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Reading 'Desperate Housewives'
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Reading 'Desperate Housewives'

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2006-07-28
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

‘Everyone has a little dirty laundry.’ The darkly comic series about the secret lives of the ladies living on Wisteria Lane became an instant breakthrough hit for ABC. 21 million viewers tuned in for the first episode and this figure has steadily grown as audiences from around the globe have switched on to the shenanigans in suburbia. Desperate Housewives was subject to a backlash in America, where advertisers on the ABC network were lobbied by Christian groups and Parents’ Associations. But the sponsorship withdrawal that resulted did little to dampen the enthusiasm of its legions of fans. Recipient of several awards including the People’s Choice Award and Golden Globe for Best Tele...

Quality TV
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 292

Quality TV

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2007-10-15
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Dealing primarily with the post-1996 era shaped by digital technologies and defined by consumer choice and brand marketing, this book brings together leading scholars, established journalists and experienced broadcasters working in the field of contemporary television to debate what we currently mean by quality TV. They go deep into contemporary American television fictions, from The Sopranos and The West Wing, to CSI and Lost -- innovative, sometimes controversial, always compelling dramas, which one scholar has described as "now better than the movies!" But how do we understand the emergence of these kinds of fiction? Are they genuinely new? What does quality tv have to tell us about the state of today's television market? And is it quality? Original, often polemic, each chapter proposes new ways of thinking about and defining quality TV. There is a foreword from Robert Thompson, and heated dialogue between British and US television critics. Also included are interviews with W. Snuffy Walden (scored The West Wing among others) and with David Chase (The Sopranos creator).

Reading 'The L Word'
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 280

Reading 'The L Word'

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2006-02-24
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

The L Word immediately captured international attention when it debuted on American screens in January 2004. Given its standing as the first television drama series to focus on lesbians,_x000D_ it attracted controversy and devotion from within the lesbian community and beyond - and continues to make headlines and draw an enthusiastic fan base trading gossip through websites and weblogs. The groundbreaking primetime drama from Showtime is about a group of lesbian and bisexual friends living and loving in Los Angeles, and challenges traditional_x000D_ notions of relationships, queer lifestyles, gender identities, race and ethnicity, and sex and sexuality. Reading ‘The L Word’ is the first ...

Telematernity
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Telematernity

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-05-30
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Reading Sex and the City
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 273

Reading Sex and the City

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2004
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Reading Six Feet Under
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 249

Reading Six Feet Under

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2005-06-04
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

This book examines such predominant themes as the dead body, magic realism and the grotesque, American cultural politics, family relationships, homosexuality, and more. A complete episode guide to the first four seasons is included.

TV's Betty Goes Global
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 259

TV's Betty Goes Global

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-02-19
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Premiering in 2006, the stylish and award winning US hit show Ugly Betty, about kind-hearted ugly duckling Betty Suarez (America Ferrera), is the latest incarnation of a truly global phenomenon that started life as a Colombian telenovela, Yo soy Betty, la fea, back in 1999. The tale has since taken an extraordinary journey around the globe, from the original Colombian Beatriz, Indian Jassi, Chinese Wudi and Israeli Esti to the Flemish Sara, Spanish Bea, Greek Maria and Dutch Lotte as well as Czech Katka, Russian Katka and Turkish Gönül. This groundbreaking book about how television formats go global asks what the Betty phenomenon can tell us about the international circulation of locally p...

Reading Sex and the City
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 273

Reading Sex and the City

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2004-03-18
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

A highly readable and critically astute study of HBO's hit comedy, Sex and the City

TV's Betty Goes Global
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 259

TV's Betty Goes Global

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-02-19
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Premiering in 2006, the stylish and award winning US hit show Ugly Betty, about kind-hearted ugly duckling Betty Suarez (America Ferrera), is the latest incarnation of a truly global phenomenon that started life as a Colombian telenovela, Yo soy Betty, la fea, back in 1999. The tale has since taken an extraordinary journey around the globe, from the original Colombian Beatriz, Indian Jassi, Chinese Wudi and Israeli Esti to the Flemish Sara, Spanish Bea, Greek Maria and Dutch Lotte as well as Czech Katka, Russian Katka and Turkish Gönül. This groundbreaking book about how television formats go global asks what the Betty phenomenon can tell us about the international circulation of locally p...

Reading Asian Television Drama
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Reading Asian Television Drama

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-12-18
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

The Asian TV industry is 'unstoppable' reported Variety in 2008, yet most people living in the West have no idea what the rest of the world is watching on TV: what makes them laugh and cry every day. Asian TV drama this book discloses is diverse in form and content, it has value that is local as well as transcultural and its shows have strong appeal in their aesthetics, storytelling, acting and cinematography to large non-Asian as well as Asian audiences. Reading Asian Television Drama offers an insightful overview of Asian television drama from such countries as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and South Korea, and of its cultural impact. Examining both text and context, chapters analyse local dramas closely, including South Korean Hallyu shows like Autumn in my Heart and Beautiful Days. Others focus on an Asian TV network within Asia, as well as Asian global cultural exchange and the international consumption of its television. They provide full and varied coverage of this important TV industry for a wide range of readers.