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The contemporary television series

Author: Michael Hammond; Lucy Mazdon
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2011
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : ReprintView all editions and formats

An engaging and provocative study of the contemporary prime-time 'quality' serial television format, this book gives a timely account of prominent programmes and explores their influential position  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Hammond; Lucy Mazdon
ISBN: 0748619003 9780748619009 0748619011 9780748619016
OCLC Number: 874471046
Notes: First published 2005
Description: xii, 260 s.
Contents: PART I: HISTORIES; 1. Hill Street Blues: Innovative Scriptwriting and a Television Renaissance (Michael Hammond, Southampton); 2. Mainstream Cult TV: The X-Files and Television History (Catherine Johnson, Southampton); 3. thirtysomething Ten Years On (Jane Feuer, Pittsburgh); 4. Twin Peaks: Erotic Surreal/Serial Thriller (Linda Ruth Williams, Southampton); 5. The Serial in Recent British Television History (Cathy Johnson, Royal Holloway); PART II: TEXTS; 6. Television and the Neo-Baroque (Angela Ndalianis, Melbourne); 7. Ally McBeal and the Problems of Long Term Character Growth (Greg R. Smith, Georgia); 8. The Bartlet Administration and Contemporary Populism in NBC's West Wing (J. Elizabeth Clark, New York); 9. The Representation of Youth and the Twenty-something Serial (Sarah Cardwell, Kent); 10. Television, Horror and Everyday Life in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Eric Freedman, Florida); 11. The Sopranos: Genres, Gangsters and Psychotherapy (Glyn White, Lancaster); PART III: RECEPTIONS; 12. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Contemporary TV Seriality and the Role of the Episode Guide (Matthew Hills, Cardiff); 13. Creating Audiences for Channel 4's ER (Janet McCabe, London); 14. ER and the Rise of Docu-Tainment (Solange Davin, London).
Responsibility: ed. by Michael Hammond & Lucy Mazdon


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