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

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John Wiley & Sons, 5 lut 2010 - 256
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
 

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1 Television in Transition
14
2 The Hero
30
3 How to Watch Television
48
4 Highlander The Immortal Cosmopolitan
66
5 Smallville No Flights No Tights Doing Business with Superman
94
6 24 In Real Time
125
7 Doctor Who Regeneration through Time and Relative Dimensions in Space
152
Conclusion Do We Need Another Hero?
179
Notes
190
References
209
Index
227
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Shawn Shimpach is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research has appeared in the online scholarly fourm FLOW, as well as in many journals, including Social Semiotics and Cultural Studies and in the collectin Media and Public Sphere.

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