TV Drama in Transition: Forms, Values, and Cultural Change

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TV Drama in Transition reflects upon changing dramatic forms in television in the context of broad cultural shifts over the past two decades. Sceptical about a postmodern 'paradigm shift', Nelson nevertheless sets contemporary TV drama in its socio-economic context, and explores the dramatic forms and experiences of recent television texts. A contentious stance is taken on a number of media orthodoxies, and the case for critical realisms is remade.
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TV Drama in Transition reflects upon changing dramatic forms in television in the context of broad cultural shifts over the past two decades. Sceptical about a postmodern 'paradigm shift', Nelson nevertheless sets contemporary TV drama in its socio-economic context, and explores the dramatic forms and experiences of recent television texts. A contentious stance is taken on a number of media orthodoxies, and the case for critical realisms is remade.
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In response to pessimistic sentiments about television's ability to equal the glories of its past, Nelson (creative arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) reflects upon the changing characteristics of TV drama in the context of cultural shifts over the past two decades. He takes a contentious stance on a number of media orthodoxies, analyzes a wide range of American and British series, and intersperses discussion of new technologies, viewing tendencies, the political economy of culture, aesthetic quality, evaluation, and the division between art and popular culture. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312172763
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.87 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 From Electronic Theatre to ... Cyberspace? Technology and Televisual Form 10
2 Flexi-Narrative from Hill Street to Holby City: Upping the Tempo; Raising the Temperature 30
3 Dislocations of Postmodernity: Transition in the Political Economy of Culture 50
4 Signs of the Times? Heartbeat and Baywatch 73
5 TV Drama Forms: Tradition and Innovation; Gradual (Un)realizations 99
6 Framing 'the Real': Oranges, Middlemarch, X-Files 125
7 The Public Stock of Harmless Pleasure: Pleasure, Meanings, Responsibilities 158
8 Diverse Innovations: Radical 'Tec(h)s'; NYPD Blues, Between the Lines, The Singing Detective 183
9 For What It's Worth: Problematics of Value and Evaluation 209
10 Coda - Critical Postmodernism: Critical Realism; Twin Peaks and Our Friends in the North 235
Appendix Segment Breakdown of Casualty, Episode 16 October 1993 249
Notes 254
References 265
Index 274
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