: The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero / Edition 1
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Television in Transition: The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero / Edition 1

by Shawn Shimpach
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405185368

ISBN-13: 9781405185363

Pub. Date: 05/11/2010

Publisher: Wiley

Combining an exciting methodology alongside high-interest case studies, Television in Transition offers students of television a guide to a medium that has weathered the challenges of first-run syndication, a multi-channel universe, netlets, major media conglomerates, deregulation, and globalization—all in the space of twenty years.

Overview

Combining an exciting methodology alongside high-interest case studies, Television in Transition offers students of television a guide to a medium that has weathered the challenges of first-run syndication, a multi-channel universe, netlets, major media conglomerates, deregulation, and globalization—all in the space of twenty years.

  • Examines a return in television programming to action narratives with individual (super) heroes intended to navigate this new, international, multi-channel universe

  • Explores how television programming "translates" to new spatial geographies: different nations, cultures, broadcast systems; and different formats, distribution outlets, and screen sizes

  • Looks at the value of a program's "afterlife," the continued circulation, repackaging and repurposing of programming beyond its initial iteration

  • Blends institutional and textual analyses in case studies of Highlander: The Series, Smallville, 24, and Doctor Who

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405185363
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: The Time and Space of Television in Transition.

1 Television in Transition.

2 The Hero.

3 How to Watch Television.

4 Highlander: The Immortal Cosmopolitan.

5 Smallville: "No Flights, No Tights": Doing Business with Superman.

6 24: In Real Time.

7 Doctor Who: Regeneration through Time and (Relative Dimensions in) Space.

Conclusion: Do We Need Another Hero?

Notes.

References.

Index.

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