Television in transition [electronic resource] : the life and afterlife of the narrative action hero
- Shawn Shimpach.
- Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (258 p.)
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 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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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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Electronic reproduction. Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley InterScience, 2010. Mode of access: World Wide Web. System requirements: Web browser. Title from title screen (viewed on Mar. 29, 2010). Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions.