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

  • Publish Date: 2010-05-03
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Shawn Shimpach

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Combining an exciting methodology alongside high-interest case studies,Television in Transitionoffers 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 studiesofHighlander: The Series, Smallville, 24, and Doctor Who

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