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

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 5, 2010 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
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Combining an exciting methodology alongside high-interest casestudies, Television in Transition offers studentsof television a guide to a medium that has weathered the challengesof first-run syndication, a multi-channel universe, netlets, majormedia conglomerates, deregulation, and globalization--all in thespace of twenty years.
  • Examines a return in television programming to actionnarratives with individual (super) heroes intended to navigate thisnew, international, multi-channel universe
  • Explores how television programming "translates" to new spatialgeographies: different nations, cultures, broadcast systems; anddifferent formats, distribution outlets, and screen sizes
  • Looks at the value of a program's "afterlife," the continuedcirculation, repackaging and repurposing of programming beyond itsinitial iteration
  • Blends institutional and textual analyses in casestudies of Highlander: The Series, Smallville, 24,and Doctor Who
 

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Contents

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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